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Rachel Boerner Is Double National Titlist At NCAA III Track and Field Championships

Saturday, May 29, 2010

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BEREA, OH—Calvin College junior Rachel Boerner became the first athlete in MIAA track and field history to capture two individual national titles on the same day, winning the 400 meter dash and the 400 meter hurdles Saturday afternoon at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College.

Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ/Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) cruised to victories in both events, winning the 400 meters in a time of 54.50 and the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 59.80. Boerner’s double national title effort helped the Calvin women’s track and field team finish fifth in the final team standings with 35 points, just one point out of fourth and two points out of third place.

Rachel Boerner 400 Meters Video Interview

Rachel Boerner 400 Meter Hurdles Video Interview

Rachel Boerner wins two national titles from Calvin College on Vimeo

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Kramer and Smit Claim All-America Berths in Steeplechase at NCAA III Championships

Friday, May 28, 2010

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BEREA, OH—The steeplechase tradition at Calvin College continues. 

On Friday night at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College, Calvin crowned an All-American in the men’s steeplechase and the women’s steeplechase as sophomore Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) was fourth (9:04.28) in the men’s race and senior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA/Bellevue Christian HS) fifth (10:43.79) in the women’s race.Kramer is the ninth individual in Calvin men’s track and field history to earn All-America plaudits in the steeplechase while Smit joins Sarah Hastings (2005) as one of two steeplechase All-Americans in Calvin women’s track and field history.

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

Liz Smit Audio Interview

Nick Kramer Audio Interview

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Jessica Koster Claims All-America Honors in 10,000 Meters at NCAA III Track and Field Championships

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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BEREA, OH—Calvin College senior Jessica Koster capped off her standout distance running career at Calvin with an All-America finish in the 10,000 meters Thursday night at Baldwin-Wallace College, placing sixth with a time of 36:28.33. The All-America berth is the second of Koster’s track and field career and the third of her distance racing career at Calvin. Koster was fifth in the 10,000 meters at the 2009 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She also owns an All-America berth in cross country, placing 34th at the 2009 NCAA III Cross Country Championships, ironically hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College this past November.

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Calvin Track & Field Athletes Gather at NCAA III Championships Banquet Wednesday Night

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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The members of the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field program competing at the NCAA III Championships this weekend at Baldwin-Wallace College gathered for a pre-race banquet Wednesday night. At the banquet, Calvin distance coach Al Hoekstra was presented with the Division III Great Lakes Regional Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor is with the team at the national meet and caught up with several members of the Calvin coaching staff for pre-nationals interviews:

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Bret Otte Audio Interview

Norm Zylstra Audio Interview

Championships Banquet Photo Gallery

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Al Hoekstra Named Great Lakes Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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USTFCCA Regional Award Winners Announcement

For the first time in his career, Calvin College distance coach Al Hoekstra has been named the Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year inw omen’s track and field. A 26-year distance coach at Calvin, Hoekstra is being honored by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association.

This spring, Hoekstra has helped coach five distance athletes that are entered in the NCAA III Championships in the distance evnets, a championship high. His distance runners swept the top four positions at the MIAA Championships in the women’s steeplechase and the top three in the 10,000 meters.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Sending 16 to NCAA III Track & Field Championships

Sunday, May 23, 2010

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Baldwin-Wallace NCAA III Championships Site

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined 16 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including 12 from its women’s team and four from its men’s team.

The following is a look at the 16 individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 27-29) at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

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Calvin Track and Field Athletes Make Final Push For Nationals at Last-Chance Meets

Saturday, May 22, 2010

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Down to their chance to qualify for next week’s NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, several Calvin athletes came up big on Friday. In a meet hosted by Augustana University in Rock Island, Illinois, Calvin throwers Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN/Cambridge-Isanti HS) likely solidified their positions in the discus for next week’s national meet as Oberle uncorked a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 145-8 while Reasoner won the competition with a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 153-11.

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Track and Field Teams Notch NCAA Qualifying Performances at Chicago Penultimate Invitational

Sunday, May 16, 2010

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CHICAGO, IL - A group of Calvin track and field athletes competed at the Penultimate Invitational hosted by the University of Chicago on Saturday afternoon. Over the course of the competition, Calvin recorded six NCAA III provisional qualifying performances and one automatic mark.

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Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Compete at North Central Dr. Keeler Invitational

Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Dr. Keeler Invitational Results

NAPERVILLE, IL - the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out competition at the two-day Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College Friday night. Over the course of the two days of competition, Calvin produced a number of NCAA III provisional qualifying performances.

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Boerner and Reasoner Receive MIAA Track & Field MVP Awards - Calvin Athletes Receive All-MIAA Honors

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Two members of the MIAA Champion Calvin women’s track and field team have received MIAA MVP honors. For the second consecutive year, Calvin junior Sarah Reasoner has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Field Event Performer. Meanwhile, Calvin junior Rachel Boerner has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Runner. Reasoner is receiving MIAA Most Valuable Field Event Performer honors for the second straight year. Boerner and Reasoner were also part of 11 athletes from the Calvin women’s team to receive All-MIAA honors. On the men’s side, Calvin landed eight individuals on the All-MIAA team led by senior Kelby McClelland and junior Alex Wrobel who were both named to the All-MIAA honor squad for the third time.

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