Friday, June 01, 2012
By Andrew Knot
There’s no shortage of clichés equating a team to a family, and there’s good reason for that. In season, athletes see each other daily, perhaps more than their respective families. Teammates liken each other to siblings. College coaches act as parental stand-ins. But for three related members of the track and field team, Lindsay VanderBrug and Carissa and Breanna Verkaik, the team-as-family cliché is more than an adage, it’s reality.
Friday, June 01, 2012
By Jeff Febus
Mention the word “steeplechase” and a sparkle comes to Brian Diemer’s eyes, with good reason. A three-time U.S. Olympian in the track and field race, including a bronze medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Diemer holds the steeplechase close to his heart.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Three members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-District honors. Senior Dan Kerr and junior Greg Whittle have been named to the All-District 6 team on the men’s side while sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the All-District 6 team on the women’s side. As members of the all-district teams, all three individuals advanced to the national ballot and are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
CLAREMONT, CA -Calvin College senior Nick Kramer captured the national title in the 3,000 meter steeplechase tradition Saturday afternoon at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Claremont-Mudd Scripps College. A native of Dyer, Indiana, Kramer took first in a school record time of 8:51.01, breaking the previous Calvin record of 8:51.30 set by John Lumkes in 1990. Kramer is the third national champion in the men’s steeplechase from Calvin, joining Lumkes (1990) and Pat McNamara (1989). He is the first men’s track and field national champion from Calvin since J.D. Stein took the decathlon national title in 1996. Kramer was one of two steeplechase All-Americans from Calvin on Saturday as junior Alyssa Penning of Grand Rapids Christian High School took fifth in the women’s race with a career-best time of 10:40.00. Penning is the fourth individual in Calvin women’s track and field history to earn All-America honors in the steeplechase, joining Sarah Hastings (2005), Elizabeth Smit (2010) and Gretchen Braymer (2011). Calvin then claimed All-America berths in both the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters as Kramer took eighth in the men’s 5K while senior Jodi Hoekstra placed eighth in the women’s 5,000 meters.
Friday, May 25, 2012
CLAREMONT, CA -Calvin College junior Carissa Verkaik made a strong bid for an All-America berth in the women’s high jump Friday night at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships but came up just short.Competing in her second consecutive national track and field meet, Verkaik placed 13th with a leap of 5-4 1/4 on Friday. The Holland Christian High School graduate had three strong attempts at clearing the bar at 5-5 3/4 (1.67 meters) but just clipped the bar on all three attempts. Three of the top eight competitors (All-Americans) were able to clear the bar at 5-5 3/4 and bowed out at that height. Calvin will now prepare for the final day of competition, slated for Saturday. Scheduled to compete for Calvin on Saturday are junior Greg Whittle in the men’s 1,500 meters, senior Nick Kramer in the men’s steeplechase, junior Alyssa Penning in the women’s steeplechase, Kramer, senior Dan Kerr and junior Matt Vander Roest in the men’s 5,000 meters, senior Jodi Hoekstra and sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen in the women’s 5,000 meters and junior Aaron Meckes in the men’s shot put.
Friday, May 25, 2012
CLAREMONT, CA - It was a great opening day for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Claremont-Mudd Scripps College. The Calvin men claimed one All-America berth and qualified two individuals for Saturday’s finals. On the women’s side, Calvin also qualified one individual for the final day of competition at the NCAA III Championships.Highlighting the day for Calvin was the performance of senior Dan Kerr. The Petoskey High School graduate claimed All-America honors in the 10,000 meters with a fifth place time of 30:43.69. It marks the second All-America berth of Kerr’s Calvin running career as he was also an NCAA III cross country All-American for Calvin this fall. Kerr is the 11th individual in Calvin men’s track and field history to claim All-America honors in the 10,000 meters. It also marks the 17th time that Calvin had claimed an All-America berth in the men’s 10,000 meters with six individuals claiming All-America honors on more than one occasion.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined 10 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including five from its women’s team and five from its men’s team. The 10 individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 24-26) at Claremont-Scripps College in Claremont, California, include Nick Kramer, Greg Whittle, Matt Vander Roest, Aaron Meckes and Dan Kerr of the men’s team and Carissa Verkaik, Jodi Hoekstra, Nicole Michmerhuizen, Kaitlin Diemer and Alyssa Penning of the women’s team.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
NAPERVILLE, IL - A group of Calvin track and field athletes competed at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday and Friday in an attempt to improve qualifying performances for the upcoming NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.On the women’s side, sophomore Nicole Michermhuizen took first place in the 10,000 meters (36:26.23). Calvin also had a strong showing in the 1500 meters as senior Jodi Hoekstra was third (4:35.36), senior Kaitlin Diemer fifth (4:37.90) and junior Kaylea Brase ninth (4:43.82). The times by Diemer and Brase were career-best efforts. Sophomore Hilary Banning also had a career-best jump of 37-1 in the triple jump. Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of sophomores Julie Busscher, Stephanie Bennett, Olivia Butler and freshman Breanna Verkaik also posted a solid time of 3:57.69. On the men’s side, junior Aaron Meckes took second in the shot put (52-4) and sixth in the discus (150-5) while senior Nick Kramer was sixth in the 1500 meters (3:56.48) and sophomore Sam Kerk sixth in the 5,000 meters (14:45.89). The NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 24-26 in Claremont, California. The field of athletes selected for the championships will be announced Sunday morning at: NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Field
Friday, May 18, 2012
Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Region Mens’ Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A distance coach for the Knights, Diemer has nine of his men’s distance runners with top-25 marks this spring. At the MIAA Championships, his athletes won the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and Steeplechase and finished runner-up in the 1500, 5000 and 10,000 to score 88 of the team’s 170 points. Calvin currently sits 13th in the national team rankings. Diemer also serves as the head coach of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams. He shares the distance coaching duties with Al Hoekstra in men’s and women’s track and field. In 2010, Hoekstra was named the Women’s Great Lakes Region Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams continued to push for qualifying spots for the upcoming NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships as a group of Calvin athletes competes at last-chance meet hosted by Grand Valley State while another group competed at a last-chance meet hosted by North Central College. At a last chance meet hosted by Grand Valley State Friday night, senior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) had a huge performance in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, winning the race with a season-best time of 9:00.05. The time by Kramer will put him inside the top 10 on the national qualifying list and should assure him of a spot in the event if he chooses to compete in that race at the national meet. Kramer ran with the lead pack through the first 5 and-a-half laps but then broke loose over the final two laps to win the race with plenty of breathing room.« First < 4 5 6 7 8 > Last »