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Calvin Freshman Cassie Vince Named NCAA Division III National Runner of Week by USTFCCCA

Monday, September 16, 2013

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USTFCCCA Division III Announcement

NEW ORLEANS Ė†The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince its NCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week for week three of the NCAA cross country season. A native of Amherst, Ohio (Amherst HS),  Vince of No. 11 Calvin led the Knights to a decisive team victory at their own Calvin Knight Invitational that included a top-35 team in Case Western and a top-25 NAIA program in No. 9 St. Francis (Ill.). Vince completed the 5K course in 17:40.77, more than 13 seconds ahead of the next-fastest finisher. Behind Vinceís average per-mile pace of 5:41, No. 11 Calvin easily triumphed over St. Francis and Case Western in the team race by 61 points, scoring a first place team score of 40 points. Calvin is back in action on September 28 when it competes at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian College.

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Captures Knight Invite Title

Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Results

By Mark DeHaan

Calvin College hosted the Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Gainey Athletic Complex. With the top seven runners all finishing in the top 20, the women’s cross country team was able to blow away the competition, finishing with a team score of 40 while second place University of St. Francis totaled 101 points. The Knights were led by freshman Cassie Vince, who also paced the pack. Vince ran a 17:40.2 5k, beating out the second overall finisher from Kenyon by 13 seconds. Senior Nicole Michmerhuizen was next to come in for Calvin, taking fourth overall in 18:08.2.Strong pack running was also key to the Knights success. Calvin placed five more runners in the next 15 spots. Senior Alyssa Oram came in seventh overall in 18:18.3. Junior Rebekah Folkema came in as Calvin’s fourth runner in 13th overall in a time of 18:31.9, while junior Kimby Penning’s time of 18:34.4 was good for 15th overall. Junior Sarah Danner was 17th overall in 18:37.4 while senior Lizzy Vannette was 19th overall in 18:45.8. Junior Kate Ardinger was just behind Vannette, finishing in 18:45.9. Rounding out the top five team scores were Case Western Reserve University with 134, Kenyon College with 136, and DePauw University with 167. The Knights now look forward to the MIAA Jamboree on September 28. The race is to be run at Adrian College.

Invitational Website

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2013 Calvin Women’s Cross Country Preview

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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2013 Calvin Women's Cross Country Schedule

The Calvin women’s cross country team will head into the 2013 season with a sense of optimism as the Knights bring back a large group of returning letterwinners and a stellar incoming class of first-year runners. The 2012 version of the Knights captured their seventh MIAA title in the last eight years and later qualified for the NCAA III Championships, finishing 18th as a team. Head coach Brian Diemer thinks this year’s Calvin squad - ranked 11th in the Division III preseason Top 25 poll - has the capability of doing even more than last year’s team.

2013 USTFCCCA Division III National Rankings

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Calvin Scholar-Athletes Named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 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 2012-13 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, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).

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Calvin lands record 11 teams on MIAA Team GPA List

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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MIAA Team GPA List

The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2012-13 school year, a record 11 of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction.Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while four of its men’s teams also achieved the feat. Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and men’s basketball.

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Calvin Lands Four on Capital One Academic All-America Teams

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Division III Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country Teams

Four members of the Calvin menís and womenís cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-America honors. On the men’s side, seniors Dan Kerr and Greg Whittle have been named Capital One First Team Academic All-Americans while senior Job Christiansen has been named a Capital One Second Team Academic All-American. On the women’s side, junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been a Capital One First Team Academic All-American.Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA (Capital One) Academic All-America accolades 103 times including 71 times in the last 16 years. Calvin currently ranks sixth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

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Calvin Finishes 15th in Final Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Final Director's Cup Standings

For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six 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., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.

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Shift in Athletic Seasons Pays off For Calvin Distance Runner

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

It was a shift in athletic seasons that allowed junior Nicole Michmerhuizen to first try cross country as a sophomore at Holland (Mich.) Christian High School. When Michigan moved girls high school basketball from the fall to the winter in 2007, Michmerhuizen, a basketball player in her freshman year, decided to pick up cross country as her fall sport. 

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Calvin Lands Four on Capital One Academic All-District Cross Country/Track & Field Teams

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Four members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-District honors. Seniors Dan Kerr, Greg Whittle and Job Christiansen have been named to the All-District 6 team on the men’s side while junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the All-District 6 team on the women’s side. As members of the all-district teams, all four individuals advance to the national ballot and are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.

Men’s All-District Teams

Women’s All-District Teams

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Prepare for NCAA III Championships

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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NCAA III Championships Website

(Photo by Bret Otte at NCAA III Championships Banquet)
Eight members of the Calvin track and field program are preparing for NCAA III Championships competition this week at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Representing the menís team are seniors Dan Kerr (10,000 meters), Matt VanderRoest (10,000 meters and 5,000 meters), and Greg Whittle (1,500 meters), junior Sam Kerk (5,000 meters and 1,500 meters) and sophomore Steven Haagsma (steeplechase). Representing the womenís team are senior Alyssa Penning (steeplechase) and juniors Alyssa Oram (steeplechase) and Nicole Michmerhuizen (10,000 meters and 5,000 meters). Events scheduled for Thursday for Calvin competitors include the menís and womenís 10,000 meter runs, the prelims of the menís and womenís steeplechase and the menís 1,500 meter prelims.

NCAA III TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS LINKS

Live Video Stream Coverage

Event By Event Results

Mlive.com Calvin College Track & Field Preview

Division III Championships Preview by USTFCCCA

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