Saturday, November 23, 2013
HANOVER, IN - The Calvin women’s cross country team took seventh at the NCAA III Championships on Saturday with a team score of 309 points. The finish is Calvin’s first top-10 national berth since 2010 and its best team finish since 2009. Freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) led the way for Calvin with an NCAA III All-America finish of 23rd place in a time of 21:51. Vince is Calvin’s first freshman to claim NCAA III All-America honors in women’s cross country since Lisa Timmer did so in 1996. She is also the third to do so in Calvin women’s cross country history as Betsy Haverkamp also accomplished the feat in 1993. Senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also earned a top-50 finish, placing 48th in a time of 22:10. Other Calvin finishers included junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 89th place (22:34), senior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) in 115th place (22:44), junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS), senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) in 145th (22:54) and freshman Lauren Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) in 259th (24:10). Johns Hopkins took home the team title with 85 points followed by Williams with 137, Middlebury with 185 and Chicago with 261. Hope took ninth with 340 points giving the MIAA its first two top-10 finishes in an NCAA III women’s cross country national meet for the first time since 1993.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team will take on Cal Lutheran in the NCAA III finals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. There are three ways to follow the action:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year as named by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A native of Amherst, Ohio, Vince ran away with the individual title at the Great Lakes Regional meet last Saturday, finishing her home 6K course at Calvin more than 14 seconds faster than the nearest runner. Her time of 21:27.82 was well clear of runner-up Emma Lehmann of Oberlin, leading the Knights to the team title. The win was her third of the season, including a title at the MIAA Championships. Vince is the first Calvin women’s cross country runner to win a regional title since Jessie Lair in 2003 and she is the sixth individual in Calvin women’s cross country history to do so. Meanwhile Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Now in his eighth year at the helm of the Calvin women’s cross country program, Diemer is receiving the award for the fifth time in the last six years. This past Saturday, Diemer guided his team to a decisive team title at the Great Lakes Regional Championships over Oberlin and Hope, 54-104-105. Freshman Cassie Vince paced the Knights to the title with the individual win, while three others raced to top-15 finishes. Two weeks prior, Diemer’s Knights also claimed the MIAA Championships title. Ranked third nationally, the Calvin women’s cross country team will head into the NCAA III Championships final on Saturday at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Fresh off a Great Lakes Regional title last Saturday, the Calvin women’s cross country team has risen two spots in the national rankings. The Knights are ranked third in this week’s Division III Top 35 poll conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The ranking is Calvin’s highest since the 2009 season. Johns Hopkins is the top-ranked team in the poll while Williams (Ma.) is ranked second. In addition, five members of the Calvin women’s cross country team have received Great Lakes All-Region honors for finishing in the top-35 individually as the regional meet on Saturday. Those five Calvin individuals are freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS), senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS), junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), senior Alyssa Oram (Chebogyan/Home Schooled) and senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute).
Saturday, November 16, 2013
KENTWOOD, Mich. - The fifth-ranked Calvin women’s cross country team left nothing to chance on Saturday, capturing the Great Lakes Regional title on its home course with a team score of 54 points. By finishing first, the Knights receive an automatic trip to the NCAA III Championships next Saturday at Hanover College (Ind.). A year ago, Calvin finished third at the regional meet and was forced to wait 24 hours to find out it had receive an at-large bid to the national meet. On Saturday, Calvin nabbed one of two automatic berths to the national meet by placing four runners in the top 14 and five in the top 25. Oberlin College, ranked 11th nationally, nabbed the other automatic national spot by placing second with 104 points, one point ahead of third place Hope which entered the meet ranked 18th nationally. The Knights were led by the one-two punch up front of freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) and senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Vince captured the regional title with a time of 21:27 while Michmerhuizen was fourth in a time of 21:44. Vince captured the regional title by a 14 second margin, finishing well ahead of Emma Lehmann of Oberlin who took second. Vince is the first Great Lakes Regional champion from Calvin since Jessie Lair accomplished the feat in 2003. She is the sixth individual from Calvin to do so overall, joining Lair, Amy Mizzone (1998, 1999), Betsy Haverkamp (1996), Renea Bluekamp (1993) and Laura Vroon (1983).
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Four Calvin fall sports teams will be in action this weekend. The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team Great Lakes Regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country programs will host the Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday at the Gainey Athletic Complex. In addition, the women’s soccer team will compete at a four-team NCAA III Regional hosted by Washington University of St. Louis. To find out more about each competition, visit the regional tournament/championships website listed below:
Saturday, November 02, 2013
WEST OLIVE - In a matchup of nationally-ranked teams, the Calvin women’s cross country team captured its eighth MIAA title in the last nine years with a first place score of 21 points. Ranked fifth nationally entering the meet, Calvin finished 15 points ahead of 22nd ranked Hope which hosted the meet at the West Ottawa Golf Course. Calvin was able to pack five runners inside the top eight to hold off the Flying Dutch led by freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) who ran stride-for-stride with Hope senior Sheri McCormack through the first four kilometers of the 6K race. Vince broke free with just under two kilometers remaining and pulled away for an 11-second victory finishing in a first place time of 21:36 while McCormack was second in 21:47. Calvin senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took third in 22:13 followed by junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in fourth (22:18), senior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) in fifth (22:31) and senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) in eighth (22:44).
Monday, October 21, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Zac Nowicki and Cassie Vince as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Oct. 20.Nowicki, a freshman from Comstock Park (Grandville Calvin Christian HS), helped lead Calvin to a seventh-place finish in a strong field of nationally-ranked teams at the Brooks Invitational meet hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He finished 30th in a time of 25:18 over the 8-kilometer course. Nowicki is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season. Vince, a freshman from Amherst, Ohio (Amherst HS), finished fifth as the Knights successfully defended their championship at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational. She ran a 21:39 over the 6-kilometer course as Calvin won the meet by 49 points over the University of Chicago, which was ranked higher in the recent Division III national poll. Vince is being honored as Runner of the Week for the first time this season.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
WINNECONNE, WI – The Calvin women’s cross country team repeated as champion at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Lake Breeze Golf Course, recording a team score of 71 points. Ranked eighth nationally, Calvin finished 49 points ahead of sixth-ranked University of Chicago which placed second. The Knights featured the stellar one-two punch of front of freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) and senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Vince was fifth (21:39 on the 6K course while Michmerhuizen was eighth (21:46). In the men’s competition, 24th-ranked Calvin also took a step forward as the Knights took seventh in a loaded field of nationally-ranked team, recording a team score of 234 points. Most notable in the finish was the fact that Calvin finished one point ahead of Wabash which entered the week ranked 13th nationally and number-one in the Great Lakes Region, one spot ahead of Calvin in the regional poll. At the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks prior, Wabash finished 46 points ahead of Calvin.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
HILLSDALE – The Calvin men’s cross country team finished sixth overall and third among small college schools at the Michigan Intercollegiates hosted by Hillsdale College late Friday afternoon. The annual race included schools from all over the state of Michigan from the NCAA Division I, II and III levels as well as NAIA institutions. Calvin posted a team score of 101 competing against Division II, Division III and NAIA schools with Saginaw Valley State first (50) and Hillsdale third (83). In the women’s 5K race, Calvin was sixth overall and tops amongst Division III schools. Calvin had an overall team score of 173 points. Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the rugged Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational next Saturday.2 3 > Last »