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Calvin Track and Field Teams Have Strong Performances at Ernie Moussea Classic

Saturday, April 27, 2013

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A group of Calvin College track and field athletes competed at the Ernie Mousseau Classic hosted by Aquinas on Saturday at Houseman Field. Highlights for the Calvin men included sophomore Calvin Kuyers winning the 400 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 54.47 with freshman teammate Joel Ooms taking second in 57.21.  Senior Aaron Meckes had a season-best toss of 158-9 in taking third in the discus while also winning the shot put with a throw of 51-0 1/4. Sophomore Erik Holstege also took second in the 110 high hurdles (15.69).  Junior Andrew Dykstra also won the javelin with a toss of 168-8. On the women’s side, junior Hilary Banning won the triple jump (35-7 3/4) and long jump (17-0). Senior Carissa Verkaik won the high jump (5-5) while freshman Natalie Kmet had a season-best throw of 37-2 1/2 that was good for second place. Sophomore Breanna Verkaik had a career-best time in winning the 400 meter hurdles in 1:05.77. Sophomore Rebecca Vanderbyl was second in the 400 meters (1:01.26) and sophomore Julie Busscher second in the 200 meters (25.73). Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the MIAA Field Day next Thursday and Friday at Hope College.

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Michmerhuizen Shatters 10,000 Meter Record - Calvin Distance Crew Runs Wild at Hillsdale

Friday, April 26, 2013

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HILLSDALE - A group of Calvin College distance runners once again ran wild at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. The meet has often been a mecca for big performances for Calvin’s distance crew and Friday night proved to be no different.Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) highlighted the evening with a remarkable performance in the 10,000 meters. Michmerhuizen won the race with a meet and Calvin record time of 34:09.96. The time broke the previous Hillsdale Gina Relays women’s 10K record of 34:41.61 set by Eastern Michigan’s Julie Watson in 1987. It also broke the previous Calvin record of 35:44.36 set by Christina Overbeck in 2007. In addition, the time is the seventh-fastest in Division III women’s track and field history. Michmerhuizen’s performance was one of several standout performances for the Maroon and Gold on Friday.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Have Solid Performances at Al Owens Classic

Saturday, April 20, 2013

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ALLENDALE - Forced to move inside because of cold, icy conditions, the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams still put together a solid day of performances at the Al Owens Invitational hosted by Grand Valley State on Saturday inside the Kelly Family Sports Center. In the women’s competition, junior Julie Busscher (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had a stellar day, finishing third in the 60 meter dash (8.02) and second in the 200 meters (25.88). In the 800 meters, junior Rachel Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Collegiate Institute) and junior Olivia Butler (Grant/Grant HS) tied for third in a time of 2:16.41 while sophomore Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took fifth in 2:16.66. In the 1,500 meters, senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) was fifth (4:43.96). Field events were also a strength for the Calvin women’s team as junior Lauren Madden (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) took first in the javelin (111-5). On the men’s side, sophomore Erik Holstege (Kewsic, VA/Monticello HS) had himself a day, winning the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.53. Sophomore Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) also sparkled, taking third in 39.35). Sophomore Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Nequa Valley HS) capped off the meet for the Maroon and Gold by winning the 3,000 meters (8:50.28). Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the Hillsdale Relays next weekend.

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Calvin’s Busscher and Meckes Receive Weekly Honors from MIAA in Track & Field

Monday, April 15, 2013

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A pair of Calvin College track and field athletes have received weekly honors from the MIAA. Calvin’s Julie Busscher has been named the MIAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, while Calvin’s Aaron Meckes has been chosem MIAA Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. Busscher, a junior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), won the 100-meter dash in :12.84 and the 200-meter dash in :26.21 to help lead Calvin to a first-place showing at the MIAA Jamboree at Olivet. She also was part of the Knights’ winning 4x100-meter relay and their 4x400-meter relay team that placed second. Busscher is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. Meckes, a senior from Bay City (Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS), won the shot put with a toss of 49 feet, 6-1/4 inches at the MIAA Jamboree. He also took second in the discus with a throw of 149 feet, 4 inches. Meckes is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and fourth time in his career. Both Calvin track and field teams return to action this weekend, competing at the Al Owens Classic at Grand Valley State University.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Claim First Place at MIAA Jamboree Hosted by Olivet

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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OLIVET – The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams took a step forward in seeking bids for MIAA titles on Saturday. Both teams took first place at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet College. The MIAA Jamboree is worth one-half of the final MIAA title with the upcoming MIAA Field Day scheduled for May 2 and 3 at Hope College making up the remaining half. In the MIAA Jamboree on Saturday, the Calvin men recorded a first place total of 875.50 points using the “true team scoring” formula where up to 21 places receive points.  Hope took second in the men’s standings with 822.5 points. Using the traditional NCAA meet scoring format (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), the Calvin men also finished in first place. On the women’s side, Calvin recorded a first place total of 941.50 points with Hope second with 812 points. Using the traditional NCAA meet scoring format (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), the Calvin women also finished in first place. Both Calvin teams will now prepare to compete at the Al Owens Classic next Friday and Saturday at Grand Valley State.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Remain Nationally-Ranked

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Top 25 Rankings

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams continue to be nationally-ranked. The Calvin women’s team is ranked 17th while the Calvin men’s team is ranked 25th in the latest set of Division III Top 25 rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Both Calvin teams will compete at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet on Saturday. The Jamboree website can be found online at: MIAA Jamboree Website

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Calvin in Ninth Place in Learfield Director’s Cup Standings Through Winter Sports Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Learfield Director's Cup Standings Through Winter Season

The winter sports season was recently completed for NCAA Division III athletics and the latest set of Learfield Director’s Cup standings for Division III have been announced. Calvin is ranked ninth in the latest set of standings with 508 points. The Knights garnered 199.5 points during the recent winter sports season. The Learfield Director’sCup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The Learfield Director’s Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions. Scoring points for Calvin during the winter season were the Calvin women’s basketball team (25 points), men’s basketball (64 points), women’s indoor track and field (47.5 points) and women’s swimming and diving team (63 points).  During the fall sports season, Calvin produced 308.5 points as its men’s and women’s soccer teams, volleyball team and men’s and women’s cross country team all scored points. Calvin has now had nine of its 21 varsity sports teams score points in the Director’s Cup chase. The competition will conclude at the end of the spring sports season with a final set of standings set to be released in June.

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Calvin C Club to Hold First-Ever Calvin Athletics Awards Night May 8

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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C Club Awards Night Nominees

In Calvin athletics, what was the best play of the year? Who were the male and female newcomers of the year? What was the most exceptional performance in an individual event? Come to the arena on May 8 to find out. On Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena, the Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to an evening of celebrating Calvin athletics. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a “Year in Review” video and the presentation of 13 awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year. Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 for guests (reduced to $5 for current students and C Club members). Business attire is desired.

Don’t miss this historic first-ever night of Calvin athletic awards—RSVP by May 1!

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Calvin’s Kerr and Michmerhuizen Named MIAA Track Athletes of the Week

Monday, April 08, 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 7 and Calvin’s Dan Kerr (men) and Nicole Michmerhuizen (women) have been named the MIAA’s Track Athletes of the Week. Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), won the men’s 5,000-meter run at the Michigan State Invitational in East Lansing in a time of 14:43.62, leading a pack of four Calvin runners who finished in the top 10. He is being honored as Track Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. Michmerhuizen, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), took first place in the women’s 5,000-meter run at the Michigan State Invitational in East Lansing, finishing with a time of 17:16.37. She is being honored as Track Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. Both Calvin track and field teams are preparing to compete at the MIAA Jamboree this Saturday at Olivet College.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Produce Strong Efforts at Spartan Invitational

Sunday, April 07, 2013

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EAST LANSING - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State University on Saturday. In the women’s competition, junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took first place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:16.37. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, junior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) took seventh in a time of 11:27.62. Senior Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 5-3. In the triple jump, Calvin had a pair of top 10 finishers as freshman Kara Steenstra (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) was sixth (34-11 3/4) and junior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) ninth (34-5). Calvin also had a pair of top 10 finishers in the javelin as junior Lauren Madden (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) was fifth (113-1) and sophomore Jordyn Platt (Wood Dale, IL/Timothy Christian HS) sixth (111-8).  On the men’s side, Calvin’s signature event was the 5,000 meters as senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) took first place in a time of 14:43.62 while senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) was fourth (14:51.62), senior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) fifth (14:51.98) and senior David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) 10th (15:17.82). In the high jump, freshman Jon Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) tied for eighth (6-3 1/4). In the shot put, senior Aaron Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) was sixth (50-11) while junior Andrew Dykstra (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) was 10th (44-11).  In the discus, Meckes was ninth (154-4). In the javelin, Dykstra was sixth (153-4). Both Calvin teams return to action on Saturday, competing at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet College.

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