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Jessica Koster Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Jessica Koster has been named a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

Koster is receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades once again in the women’s college track and field/cross country college division. A cross country and track and field standout, Koster has earned All-America accolades three times in her Calvin running career - twice in track and field and once in cross country. This past fall, she pciked up an All-America berth in cross country by placing 34th at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships. Last month, she claimed All-America honors for the second straight year in the 10,000 meters, placing sixth in the event at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. At the 2009 national meet, she placed fifth in the 10,000 meters.

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Calvin Finishes 14th in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Final NCAA III Learfield Director's Cup Standings 2009-10

For the 15th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing 14th in the nation in Division III in 2009-10 with a total of 634 points.
Calvin’s point total is its second-highest ever in the 15 years of the competition.

Calvin continues to be one of only seven schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.

Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga.

Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 14th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,292.25 points.

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Jessica Koster & Rachel Boerner Receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams

Two members of the Calvin women’s track and field program have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. Senior Jessica Koster has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team in the women’s college track and field field/cross country division while junior Rachel Boerner has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team. As a member of the first team, Koster advances to the national ballot and is now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America consideration. The college division of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.

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Calvin Places Third in Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Standings

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Team Standings

Calvin College has finished in third place in the second annual Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award standings as announced by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A year ago, Calvin finished fifth in the inaugural year of the award.

In what was an extremely close finish between UW Oshkosh, MIT, and Calvin, the Titans pulled out the Program of the Year victory via their second-place team finish at last weekend’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the meet, UW Oshkosh with 53 held off MIT’s third-place showing (37) and Calvin’s fifth-place finish (35). In the final Program of the Year standings, UW Oshkosh ended with 17 points (13 cross country, 2 indoor track & field, 2 outdoor track & field), MIT had 18 points (5 XC, 10 ITF, 3 OTF) and Calvin notched 19 points (3 XC, 11 ITF, 5 OTF). Last year’s Program of the Year winner, Wartburg – who won the NCAA indoor track & field team title in 2010 – was fourth with 21 points .

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Calvin Second in Latest Learfield Director’s Cup Fall Sports Standings

Thursday, December 10, 2009

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December 10 Learfield Director's Cup Standings

The latest set of Leerfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in second place, just 18 points behind first place Williams (MA).

Calvin has a second place total of 349 points, holding a 30-point lead over third place Washington University (Mo.). Williams (MA) leads the list with 367 points.

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Women’s Cross Country Third at NCAAs - Men Take 13th

Saturday, November 21, 2009

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Championship Site With Results

CLEVELAND, OH—The top-ranked Calvin women’s cross country team could not overcome an uphill final half-mile in its bid for a national championship on Saturday. Heading into the final mile, the Knights were in position to go for the win but slid back down the stretch of a hilly Highland Park Golf Course to finish 24 points out of first place. Second-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the race with a team score of 171 points with St. Lawrence (NY) placing second with 180 points.

On the men’s side, Calvin took 13th place with 385 points. Senior Nick Kramer was Calvin’s top finisher with a 49th place finish.

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Diemer Named Great Lakes Regional Men’s/Women’s XC Coach of Year - Kramer Regional Athlete of Year

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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NCAA III Championships Site

Calvin College cross country coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Diemer swept both awards late this afternoon as announced by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.

In addition, Nick Kramer has been named the Great Lakes Regional Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. A native of Dyer, Indiana, Kramer became the ninth individual in Calvin men’s cross country history to claim a Great Lakes Regional title this past Saturday, running 25:45, nine seconds better than the next fastest runner. A graduate of Illiana Christian High School, Kramer also took first place at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association Jamboree and MIAA Championships this fall, garnering MIAA Most Valuable Runner honors.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Capture Great Lakes Regional Titles - Punch Tickets to National Meet

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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Rose-Hulman Great Lakes Regional Site

TERRE HAUTE, IN—The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to the Rock and Roll City. Both teams punched their tickets to next week’s NCAA III Championships scheduled to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, with first place finishes at the Great Lakes Regional meet hosted Saturday by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The top two teams in the men’s 8K race and the top two teams in the women’s 6K race on Saturday both received automatic trips to the NCAA III Championships. In the men’s race, Calvin took first place with 73 points, 21 points ahead of Heidelberg. In the women’s race, top-ranked Calvin recorded a first place total of 50 points, 70 points ahead of runner-up Oberlin.

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Women’s XC Still Ranked Number-One / Men’s XC Ranked 15th in Latest National Polls

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

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Division III Top 35 Rankings

For the sixth consecutive week, the Calvin women’s cross country team is ranked number-one in the Division III Top 35 rankings compiled by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Knights received a first place total of 279 points in this week’s poll, 10 points ahead of second-ranked Johns Hopkins (MD). Wisconsin-Eau Claire is ranked third and MIT ranked fourth. On the men’s side, Calvin has moved up one spot in this week’s poll as the Knights are ranked 15th, sharing the spot with Haverford (PA). North Central (IL) remains the top-ranked team in the men’s poll, garnering 280 points in this week’s poll, 10 points ahead of second-ranked Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

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Calvin Cross Country Runners Receive All-MIAA Honors

Monday, November 02, 2009

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A plethora of Calvin cross country runners have received All-MIAA honors. The all-conference awards were announced upon completion of the MIAA Championships held this past Saturday at Adrian College. Both Calvin teams rolled to first place finishes with perfect team scores of 15 points, marking the first time in MIAA history that men’s and women’s teams from the same school posted perfect scores at the league championships in the same year.

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