Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For the second consecutive year, Calvin College junior Nick Kramer has been named the Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Kramer is receiving the award after racing to his second consecutive Great Lakes Regional individual title this past Saturday in Holland, Michigan. A native of Dyer, Indiana, and a graduate of Illiana Christian High School, Kramer helped the Calvin men’s cross country team capture its 15th consecutive Great Lakes Regional title as the Knights garnered a first place team score of 57 points. Two weeks prior, he helped Calvin capture its 24th consecutive MIAA title. In addition, Brian Diemer has been named the Great Lakes Regional Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Now in his fifth year as Calvin women’s cross country coach, Diemer is receiving the award for the third straight year. This fall, Diemer led the Calvin women’s cross country team to its sixth consecutive MIAA titles and its third straight Great Lakes Regional crown.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed back to the NCAA III Championships. The Calvin men’s team will be making its 26th appearance at the NCAA III Championships which ranks fourth on the all-time NCAA III men’s cross country list. Under current head coach Brian Diemer, the men’s cross country team has posted 18 top-four national team finishes including national championship performances in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006. On the women’s side, Calvin will be making its 21st appearance at the NCAA III Championships which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III women’s cross country list. The Calvin women’s cross country program has posted 15 top-10 national team finishes including four straight under current head coach Brian Diemer.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
When the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams punched their tickets to the NCAA III Championships this past weekend at the Great Lakes Regional meet on Saturday, a new Calvin fall sports record was established. The men’s and women’s cross country teams were the fifth and sixth Calvin fall sports teams to earn spots in their respective NCAA III Championships competition, breaking the previous school record of five.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin women’s cross country team fought off a rugged group of teams to capture its third consecutive Great Lakes Regional title Saturday afternoon at the West Ottawa Golf Club. Ranked seventh nationally, Calvin finished with a first place team score of 69 points in the 6K race, outdistancing 10th-ranked Hope which took second with 103 points. Both teams qualify for next week’s NCAA III Championships at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Calvin junior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) led the Knights by placing fourth individually in a time of 21:48. She was one of three Calvin runners in the top 10 as sophomore Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was ninth (22:07) and senior Gretchen Braymer (Alymer, PA/Collegiate Academy) 10th (22:09).
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams wrapped up MIAA titles on Saturday as both teams took first place at the MIAA Championships at Calvin’s Gainey Athletic Complex. On the men’s side, fourth-ranked Calvin cruised to a first place score of 19 points, placing five runners in the top seven. On the women’s side, eighth-ranked Calvin won a thriller, edging 14th-ranked Hope 31-33. The margin is believed to be the closest at a championship meet in MIAA women’s cross country history. The Calvin men have now won 24 consecutive MIAA titles - the second-longest active championship streak in MIAA athletics history. Calvin women have now won six consecutive MIAA titles including 22 in the last 23 years. -
Sunday, October 17, 2010
WINNECONNE, WI - In a field of nationally-ranked teams, the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams came up big Saturday morning at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational.
On the men’s side, eighth-ranked Calvin surprised the field by placing second with a team score of 78 points, just 29 points behind top-ranked North Central while also finishing ahead of second-ranked Washington University (MO), seventh-ranked UW-Stevens Point, ninth-ranked NYU and 10th-ranked UW-Whitewater. NYU took third with 138 points with Washington University fourth (146 points) and UW-Stevens Point fifth (150 points) .On the women’s side, Division II Minnesota-Duluth took first place with 89 points with 15th-ranked Chicago and seventh-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh tying for second place with 116 points. 10th-ranked Calvin finished in fourth place, just one point out of second as the Knights garnered 117 points.
Friday, October 15, 2010
(written by Andrew Knot)
Calvin Junior Sarah Orndorff always dreamed of working in marketing for a professional sports organization. So when the Cleveland Browns offered her a summer internship position, she jumped at the opportunity.
Orndorff, a member of the Calvin women’s track and field and cross country teams worked as a “fan avidity” intern for the Browns. Her internship dealt specifically in the field of retail marketing.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
ROCHESTER - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams had solid performances at the Michigan Intercollegiates Friday afternoon at Oakland University’s Katke Golf Course as both Calvin squads took first place in their respective small college divisions. The Michigan Intercollegiates includes teams from around the state of Michigan at the NCAA I, II and III levels as well as NAIA institutions. On the men’s side, Calvin took first place in the small college division with 55 points. On the women’s side, Calvin took first place in the small college division with 34 points.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
NOTRE DAME, IN - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams posted top-six finishes at the Notre Dame Invitational as the 11th-ranked women’s team took sixth in the women’s 5K Gold Division race with a team score of 170 points while the seventh-ranked men’s team took fourth in the men’s 8K Gold Division race.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
(photo taken by Albion sports information director Bobby Lee)
OLIVET - Score round one for the Knights of Calvin College. In a showdown of nationally-ranked teams, Calvin captured first place at an MIAA jamboree hosted by Olivet College at the Olivet Golf Course with a team score of 21 points. Ranked 13th nationally, Calvin finished 13 points ahead of 10th-ranked Hope by placing five runners in the top seven spots. Junior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) led the way for the Knights with a first place time of 22:25 on the 6K course with senior Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) finishing second in 22:41. Hope took the next two spots but Calvin took the next three as junior Kaitlin Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) was fifth (23:07), sophomore Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) sixth (23:09) and senior Samantha Westveer (Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) seventh (23:10).