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Megann Rhode Named to Canadian Track & Field Team To Compete at Commonwealth Games

Friday, August 06, 2010

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Canadian Track & Field Commomwealth Games Announcement

Megann Rhode, a 2007 Calvin College graduate, has been selected to represent Canada in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India. Rhode will compete in the hammer throw for Canada with the games scheduled to be held October 6-12.

Rhode is one of three hammer throwers on the Canadian track and field team that will travel to India for the Commonwealth Games.

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Calvin Track & Field Teams Receive Academic Honors from USTFCCCA

Friday, August 06, 2010

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams have again achieved academic and athletic excellence.

For the 10th straight year, the Calvin women’s track and field team has received the all-academic team award from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Calvin men’s track and field team has also received the award for the second straight year.

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Calvin College Graduate Takes Third In Hammer Throw at Canadian Track and Field Championships

Saturday, July 31, 2010

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Canadian Track and Field Championships Site

TORONTO - 2007 Calvin College graduate Megann (VanderVliet) Rhode took third Saturday afternoon at the Canadian Track and Field Championships at the University of Toronto. Rhode took third with a throw of 64.17 meters (210.53 feet). Rhode finished behind Kamloops teammate Sultana Frizell who took first with a throw of 71.89 meters and Crystal Smith who was second with a throw of 64.45 meters.

Rhode is currently training under the tutelage of Dr. Anatoly Bondarchuk with the Kamloops Track and Field Club in Kamloops, British Columbia. Bondarchuk was the gold medalist in the men’s hammer throw at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich and the bronze medalist in the event at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

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Calvin Women’s Track & Field Team Lands 10 on USTFCCCA All-Academic List

Friday, July 30, 2010

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USTFCCA Women's Track and Field All-Academic List

NEW ORLEANS - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced the men’s 2010 Division III All-Academic Track & Field team. A total of 330 student-athletes representing 99 institutions compose the group. Calvin was second among all squads with 10 individuals so honored with Wartburg first with 12. Individuals from the Calvin women’s track and field team that received USTFCCA All-Academic status include Rachel Boerner, Gretchen Braymer, Sarah Dugan, Nicole Farr, Jordan Gabrielse, Jessica Koster, Joy Leach, Alyssa Penning, Mary Tolsma and Rebekah VanDyk.

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Calvin Lands 143 on MIAA Academic Honor Roll - 19 Named to Honor Roll For Fourth Straight Year

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Calvin's MIAA Academic Honor Roll Recipients

The 2009-10 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 143 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.

The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, 19 are from Calvin.

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10 Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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History of Calvin's MIAA Team GPA Award Recipients

For the second consecutive year, 10 Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2009-10 academic year – matching a Calvin record. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year.  A year ago, Calvin established a school record as 10 of its 17 varsity teams eligible for the honor achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average.

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Jessica Koster Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Jessica Koster has been named a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

Koster is receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades once again in the women’s college track and field/cross country college division. A cross country and track and field standout, Koster has earned All-America accolades three times in her Calvin running career - twice in track and field and once in cross country. This past fall, she pciked up an All-America berth in cross country by placing 34th at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships. Last month, she claimed All-America honors for the second straight year in the 10,000 meters, placing sixth in the event at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. At the 2009 national meet, she placed fifth in the 10,000 meters.

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Calvin Finishes 14th in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Final NCAA III Learfield Director's Cup Standings 2009-10

For the 15th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing 14th in the nation in Division III in 2009-10 with a total of 634 points.
Calvin’s point total is its second-highest ever in the 15 years of the competition.

Calvin continues to be one of only seven schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.

Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga.

Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 14th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,292.25 points.

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Jessica Koster & Rachel Boerner Receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams

Two members of the Calvin women’s track and field program have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. Senior Jessica Koster has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team in the women’s college track and field field/cross country division while junior Rachel Boerner has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team. As a member of the first team, Koster advances to the national ballot and is now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America consideration. The college division of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.

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Calvin Places Third in Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Standings

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Team Standings

Calvin College has finished in third place in the second annual Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award standings as announced by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A year ago, Calvin finished fifth in the inaugural year of the award.

In what was an extremely close finish between UW Oshkosh, MIT, and Calvin, the Titans pulled out the Program of the Year victory via their second-place team finish at last weekend’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the meet, UW Oshkosh with 53 held off MIT’s third-place showing (37) and Calvin’s fifth-place finish (35). In the final Program of the Year standings, UW Oshkosh ended with 17 points (13 cross country, 2 indoor track & field, 2 outdoor track & field), MIT had 18 points (5 XC, 10 ITF, 3 OTF) and Calvin notched 19 points (3 XC, 11 ITF, 5 OTF). Last year’s Program of the Year winner, Wartburg – who won the NCAA indoor track & field team title in 2010 – was fourth with 21 points .

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