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Brian Diemer Named USTFCCCA Division III Great Lakes Regional Men’s Cross Country Coach of Year

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III Regional Award Announcement

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:

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

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Calvin Takes Early Lead in MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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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. 

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Prepare for NCAA III Cross Country Championships

Monday, November 12, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III National Rankings

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:

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

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Women’s Cross Country Team Receives At-Large Berth to NCAA III Championships

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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NCAA III Cross Country Championships Announcement

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.

Rose-Hulman NCAA III Cross Country Championships Website

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Calvin Men’s Cross Country Team Captures Regional Title/Women’s Team Places Third

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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ANDERSON, IN - The second-ranked Calvin men’s cross country team captured a Great Lakes Regional title on Saturday with a first place score of 36 points. The win advances the Knights to next week’s NCAA III Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Great Lakes Regional title is the 17th consecutive regional crown for the Calvin men. Calvin will be making its 28th appearance at the national meet in men’s cross country which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III list. Meanwhile the fifth-ranked Calvin women’s cross country team took third with 103 points. Hope took first place with 91 points with Oberlin second with 95 points. The top two teams receive automatic spots to the NCAA III Championships while the next three teams are eligible for at-large consideration. The Calvin women’s cross country team will now have to wait until Sunday to see if it receives an at-large bid.

Men’s Results

Women’s Results

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Women’s Cross Country Team Now Ranked Fifth - Men’s Team Ranked Second

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country National Rankings

The Calvin women’s cross country team has moved up to number five in the latest Division III National Poll conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Meanwhile, the Calvin men’s team is once again ranked second in the men’s poll and received two first place votes. Haverford is the top-ranked team in the men’s poll and received the other six first place votes.Both Calvin cross country teams are preparing for the NCAA III Regional meet on November 10 at Anderson (IN) University. Calvin currently has seven teams nationally ranked. In addition to its cross country teams, its men’s soccer team is ranked 22nd, its women’s volleyball team is ranked second, its women’s basketball team is ranked number one, its women’s swimming and diving team is ranked 15th and its men’s swimming and diving team is ranked 25th.

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Calvin’s Dan Kerr and Nicole Michmerhuizen Receive MIAA Runner of the Week Accolades

Monday, October 29, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvinís Dan Kerr and Nicole Michmerhuizen as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Oct. 27.Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), won the MIAA championship meet for the second consecutive year Saturday at Whiffle Tree Golf Club in Concord, covering the 8-kilometer course in 24:37. He finished 12 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor as he lead Calvin to its 26th consecutive MIAA menís cross country championship. Kerr is being honored as Runner of the Week for the third time this season and fourth time in his career.Michmerhuizen, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), took first place in Saturdayís MIAA championship meet at Whiffle Tree Golf Club in Concord by 17 seconds, completing the 6-kilometer course in 21:49. Her performance led the Knights to the MIAA championship. Michmerhuizen is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and in her career.

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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Capture MIAA Titles

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor

ALBION Ė The Calvin College menís and womenís cross country teams ran in the second of two MIAA Jamborees Saturday morning hosted by Albion College.  Both Knightsí teams were victorious and captured the MIAA Championship. The menís race was first off at 11:00am.  The Knights finished in the top four spots.  Senior Dan Kerr (Petosky/Petosky) paced Calvin running the eight kilometer course in 24:37.  Two fellow seniors, David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center) and Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional) finished together with a time of 24:49.  Junior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg) finished fourth with a time of 24:58.  Calvin finished with 20 points as a team.  Hope finished second with 75 points.  This was the 26th consecutive MIAA championship for the Calvin menís cross country program.  The womenís race began at noon.  Calvin had four finishers in the top eight, taking first, second, sixth and seventh.  Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian) won the six kilometer race with a time of 21:49.  Senior Alyssa Penning was right behind, finishing second with a time of 22:06.  Defending conference champion Hope had the next three spots.  Sophomores Katie Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) and Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) secured Calvinís victory, finishing sixth and seventh respectively with times of 22:24 for Ardinger and 22:26 for Penning.  The Knights finished with 26 points, 11 ahead of defending champion Hope.  Both teams will return to action at NCAA Regionals November 10, hosted by Anderson University, IN. 

Men’s Individual Results

Men’s Team Results

Women’s Individual Results

Women’s Team Results

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Calvin Cross Country Teams on the Move in USTFCCCA Division III Top 35 Rankings

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III Top 35 Rankings

The Calvin cross country teams are on the move. Both teams have moved up in the latest set of Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. In this week’s poll, the Calvin men are ranked second nationally, up four spots from a week ago. The Knights also received three of a possible eight first place votes in this week’s poll. Top-ranked Haverford (PA) received the other five first place votes. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked sixth, up two spots from a week ago. Both Calvin teams are coming off of banner performances last weekend at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational where the Calvin men’s team took first place with 52 points, finishing six points ahead of (previously) top-ranked North Central while the Calvin women’s team took first place with 91 points. Both Calvin teams are preparing for the MIAA Championships slated to be held October 27 at the Whiffletree Golf Course in Concord, Michigan.

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Kerr and Penning Receive MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week Honors

Monday, October 15, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvinís Dan Kerr and Alyssa Penning as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Oct. 14. Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), led the Knights to an outstanding performance as they won the Brooks Invitational meet at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, knocking off No. 1-ranked North Central, Ill. Kerr finished second with a time of 24:49, just a half-second behind the race winner. Calvin won the meet with 52 points, six ahead of North Central. Kerr is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career. Penning, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), led Calvin to a first-place finish at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational, posting a time of 21:54 to finish sixth among individual runners. The Knights won the meet with 91 points, outpacing three other nationally-ranked schools, including MIAA rival Hope. Penning is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and third time in her career.

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