Saturday, February 09, 2013
ALLENDALE - A small group of Calvin track and field athletes competed in the Division I and Division II dominated Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday night. On the women’s side, senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had a strong time of 17:31.69 that will put her in contention for a top-10 spot on the national NCAA III indoor performance list. Sophomore Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also had a strong time of 18:29.75. In the men’s 5,000 meters, senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) had a season-best indoor time of 14:38.52 that should also place him in the top 10 on the national NCAA III indoor list. Senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) added a time of 14:55.22 while junior Phillip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) came in at 15:20.71 and sophomore Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) at 15:24.43. The bulk of Calvin’s team will compete in its own Calvin Invitational Saturday inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. Field events will begin at 11:30 a.m. with running events set to start at 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Bourbonnais, Illinois - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the NAIA/Division III Challenge hosted by Olivet Nazarene University Saturday. A number of Calvin athletes recorded notable performances. Highlights for the women’s team included junior Olivia Butler (Grant/Grant HS) winning the 800 meters (2:20.38), fifth-year senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) winning the mile run (5:09.88) and junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) winning the 5,000 meters with an indoor career-best time of 16:58.03. Winners for the men included senior Kevin Peterson (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the 3,000 meters (8:54.88) and senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) in the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:40.29. Both Calvin teams will now break until February 8 and 9 as some athletes will compete at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on February 8 while several others will compete at Calvin’s own Calvin Invitational on February 9.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
ALLENDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Mike Lints Invitational hosted by Grand Valley State University on Friday. Top performances for the Calvin women included senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) placing third in the 800 meters (2:20.08), sophomore Christina Geating (Abington, PA/Abington HS) placing 10th in the pole vault (10-4) and junior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) placing fifth in the triple jump (33-4 3/4). Notable performances for the Calvin men included sophomore Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) placing fourth in the 5,000 meters (15:36.34), sophomore Erik Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) placing eighth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.85) and junior Andrew Dykstra (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) placing eighth in the shot put (46-6 3/4). Both Calvin track and field teams are back in action next Friday and Saturday, competing in a Friday/Saturday invitational at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois.
Friday, January 11, 2013
ALLENDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their indoor campaigns on Friday at the Bob Eubanks Open hosted by Grand Valley State University. Calvin put together a number of solid performances in the first competition of the new year. On the men’s side, senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) won the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:38.60 while senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) third (8:41.37) and senior Kevin Peterson (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) fourth (8:53.53). Sophomore Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) was seventh (8:58.64). On the women’s side, junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) led the way with a win in the 3,000 meters, recording a blazing time of 10:03.59. Senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) was second in the mile run (5:15.74) and sophomore Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) fourth (5:16.80) and senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) seventh (5:21.09).
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A record-setting fall sports season has allowed Calvin to build an early lead in the MIAA Commissionerís Cup Standings. Through the recently completed MIAA fall sports season, Calvin leads the standings with 100 points, four points better than Hope. In the MIAA Womenís All-Sports Standings, Calvin has a first place total of 58 points with Hope second with 53. Hope leads the MIAA Menís All-Sports standings with 43 points, one point better than Calvin. This fall, Calvin captured a record six MIAA titles Ė winning conference crowns in menís and womenís soccer, volleyball, menís and womenís cross country, menís golf and volleyball.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2011-12 school year, six of Calvinís athletic teams achieved this distinction. Five of Calvinís womenís teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the menís cross country team also achieved the feat. Calvinís teams receiving the honor are as follows; womenís cross country team, womenís track and field team, womenís basketball team, womenís volleyball team, womenís tennis team, and menís cross country team.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.
Friday, August 10, 2012
As the Summer Olympic Games continue in London, we remember some athletes with ties to the MIAA who have had their own Olympic moments. On August 10, 1984, Brian Diemer won the bronze medal for the United States in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Summer Games in Los Angeles, overcoming teammate Henry Marsh over the final 300 meters to claim the medal in a time of 8:14.06. Diemer (pictured right on the medal stand) went on to compete in two more Olympics, in Seoul in 1988 and again at Barcelona in 1992, finishing seventh at Barcelona. He is the last American to win a medal in the steeplechase. Diemer has gone on to be one of the most successful coaches in MIAA history, leading Calvin to 30 total championships in cross country, including 25 consecutive men’s championships through last year. He has coached the Knights men’s program to four NCAA Division III national championships - 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams have once again received the All-Academic Team Award from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Calvin women’s team has now received the award 12 consecutive years while the Calvin men’s team has received the honor four straight years. In order to receive the award, a team needed to have posted a minimum 3.10 grade point average or better. The Calvin women’s team posted a 3.53 grade point average to rank seventh among 137 women’s teams that received the award. The Calvin men’s team recorded a 3.20 grade point average and was one of 74 men’s teams to receive the award.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Four members of the Calvin women’s track and field team have been named to the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. The four individuals so honored from Calvin are senior Kaitlin Diemer, juniors Alyssa Penning and Carissa Verkaik and sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.