Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Calvin women’s track and field team has risen to the number-one spot in the most recent Division III National Rankings released this morning by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Calvin holds the top spot with 152.42 points with Illinois Wesleyan second with 144.10 points and Wisconsin-Oshkosh third with 125.15 points.
The rankings are achieved through a mathematical formulae based on current national descending order lists. The rankings should not be confused as a “form chart” or a hard-line predictor of NCAA Championship team finishes, but as an indicator of those who have the best chances and deepest rosters to compete as the nation’s best.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Calvin’s track and field athletes were split up on Saturday with half competing at the Hillsdale Gina Relays with the other half competing at the Aquinas College Open at Houseman Field.
At the Hillsdale Gina Relays, junior Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) posted an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 55.29 in winning the 400 meters. She also anchored Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team that posted an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 3:54.55 that was good for second place. The relay included senior Katie Roelofs (Grand Rapids, Mich.), sophomore Kaitlin Diemer (South Christian HS) and sophomore Jordan Gabrielse (Unity Christian HS). In the women’s pole vault, senior Joy Leach (Charlottsville, VA) achieved a career-best in placing second with an NCAA III provisional qualifying vault of 12-1 1/2 that placed her second.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
HILLSDALE—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams came up with several sterling performances on Friday night at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. Calvin was led by its distance contingent on Friday night, particularly from its women’s team.
Senior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA) qualified automatically with a school record time of 10:29.55 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, breaking her own school record by nearly 15 seconds. In the women’s 10,000 meters, senior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) was one of four Calvin runners to post NCAA III provisional qualifying times as she placed third in a time of 35:48.14. Koster’s time was just .14 off an automatic qualifying time and will almost certainly cement her ticket to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
OLIVET—Faced with another stern challenge from rival Hope College, the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams dug down deep to claim first place victories at the MIAA Jamboree on Saturday at Olivet College. The Calvin men’s track and field team took first place with 952.5 points, 7.5 points ahead of Hope. On the women’s side, Calvin recorded a first place score of 974.5 points, 35 points ahead of Hope. Saturday’s MIAA Jamboree is worth 50 percent of the final MIAA title. The upcoming MIAA Field Day scheduled for May 6 and 7 at Alma College will make up the remaining 50 percent.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
BIG RAPIDS - the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Ferris State Bulldog Invitational on Saturday.
On the women’s side, junior Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN) won the discus with a season best and NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 146-7. She also took second in the shot put with an NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 44-6 1/4. Calvin junior Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids Christian HS was second in the discus with a throw of 134-6.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Despite torrential rain and high winds, several members of the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams posted strong performances at the Grand Rapids Open hosted by Aquinas College at Houseman field Saturday afternoon.
Monday, March 22, 2010
By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice
Calvin’s track and field success over the years has been one of the most consistent of all the sports offered here. Last Saturday the Knights added another chapter to that rich history as junior Rachel Boerner won the 400 meters with a time of 55.95. Boerner has already proven herself a veteran runner on this deep track team for the Knights, but this accomplishment certainly tops the list of her many accolades.
A native of Bergenfield New Jersey, Boerner would eventually graduate high school from the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Minnesota. Her brother-in-law, a Calvin alumnus, encouraged her to consider coming to Grand Rapids for her undergraduate studies, and now she has won a national title as a Calvin runner.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
MEMPHIS, TN – The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams both had strong starts to their outdoor seasons at the Rhodes College Open Invitational on Saturday. Junior Rachel Boerner led the way with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of of 1:01.64 in the 400 meter hurdles. The time came just one week after Boerner captured the 400 meter national title at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Calvin women’s track and field team placed 11th at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships with 18 points. The Knights accomplished the 11th place berth behind two individuals as junior Rachel Boerner captured the national title in the 400 meters with a time of 55.95 while junior Sarah Reasoner was second in the shot put with a throw of 46-4. Senior Jed Christiansen also competed in the men’s 5,000 meters, placing 10th with a time of 15:03.
(photos courtesy of DePauw University)
Friday, March 12, 2010
GREENCASTLE, IN—Calvin College junior Rachel Boerner has advanced to the finals of the women’s 400 meters at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships at DePauw University.
A native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Boerner posted the fourth-fastest performance out of Friday’s prelims, clocking in with a time of 56.95. Boerner will run in the second of two heats (four individuals in each heat) in Saturday’s finals.