Monday, March 11, 2013
Calvin College holds the lead in the latest set of MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings as well as in the standings for the MIAA Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Awards. Calvin has a first place total of 147 points in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings with Hope second with 126 points. In the men’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 68 points with Hope second with 56 points. In the women’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 79 points with Hope second with 70 points. This year, Calvin has captured nine MIAA regular season championships, winning league titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Calvin College has been selected to host the NCAA III Great Lakes Cross Country Regional for men and women next fall. The NCAA announced the eight regional host sites today.The NCAA III Great Lakes Regional meet will be held at the Gainey Athletic Complex on the east side of Calvins’ campus on November 16, 2013. This will mark the second time Calvin will host the regional competition at Gainey. Calvin also hosted the regional meet in 2007.
Friday, February 22, 2013
NEW ORLEANS Ė The Knights of Calvin College are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Menís Scholar Team of the Year for the 2012 cross country season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Calvin took runner-up honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championship title this fall. Scholar Teams of the year are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest as a team at the most recent NCAA Championships. Calvin College, coached by Brian Diemer, has earned a 3.47 cumulative grade point average through the fall semester of 2012. The Knights finished in a tie for second as a team at the NCAA Championships with Haverford, but were able to claim Scholar Team of the Year honors by a slim .027 margin between the two schoolsí cumulative team grade point averages. Seven members of the Calvin men’s cross country team also earned individual honors. Those seven are: senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), junior Sam Kerk (Hartland, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS), senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS), senior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS), senior David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS), senior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) and senior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS). The Calvin women’s team also claimed USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors - keeping a string alive that goes back to the late 1980’s. Calvin also had three individuals honored. Those three were: senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and sophomore Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS).
Thursday, December 06, 2012
The latest set of Division III Learfield Director’s Cup standings have been released and Calvin has taken over the lead with 308.50 points. The latest set of standings include the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and volleyball. Middlebury (Vt.) is in second with 306.5 points. Calvin received 90 points from its national runner-up women’s volleyball team and men’s cross country team and 56 points from its women’s cross country team that placed 18th at the NCAA III Championships. In addition, Calvin picked up 50 points from its women’s soccer team that reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and 25 points from its men’s soccer team that reached the first round of the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin had been in second place in the first set of standings released two weeks ago but has since moved up to first place due to points gained through its men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The first set of Division III Learfield Director’s Cup standings have been released and Calvin is currently in second place with 233.50 points. The first set of standings include the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and volleyball. Middlebury leads the standings with 256.50 points. Calvin received 90 points from its national runner-up women’s volleyball team and men’s cross country team and 56 points from its women’s cross country team that placed 18th at the NCAA III Championships last weekend. The Learfield Director’s Cup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The Learfield Director’s Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Story and Photos by Mark DeHaan
TERRE HAUTE, IN - The Calvin men’s cross country team’s bid for a national championship came up just short on Saturday as the Knights took second place at the NCAA III Championships, just 21 points behind national champion North Central. With 1000 meters left to go, Calvin held a 34-point lead on the automatic chip timing board but the Knights were unable to hang on down the stretch as second-ranked North Central came up with a big stretch finish. Calvin’s total of 188 points was led by All-Americans Nick Kramer and Job Christiansen as Kramer was 26th and Christiansen 35th. On the women’s side, Calvin took 18th with 413 points. Sophomore Kate Ardinger was Calvin’s top finisher, placing 100th.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Calvin College head cross country coach Brian Diemer has been named the Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Diemer, in his 27th season, led the Knights to their 26th-consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title this fall. The third-ranked Calvin men also captured their 17th straight regional crown last Saturday. Calvin will compete at the NCAA III Championships this Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The races will begin at 11 a.m. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will serve as the host institution. Diemer will be leading both the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams at the national meet on Saturday. Combined, Diemer has now led the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams to 32 MIAA titles which ranks second on the all-time MIAA list for championships, trailing only the 35 won by George Acker of Kalamazoo College in men’s tennis. Saturday’s races will feature a live video webcast. The video streams will be available on Saturday morning on the NCAA website at: NCAA.com For a forecast of Saturday’s national meet, please check out audio interviews with Diemer and assistant coach Al Hoekstra below:
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A record-setting fall sports season has allowed Calvin to build an early lead in the MIAA Commissionerís Cup Standings. Through the recently completed MIAA fall sports season, Calvin leads the standings with 100 points, four points better than Hope. In the MIAA Womenís All-Sports Standings, Calvin has a first place total of 58 points with Hope second with 53. Hope leads the MIAA Menís All-Sports standings with 43 points, one point better than Calvin. This fall, Calvin captured a record six MIAA titles Ė winning conference crowns in menís and womenís soccer, volleyball, menís and womenís cross country, menís golf and volleyball.
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are preparing to compete at the NCAA III Championships this Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Calvin men’s cross country team will enter the national finals ranked third nationally while the Calvin women’s cross country team is ranked 15th. The Calvin Sports Information office caught up with head Calvin cross country coach Brian Diemer and assistant coach Al Hoekstra for their insights on the upcoming national meet. To listen to the audio interviews, click on the licks below:
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Calvin women’s cross country team is headed back to the NCAA III Championships. The Knights received an at-large berth when the official championship field was announced this afternoon. The Calvin women will be making their 23rd appearance at the NCAA III Championships which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III women’s cross country list for team appearances. It also marks the eighth straight year that the Calvin women have earned a berth to the national meet. At the Great Lakes Regional meet on Saturday, Calvin took third with 105 points behind second place Oberlin (95 points) and first place Hope (91 points). Only the top two teams at the regional meet receive automatic berths to the national meet while teams finishing in spots 3-to-5 are eligible for at-large selection.The Calvin men’s cross country team will also be competing at the national meet next Saturday. The Calvin men took first place at Saturday’s Great Lakes Regional - hosted by Anderson University - with 36 points. Next Saturday’s national meet is scheduled to be held in Terre Haute, Indiana. Rose-Hulman Institute will serve as the host institution.