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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Claims Eighth MIAA Title in Nine Years

Saturday, November 02, 2013

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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).

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

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Calvin Cross Country Runners Receive MIAA Runner of the Week Honors

Monday, October 21, 2013

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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.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Have Big Performances at UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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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.

Men’s Brooks Invite Results

Women’s Brooks Invite Results

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Compete at Michigan Intercollegiates

Saturday, October 12, 2013

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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.

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Two Sets of Twins Contribute Doubly to Calvin Women’s Cross Country Team

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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By Jacob Kuyvenhoven

Any freshman athlete at Calvin College has to go through something of an adjustment period.  There’s being away from home, a new level of competition, new coaches, a new class schedule, and of course, competing with dining hall food in your stomach.  But freshmen on Calvin’s cross country team face an even tougher challenge: figuring out how to tell two sets of identical twins apart.  Kristen and Lauren Brink are freshmen on the team, and Rachel Folkema is a junior, her twin Rebekah is a senior.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Compete at Notre Dame Invitational

Friday, October 04, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, IN - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational on Friday afternoon. In the women’s gold division, eighth-ranked Calvin took seventh in the 5K race with a team score of 269 points in a field made up primarily of Division I and Division II opponents. On the men’s side, 22nd-ranked Calvin took 13th in the 8K race with 334 points.In the men’s race, Calvin finished just behind 12th place Wabash (288 points) in a matchup of the top-two ranked teams in the Great Lakes Region. Division II Grand Valley State took the win with 40 points while top-ranked Division III North Central was second with 78 points.

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Calvin Fall Sports Athletes Receive Weekly Honors Once Again From MIAA

Monday, September 30, 2013

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Four Calvin fall sports athletes have received MIAA Athlete of the Week honors in their respective sports.  In men’s cross country, freshman Zac Nowicki is the MIAA Men’s Runner of the Week while Calvin senior Nicole Michmerhuizen is the MIAA women’s Runner of the Week. In men’s soccer, Calvin junior Travis Vegter is the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week while in women’s soccer, Calvin sophomore Paige Capel is the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Claim First Place at MIAA Jamboree at Adrian

Saturday, September 28, 2013

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ADRIAN - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams raced to first place victories at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian on Saturday at the Lenawee Christian High School cross country course. In the women’s race, seventh-ranked Calvin took five of the top six spots for a first place score of 19 points, 21 points ahead of Hope. On the men’s side, 13th-ranked Calvin recorded 38 points, 17 points ahead of second place Hope. The Knights had the top finisher in both races as senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) won the women’s race in 22:13 while freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) won the men’s race in 26:06. The MIAA Jamboree is worth one-third of the final MIAA title with the MIAA Championships making up the remaining portion. Calvin is back in action next Friday when it competes at the Notre Dame Invitational.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Continue to Hold Spots in National Polls

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Division III Top 25 Rankings

The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams continue to hold spots in the USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 rankings. In the men’s poll, Calvin is ranked 13th. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked seventh. The Calvin men were ranked sixth last week while the Calvin women were ranked seventh. Both Calvin teams were idle last week and return to action on Saturday when they compete at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian. The women’s race is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the men’s race to follow at noon.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Move Up in National Polls

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings for 9-18-13

The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have both moved up in the latest set of Division III Top 25 rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Calvin men are ranked sixth in this week’s poll, up three spots from the last ranking. Meanwhile, the Calvin women are ranked seventh this week, up four spots from the last ranking. Both Calvin teams are in the midst of preparation for an MIAA Jamboree scheduled to take place on September 28 at Adrian College. The MIAA Jamboree will count one-third towards the final MIAA title.

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