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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Take Small Division Titles at Michigan Intercollegiates

Saturday, October 09, 2010

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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.

Men’s Results

Women’s Results

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Cross Country Teams Run Well at Notre Dame Invitational

Saturday, October 02, 2010

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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.

Men’s Gold Division Team Results

Men’s Open Race

Notre Dame Women’s Gold Division Results

Women’s Open Division Race Results

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Women’s Cross Country Team Takes First Place at MIAA Jamboree With Score of 21 Points

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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(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).

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Team Captures Calvin Knight Invite Title

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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The Calvin women’s cross country team took an important step forward in its season debut Saturday morning at the Calvin Knight Invitational. Ranked 15th in the most recent Division III National poll, Calvin took six of the top 13 spots to take first place with a team score of 39 points, 30 points ahead of 14th-ranked Ohio Northern.  Strong pack running fueled Calvin’s first place performance as the back pack of Calvin’s top six finished within four seconds of each other. Junior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) was Calvin’s top finisher with a fourth place time of 18:26 with senior Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) fifth (18:33) and sophomore Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) seventh.

Individual Results

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Calvin Women’s XC Team Ranked Fifth/Men’s XC Team Ranked Eighth in Pre-Season National Polls

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

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USTFCCCA Division III Top 35 Pre-Season Polls

The Division III Top 35 National Poll conducted by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has been released and both Calvin teams are ranked in the top 10. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked fifth. On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked eighth.

Calvin currently has five fall sports teams nationally ranked including four in the top 10. Calvin’s men’s soccer team is currently ranked second nationally while its women’s volleyball team is ranked ninth and its women’s soccer team ranked 15th.

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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Hold Top Spots in First Great Lakes Regional Polls

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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NCAA III Cross Country Regional Rankings

The first set of NCAA III Regional Rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are both ranked number-one in their respective regional polls.

On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked number-one in the Great Lakes Regional poll followed by Mount Union (OH) in second, Heidelberg (OH) in third and Manchester (IN) in fourth. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked number-one in the Great Lakes Regional poll while rival Hope is close behind in second followed by Oberlin (OH) in third and Case Western Reserve (OH) in fourth.Placed in order by a representative in each region, regional rankings are a reflection of a team’s strengths entering the year based on returning and new runners on each squad.

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2010 Calvin Women’s Cross Country Preview

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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2010 Calvin Women's Cross Country Schedule

After graduating five members of its team that competed at the 2009 NCAA III Cross Country Championships, the 2010 Calvin women’s cross country team will feature a different look this fall.

The cupboard is not completely bare however.

The Knights return 11 varsity letterwinners including three that were named to the All-MIAA first and one that was named to the All-MIAA second team.

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Calvin & Hope Cross Country Teams Team Up For Another Edition of Rival Relay

Friday, July 30, 2010

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Rival Relay Course Map

EDITORS NOTE (11-18-20): The Calvin and Hope men’s and women’s cross country teams reaped a wealth of success during the 2010 cross country season with the Calvin men’s and women’s teams and the Hope women’s team advancing to the NCAA III Championships while Nathan Love of the Hope men’s team also advanced to the national meet as an individual. Prior to the 2010 season, both teams gathered together in a theme of fun and sportmanship to renew a tradition that dates back more than 90 years.

By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

For the cross-country programs of Calvin and Hope, the rival-tinged relationship doesn’t end with the season.  For the second off-season in a row, the schools have taken their longstanding rivalry to a friendly setting.

Last weekend’s “Rivalry Relay” between the two schools consisted of an almost 36-mile relay divided into seven legs.  The race began at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids and ended at Tunnel Park in Holland.  The first six legs were five miles each, with the anchor leg finishing the final 5.85 miles.

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Calvin Lands 143 on MIAA Academic Honor Roll - 19 Named to Honor Roll For Fourth Straight Year

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Calvin's MIAA Academic Honor Roll Recipients

The 2009-10 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 143 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 2009-10 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. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, 19 are from Calvin.

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10 Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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History of Calvin's MIAA Team GPA Award Recipients

For the second consecutive year, 10 Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2009-10 academic year – matching a Calvin record. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year.  A year ago, Calvin established a school record as 10 of its 17 varsity teams eligible for the honor achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average.

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