Friday, May 22, 2009
MARIETTA, OH—One year after enduring an agonizing national meet, Calvin College senior Nate DeHaan was able to emerge with all smiles. On Friday night, the Grand Rapids South Christian High School graduate claimed an All-America berth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing sixth at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a career-best time of 9:06.00. A year ago, DeHaan competed in the event at the national meet but lost one of his shoes after being spiked on the opening lap. DeHaan ran the rest of the way with one shoe on and one shoe off and courageously ran near the top of the pack for all but the final lap-and-a-half when he faded back to 12th place because of fatigue and pounding on his bare foot.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
MARIETTA, OH—Battling temperatures in the mid-80’s Calvin distance runners Jed Christiansen and Jessica Koster still found a way to run to All-America finishes in the 10,000 meters on day one of the NCAA III Track and Field Championships hosted by Marietta College. In the men’s race, Christiansen finished fourth with a time of 30:59.33 while Koster took fifth with a time of 36:11.75.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Calvin College sophomore Sarah Reasoner has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Field Event Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
A sophomore from Cambridge, Minn., Reasoner won MIAA titles in both the shot put and the discus to help lead Calvin to its 20th straight outdoor team title, also earning MIAA Most Outstanding Field Event Performer honors for her efforts.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined 15 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including 10 from its women’s team and five from its men’s team.
The following is a look at the 15 individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 21-23) at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
NAPERVILLE, IL—A group of Calvin track and field athletes competed at the North Central Gregory Invitational Thursday and Friday night, hoping to improve season performances and in some instances, qualifiy for next week’s NCAA III Track and Field Championships.
One athlete who gave himself a chance at qualifying was Calvin sophomore Eric Michel (Naperville, IL) in the pole vault as he recorded a career-best vault of 15-9 3/4 that places him on the bubble on the national qualifying list. Michel’s vault was an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark and puts him 15th place on the national list.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
NAPERVILLE, IL—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded competition at the two-day North Central Dr. Keeler Invitational on Friday night. Both teams had sterling performances with the middle-distance events grabbing the headlines for the Knights. Seniors Lauren Bergstrom and Elizabeth Smit led the way by breaking school records in the 800 meters and 3,000 meter steeplechase respectively.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Calvin sophomore Sarah Reasoner has been named the MIAA Women’s Most Outstanding Field Event Performer in track and field while Calvin sophomore Joel Klingenberg has received the same honor on the men’s side. In addition, 10 members of the Calvin women’s team have received All-MIAA honors while eight members of the Calvin men’s team have been so honored.
Friday, May 01, 2009
ALBION—The MIAA championship trophies are once again headed back to Calvin College. Both Calvin track and field teams wrapped up outright league crowns on Friday by finishing in first place at the MIAA Field Day hosted by Albion College.
The Calvin men recorded a first place score of 244.5 points, finishing 61 points ahead of runner-up Hope. On the women’s side, Calvin rolled to a first place score of 322 points, nearly 110 points ahead of runner-up Hope.
The MIAA title for the Calvin men’s team is its 34th overall and its 16th straight league crown. The league title for the women’s is its 20th straight which ranks as the longest active championship streak in MIAA women’s athletics history.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
ALBION—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams are in first place through one day of competition at at the MIAA Field Day hosted by Albion College but both teams will have to hold off stern challenges from Hope to maintain a grip on the top spots.
The Calvin men are currently in first place with 71 points, 28 points ahead of Hope (43 points) but the Flying Dutchmen advanced several competitors into the finals in the sprint events set for Friday afternoon.
On the women’s side, Calvin holds a 14.5 point lead over Hope as the Knights have a first place total of 66 points.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Calvin baseball doubleheader scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until Friday, May 1, because of rain. The doubleheader on Friday is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. at Olivet. The two teams will then play at Calvin on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Rain in West Michigan has also moved the MIAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournaments indoors. Updated sites and times can be found on the MIAA website at:MIAA Website
The MIAA Track and Field Championships are also underway at Albion and will continue Thursday and Friday. Check out the MIAA website for more information.