Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams continue to hold spots in the latest set of Division III National Rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.The Calvin men’s team is ranked 24th while the Calvin women’s team is ranked 16th. Both Calvin teams are at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing this weekend on the campus of Michigan State University.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the (non-scoring) Grand Rapids Open hosted by Aquinas College at Houseman Field Saturday afternoon. Several of the events that were held were non-traditional. One of those events was the 300 meter dash. On the women’s side, junior Julie Busscher (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) took first place in a time of 41.98. Busscher was one of several winners for the Calvin women’s team. Other winners for the Calvin women included junior Olivia Butler (Grant/Grant HS) in the 1,000 meter run (3:04.22), freshman McKenzie Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) in the 3,000 meter run (10:30.22), sophomore Christina Geating (Abington, PA/Abington HS) in the high jump (5-1), junior Lauren Madden (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) in the javelin (120-5) and junior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) in the triple jump (35-7 1/4). On the men’s side, Calvin received first place performances from senior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesbug HS) in the 1,000 meters (2:31.37), sophomore Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) in the 300 meter hurdles (39.06) and senior Aaron Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) in the shot put (50-6 1/4). Junior Ben deWaal Malefyt (Midland Park, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) also had a notable performance in the discus, tossing a career-best mark of 160-3 with Meckes close behind at 154-3. Both Calvin teams will now prepare to compete at the Spartan Invitational next Saturday on the campus of Michigan State University.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The first set of Division III national rankings for outdoor track and field have been released and both the Calvin men’s and women’s teams are nationally-ranked. In the first national poll released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association, the Calvin women’s team is ranked 15th while the Calvin men’s team is ranked 18th. Both Calvin teams are scheduled to compete at the Grand Rapids Open on Saturday at Houseman Field.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, SC - The Calvin men’s and women’s track teams concluded action at the Weems Baskin Inviational hosted by the University of South Carolina.On the women’s side, junior Julie Busscher had a solid day in the sprints, clocking a time of 12.83 in the 100 meters and 26.51 in the 200 meters. Sophomore Kelley Tuinenga later had a solid time of 1:08.64 in the 400 meter hurdles and then posted a jump of 5-1 in the high jump.
Sophomore Christina Geating then went 10-6 in the pole vault.On the men’s side, sophomore Erik Holstege had a strong performance in the 110 high hurdles, clocking in with a time of 15.93 while also jumping 20-5 in the long jump. Sophomore Calvin Kuyers also performed well in the 400 meter hurdles, recording a time of 56.70. Freshman Jon Cok later posted a mark of 6-4 3/4 in the high jump. Both teams will now prepare to compete at the Grand Rapids Open next Saturday at Houseman Field.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, MO - Calvin opened competition at the Will Baskin Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina on Friday. The majority of the events were field events on Friday. Sophomore Christina Geating had a strong performance in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 10-6. Sophomore Jordyn Platt also had a throw of 95-11 in the javelin. On the men’s side, freshman David Dadzie had a throw of 157-5 and junior Andrew Dykstra a toss of 157-4 in the javelin. Action continues on Saturday.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
LYNCHBURG, VA - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Lynchburg College Open on Saturday. The Calvin men’s team took third with 75 points while the Calvin women’s team took sixth with 39 points. Top marks for the Calvin men included senior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) winning the 5,000 meters (15:34.74) and senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) winning the 10,000 meters (31:18.23). Sophomore Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) also took second in the steeplecahse with a time of 9:37.77. On the women’s side, junior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan) took second in the steeple (11:45.92), senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) took second in the 1,500 meters (4:46.46) and sophomore Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) took third third in the 5,000 meters (18:38.06).
Monday, March 11, 2013
Calvin College holds the lead in the latest set of MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings as well as in the standings for the MIAA Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Awards. Calvin has a first place total of 147 points in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings with Hope second with 126 points. In the men’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 68 points with Hope second with 56 points. In the women’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 79 points with Hope second with 70 points. This year, Calvin has captured nine MIAA regular season championships, winning league titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
NAPERVILLE, IL - Calvin junior Nicole Michmerhuizen ran the race of her life Saturday afternoon, earning a national runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College. The Holland Christian High School graduate took second place with a career-best (indoor) 5,000 meter time of 16:57.67. Michmerhuizen made a serious bid for the win as she grabbed first place in the third lap of the race and held the lead until the final 20 meters as pre-race favorite Christy Cazzola of Wisconsin-Oshkosh put on a furious sprint to outlean Michmerhuizen at the finish line, winning with a time of 16:57.58.The second place finish by Michmerhuizen allowed Calvin to earn eight points and finish tied for 23rd in the final team standings. The finish was also a sweet one for Michmerhuizen as she had missed All-America bids this past fall at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships and at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships last spring in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.The All-America berth is the first for Michmerhuizen and is the first by a female Calvin distance runner at the indoor national meet. She entered Saturday’s race seeded fourth.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Calvin College distance coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in women’s track and field by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Diemer, specializing in coaching distance events, will be sending Nicole Michmerhuizen, the fourth-ranked DIII runner at 5000 meters (16:58.03) to the NCAA Championships to represent Calvin. Under his guidance the Calvin women’s distance medley relay was ranked No. 12 nationally and first in region. It marks the second regional coach of the year award for Diemer this academic year. In November, he was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Calvin College junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has earned a berth to the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled to be held this Friday and Saturday at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Michmerhuizen will be competing in the 5,000 meters where she is seeded fourth with a time of 16:58.03. Michmerhuizen will be competing at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships for the first time. A year ago, she competed at the outdoor national meet in both the 10,000 and 5,000 meters.