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Calvin Distance Runners Cruise at North Central Dr. Keeler Invite

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Dr. Keeler Invite Results

A group of Calvin distance runners made their case for trips to the NCAA III Championships clear this weekend. Although NCAA Division III track and field no longer uses an automatic qualifying time/mark system, senior Greg Whittle along with juniors Sam Kerk and Nicole Michmerhuizen virtually sealed spots to the upcoming national meet with strong weekend performances at last-chance meets. On Thursday night at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took second in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:55.03. Her time is the sixth-best in Division III this spring and should cement her a spot to the national meet in the event.  Michmerhuizen already owns the nation’s best time in the 10,000 meters (34:09.96). On the men’s side, Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) and Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) had huge performances Friday night at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in the 1,500 meters with Whittle taking second with a time of 3:49.92 while Kerk was third in 3:50.21. The time by Whittle is the sixth-best time in Division III this spring and is the second-fastest in Calvin men’s track and field history. Kerk joins David Sydow and John Lumkes as the only three individuals in Calvin men’s track and field history to run sub-3:50.00 times in the event.

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Erik Holstege Cracks 6,000-Point Plateau in Decathlon at Hillsdale Charger Classic

Thursday, May 09, 2013

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HILLSDALE - Calvin College sophomore Erik Holstege completed a stellar two days of competition in the decathlon Thursday afternoon at the Hillsdale Charger Classic. Competing in his second-ever decathlon, Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) recorded a career-best score of 6,074 points. The point total eclipses his previous career best of 5,422 points established at a last-chance meet at Grand Valley State last spring. Holstege’s total of 6,074 points puts him 25th on the NCAA Division III qualifying list. Holstege had several career-best efforts in the two-day, 10-event competition. In the 100 meters, he had a career-best time of 11.35 while also ripping off a career-best time of 15.28 in the 110 high hurdles. In the field events, he had a long jump of 22 feet, a high jump of 6-0, a pole vault of 10-8,  a javelin throw of 123-4, a shot put throw of 34-8 and a discus heave of 110-3. He also ran 52.85 in the 400 meters and 5:11.36 in the 1,500 meters. His time in the 400 meters came on his second race in the event. In a bizarre turn of events, the timing system failed in his initial 400 meter race. Hand times had Holstege at around 51.5. Needing a fully automated time in the 400 meters to officially post a score in the event, Holstege was given a three-hour wait before running again. In his second race, he clocked in at 52.85.

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First Calvin C Club Awards Knight Takes Place at Calvin Wednesday Night

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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The first-ever Calvin C Club Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday night inside Van Noord Arena. The following is a list of the award recipients:

BREAKTHROUGH TEAM OF THE YEAR - Men’s Tennis

RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE - Nicole Michmerhuizen - women’s track and field, 10,000 meters

ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Powell, men’s basketball

PLAY OF THE YEAR - Danielle Carter, women’s soccer - game winning OT goal vs Hope in MIAA Tournament

MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Taylor Pruis, men’s soccer

FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Michaela Rookus, women’s swimming & diving

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nick Holtrop, men’s soccer

FEMALE ATHLETE(S) OF THE YEAR - Lizzie Kamp, volleyball & Carissa Verkaik, basketball & track & field

EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT - Elisabeth Counsell, women’s swimming & diving

GAME OF THE YEAR - Calvin men’s basketball MIAA Tournament final win over Hope

KAY TIEMERSMA AWARD WINNER(S) - Lizzie Kamp & Carissa Verkaik

BERE’ MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER - Dan Kerr, men’s cross country & track & field

The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup trophy was also unveiled at the ceremony.

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Calvin Women’s Track and Field Team Has Eight Members Land on All-MIAA Team

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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The All-MIAA women’s track and field team has been announced and eight members of the MIAA champion Calvin women’s track and field squad have received all-conference honors. Named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin are seniors Carissa Verkaik, Kaylea Brase, Alyssa Penning, juniors Lauren Madden, Julie Busscher, Nicole Michmerhuizen, Hilary Banning and Olivia Butler. The Calvin women’s track and field team captured the outright MIAA title by taking first place at both the MIAA Jamboree and MIAA Field Day this spring. The title was Calvin’s fourth under fourth-year head coach Bret Otte and the 24th consecutive in program history. The championship streak of 24 titles is the longest active championship streak in MIAA women’s athletics history.

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Calvin College Wins MIAA Commissioner’s Cup!!!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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For the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year, Calvin College has won the outright MIAA Commissioner’s Cup. Calvin finished the year with 216 points, finishing ahead of rival Hope which earned 205 points. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 year, Calvin and Hope shared the Commissioner’s Cup as the two schools tied for first place. Hope had since won the last four outright titles. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s standings in eight of 10 sports for men and eight of 10 sports for women. The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 34 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 and Alma 5. In addition, Calvin took first place in the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 102 points, finishing ahead of Hope which tallied 93. Calvin also took first place in the MIAA Women’s All-Sports standings with 114 points, edging Hope by two points. The 2012-13 academic year was an historic one for the Calvin athletics program as it captured an MIAA record 12 conference titles including 10 that were outright league crowns. Calvin competes in 19 of the 20 MIAA-sponsored sports. The Knights do not compete in football.

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Carissa Verkaik Named Michigan Female College Athlete of Year by Detroit Athletic Club

Monday, May 06, 2013

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Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik will head to Detroit next week. This afternoon, the two-sport standout was named the recipient of the 2013 Michigan Female College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC). A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is the third individual in Calvin athletics history to receive the award. Lisa Winkle (basketball, track & field) was the inaugural DAC Female College Athlete of the Year in 2006 with Becky Weima (swimming) receiving the same honor in 2007. The honors, recognizing both academic and athletic excellence, will be presented during this year’s 17th Annual DAC Athletic Awards at 7 p.m. on May 13 at the DAC. The event continues the Club’s tradition of supporting athletics in the community and will benefit the Foundation’s mission. A total of six female and six male high school nominees as well as one female and one male college athlete are selected each year.

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Calvin Track & Field Teams Wrap Up MIAA Titles - 11th and 12th Conference Crowns of Year for Knights

Friday, May 03, 2013

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HOLLAND - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams were in no sharing mood on Friday at the MIAA Field Day. Both teams took first place on Friday and in doing so, captured outright MIAA titles - both achieving the feat together for the first time since 2010. The MIAA titles are the 11th and 12th of the 2012-13 academic year for Calvin College - a new MIAA record. On the women’s side, Calvin produced a first place total of 273.5 points with Hope second with 189 points. The league title is the 24th consecutive crown for the Knights which marks the longest active championship streak in MIAA women’s athletics history. On the men’s side, Calvin recorded a first place total of 232.5 points which Hope second with 179.5 points. The league title is the 37th in Calvin men’s track and field history - more than any other MIAA member school.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Move Into First Place at MIAA Field Day

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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HOLLAND - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams moved into first place on the first day of competition at the MIAA Field Day hosted by Hope College. The MIAA Field Day is worth one-half of the final league crown. The MIAA Jamboree - held three weeks ago - makes up the remaining half. Both Calvin teams took first place at the earlier MIAA Jamboree. Through one day of competition, the Calvin men’s team has 72 points, 38 points ahead of Hope while the Calvin women’s team has 62.5 points with Alma second with 58 points.Ranked 24th nationally, the Calvin men took first place in just one event on Thursday but flashed strong depth throughout the day to pile up an early first place point total. Senior David VandeBunte led the charge by winning the 10,000 meters in a time of 31:17.38. On the women’s side, Calvin took first place in two events Thursday. Senior Carissa Verkaik got the day rolling by winning the high jump for the third consecutive year, doing so with a jump of 5-3. She was one of three Calvin high jumpers to score points as sophomore Christina Geating was second and sophomore Kelley Tuinenga seventh. Action continues on Friday at 10 a.m.

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Michmerhuizen Named Division III National Women’s Runner of the Week by USTFCCCA

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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For the first time in her collegiate career, Calvin College junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been named the Division III National Runner of the Week by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Michmerhuizen (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) ran one of Division III’s all-time best 10,000 meter races at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays, powering to a 34:09.96 — the seventh-fastest time in division history. Her torrid pace propelled her to victory by more than 10 seconds over a field with mixed DI, DII and DIII talent and to the 2013 division lead by nearly a full minute. Most remarkable is the fact that her 16:55 second half of the race would have stood alone as the fifth-best performance at 5000 meters in DIII this season, never mind the fact that she ran another 5000 meters before that point. Her time broke a 26-year-old Gina Relays record of 34:41.61 set in 1987 by Eastern Michigan’s Julie Watson; and it crushed the previous Calvin school record of 35:44..36 set in 2007 by Christina Overbeck by more than a minute and a half. Hers is the fastest DIII 10,000 meters race since Toni Wiszowaty of Plattsburgh State ran 33:57.48 at the Penn Relays in 2008.

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Michmerhuizen and Meckes Receive Weekly Track and Field Honors From MIAA

Monday, April 29, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced its Athletes of the Week in track and field through April 27. Calvin’s Nicole Michmerhuizen has been named MIAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, while Calvin’s Aaron Meckes (men) has been chosen MIAA Men’s Field Athletes of the Week. Michmerhuizen, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), broke a 26-year-old meet record in the women’s 10,000 meters by more than 30 seconds at the Hillsdale Gina Relays, winning in a school record time of 34:09.96. She smashed the Calvin school record in the event by an incredible 1 minute, 34.4 seconds. Michmerhuizen is being honored as Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and in her career. Her time was the seventh-fastest in NCAA Division III women’s track and field history. Meckes, a senior from Bay City (Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS), won the shot put with a toss of 51 feet, 0-1/4 inch and placed third in the discus with a season-best throw of 158 feet, 9 inches at the Ernie Mousseau Classic at Aquinas. He is being honored as Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and fifth time in his career.

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