Saturday, October 13, 2012
OSHKOSH, WI - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams had banner performances on Saturday as both teams took first place at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational. On the men’s side, sixth-ranked Calvin finished ahead of top-ranked North Central as the Knights recorded 52 points, six points ahead of North Central’s total of 58 points. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, ranked 25th, took third with 93 points while third-ranked Washington of Missouri took fourth with 127 points. On the women’s side, eighth-ranked Calvin took first place with a team score of 91 points while 16th-ranked Chicago took second (114 points), 10th-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire third (115 points) and 23rd-ranked Hope fourth (172 points). Senior Dan Kerr led the charge for the Calvin men, placing second with a time of 24:49, finishing a half-second behind race winner Noah Droddy of DePauw. Senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) also cracked the top 10 with an eighth place time of 25:17. The Calvin women were led by senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who placed sixth in 21:54 while junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was 14th (22:23).
Friday, October 05, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
Preparing for the important Division III UW-Oshkosh Invitational next weekend, Calvin hosted the Michigan Intercollegiates at the Gainey Athletic Complex on a cool Friday afternoon. The Knights claimed second place in the men’s race and second in the women’s race.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
CHICAGO, IL - A group of Calvin men’s and women’s cross country athletes competed at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. In the men’s race, Calvin took 14th. In the women’s race, Calvin took 20th.In the men’s race, the top finisher for Calvin was senior Kevin Peterson in 66th place (26:20) while junior Philip Spitzer was 74th. Rounding out Calvin’s top seven were junior Gabe Gunnink in 108th, sophomore Josh Ferguson in 112th (26:45) freshman Matt Oram in 116th (26:55), sophomore Jacob Kuyvenhoven in 120th (26:58) and sophomores Stephen Tubergen in 123rd (26:59) and Steven Haagsma in 125th (27:00). Junior Alex VanHaitsma also took 130th (27:04).In the women’s race, sophomore Kate Ardinger was Calvin’s top finisher, placing 76th (18:49). Sophomore Lydia Peterson was 131st (19:19) and sophomore Paige McGahan 138th (19:22). Sophomore Lizzy Vannette was 157th (19:33) and senior Hannah Kregel 178th (19:45). Senior Kaylea Brase also took 184th (19:47).
Friday, September 28, 2012
NOTRE DAME, IN - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams had solid performances at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon as the sixth-ranked Calvin men’s team took third in the men’s Gold Division with a team score of 96 points while the eighth-ranked Calvin women’s team was third in the women’s Gold Division with 130 points.
Monday, September 24, 2012
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 Sept. 9.Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), was first across the finish line in leading the Knights to an impressive performance at the MIAA Jamboree Friday at Saint Maryís, posting a time of 25:30 over the 8-kilometer course. Kerr is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time in his career. Michmerhuizen, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), won the womenís race at the MIAA Jamboree at Saint Maryís Friday, crossing the finish line in a time of 22:01. Her performance led the Knights to a first-place showing at the Jamboree. Michmerhuizen is being honored as Runner of the Week for the first time in her career.
Friday, September 21, 2012
NOTRE DAME, IN - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams came away with a pair of dominating performances at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Saint Mary’s College Friday afternoon. Ranked sixth nationally, the Calvin men’s cross country team took six of the top seven spots to record a first place team score of 17 points, 56 points ahead of second place Hope.On the women’s side, Calvin also dominated as the eighth-ranked Knights recorded a team score of 20 points, 33 points ahead of 17th-ranked Hope. The Calvin women took the top two spots individually including seven of the top nine to cruise to the win.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Calvin menís and womenís cross country teams have held their spots in the national rankings. In the most recent set of Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association of America this morning, the Calvin menís team is ranked sixth while the Calvin womenís team is ranked eighth. Both teams were ranked in the same positions in last week’s poll. In the first poll of the year Ė released three weeks ago Ė the Calvin menís cross country team was ranked seventh while the Calvin womenís team was ranked 10th.Two weeks ago, both teams took first place at their own Knight Invitational with the Calvin menís team posting a first place total of 30 points and its womenís team collecting a first place score of 34 points. Both teams are in the process of preparing for the MIAA Jamboree on Friday at Saint Maryís College in Notre Dame, Indiana. The men’s race will begin at 5 p.m. with the women’s race to follow at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Calvin menís and womenís cross country teams continue to climb in the national rankings. In the most recent set of Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association of America, the Calvin menís team is ranked sixth while the Calvin womenís team is ranked eighth. In the first poll of the year Ė released two weeks ago Ė the Calvin menís cross country team was ranked seventh while the Calvin womenís team was ranked 10th.This past weekend, both teams took first place at their own Knight Invitational with the Calvin menís team posting a first place total of 30 points and its womenís team collecting a first place score of 34 points. Both teams are in the process of preparing for the MIAA Jamboree on September 21 at Saint Maryís College in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvinís Job Christiansen and Alyssa Penning as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Sept. 9.Christiansen, a junior from New Ipswich, N.H. (Mascenic Regional HS), finished fifth at the Calvin Invitational with a time of 24:57 over the 8-kilometer course, helping the Knights win the meet with a team score of 30 points. Christiansen is being honored as Runner of the Week for the first time in his career. Penning, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), led the Knights to a first-place showing at their invitational with a second-place finish in a time of 17:57 over the 5-kilometer course. Penning is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time in her career.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
The 10th-ranked Calvin womenís cross country team opened its 2012 campaign in strong fashion, powering its way to a first place finish of 34 points at its own Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Gainey Athletic Complex. With several of its top runners from a year ago having graduated, the Knights have plenty of spots to fill this fall. On Saturday, the holes were filled nicely as the Knights took six of the top 15 points including five of the top 13. Allison Steinbrunner of Ohio Northern won Saturdayís race in a time of 17:42 but Calvin took the next two spots as senior Alyssa Penning was second (17:57) and junior Nicole Michmerhuizen third (18:02) as the duo ran together throughout the race. Freshman McKenzie Diemer stepped up and took ninth individually for Calvin in a time of 18:15 while sophomore Kimby Penning was 12th (18:25), junior Alyssa Oram 13th (18:26) and sophomore Sarah Danner 15th (18:33). Sophomore Lizzy Vannette also had a strong finish, placing 19th (18:37).