Monday, October 10, 2011
ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intecollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvinís Alyssa Penning its MIAA Runner of the Week in women’s cross country for meets through October 8.Penning, a junior from Grand Rapids (GR Christian HS), finished third in the small college (Division II/III) division at the Michigan Intercollegiates meet at Hillsdale with a time of 18:28 over the 6-kliometer course. Her performance led Calvin to a second-place showing among the 17 teams in the small college division, behind only Division II Saginaw Valley State, with a team score of 79 points. Calvin will now prepare to compete at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh pre-national invitational on Saturday.
Friday, October 07, 2011
HILLSDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Michigan Intercollegiates on Friday at the Hayden Park cross country course on the campus of Hillsdale College. The competition included teams from around the state of Michigan from the NCAA Division I, II and III ranks as well as the NAIA level. On the men’s side, Calvin chose not to run its top group in order to prepare for the Wisconsin-Oshkosh pre-national meet next Saturday. Neverthless, the Knights still managed to finish fourth in the small college division behind Wayne State, Grand Valley State and host Hillsdale with a total of 148 points. Calvin’s top runner was junior Kevin Peterson with a time of 26:53 on the 8K course. In the women’s 5K race, Calvin took second in the small college division with 79 points with Saginaw Valley State winning with 62 points. Calvin also chose not to run all of its top seven on Friday with the Wisconsin-Oshkoh pre-national race looming next week. Calvin did run its top two runners in senior Jodi Hoekstra and junior Alyssa Penning and both individuals flashed fine form with Hoekstra taking second (18:22) and Penning third (18:28).
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have each moved up one spot in the latest set of Division III Cross Country rankings compiled by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked third behind second-ranked Haverford and top-ranked North Central. The Knights were ranked fourth last week. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked seventh. The Knights were ranked eighth a week ago. Middlebury (Vt.) remains the top-ranked team while Washington (Mo.) is ranked second. Both Calvin teams will compete at the Michigan Intercollegiates on Friday in Hillsdale, Michigan. The competition will include teams from around the state of Michigan at the Division I, II, III and NAIA levels.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
CHICAGO, IL - A group of runners from the Calvin men’s and women’s cross contry teams competed at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. In the men’s race, Calvin placed 16th with 465 points. In the women’s race, Calvin placed 14th with 469 points. The University of Toledo won the men’s race with 55 points while the University of Iowa won the women’s race with 27 points. Calvin’s top finisher in the men’s race was junior Kevin Peterson (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 62nd place (26:17). On the women’s side, senior Samantha Westveer (Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) led Calvin by placing 88th (19:08). Calvin returns to action next Friday, competing at the Michigan Intercollegiates at Hillsdale College.
Friday, September 30, 2011
NOTRE DAME, IN - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon with both teams competing in the Gold Division. On the men’s side, third-ranked Calvin took fourth with 133 points, trailing top-ranked (Division III) North Central (IL) which took third with 67 points, the University of Windsor which placed second with 50 points and Grand Valley State which won with a team score of 45 points. In the women’s gold division race, Calvin placed seventh with 229 points with Grand Valley State winning with a team score of 40 points.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Calvin menís and womenís cross country teams continue to move up in the national polls. In the latest set of national rankings released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association, the Calvin men are ranked third and the Calvin women are ranked eighth. Both teams have moved up one spot from a week ago when the Calvin men were ranked fourth and the Calvin women ranked ninth. North Central is the top-ranked team in the menís poll. Calvin will get a chance to run against the Cardinals this Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational. On the womenís side, Middlebury (Vt.) is again ranked number-one. Both Calvin teams will run at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. A group of runners representing both teams will also compete at the Loyola Invitational on Saturday.
Monday, September 26, 2011
ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin runners Matt Vander Roest and Jodi Hoekstra its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through September 24. A junior from Ann Arbor (Huron HS), Vander Roest took first place at the MIAA Jamboree at Trineís Zollner Golf Course Saturday with a time of 26:01. Vander Roest finished eight seconds ahead of his nearest competitor as he helped lead Calvin to a first-place finish in the menís meet with 16 points. A senior from Homer Glen, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), Hoekstra took first place at the MIAA Jamboree on Saturday at Trine with a time of 22:52, finishing 28 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Hoekstra helped lead Calvin to a first-place finish in the womenís meet with 27 points as the Knights placed five runners in the top 10. Hoekstra has now won her last two races.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
ANGOLA, IN Ė The nationally-ranked Calvin menís and womenís cross country teams put on an impressive show Saturday morning at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Trine University at the Zollner Golf Course as both teams took first place by solid margins. In the womenís race, ninth-ranked Calvin took first place with 27 points, 17 points ahead of rival Hope which entered Saturdayís race ranked 13th nationally. Senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) again led a powerful one-two punch up front with Hoekstra winning the 6K race in 22:52 while Penning was second in 23:20. On the menís side, fifth-ranked Calvin nearly pulled off a perfect score, taking the top four spots and five of the top six to finish with 16 points, well ahead of 31st-ranked Albion which posted a team score of 61 points. On the menís side, junior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) had a monster day, winning the 8K race in a time of 26:01 as Calvin took the top four spots and five of the top six.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have both cracked the most recent top 10 national rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Calvin men’s team is ranked fourth in the men’s Division III Top 25 poll, up one spot from last week while the Calvin women are ranked ninth in the women’s poll, up six spots from a week ago.Both Calvin teams will compete at an MIAA Jamboree on Saturday at Trine University. The women’s race will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the men’s race to follow at 11:15 a.m. The complete set of Division III Top 25 rankings can be found online at: USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings
Saturday, September 17, 2011
(by Mark DeHaan)
Running at home for the only time this season, the women’s cross country team looked to impress the home crowd on Saturday, and they did just that. Lead by senior Jodi Hoekstra, who ran a 17:29.30, the Knights were able to blow away their competition away by scoring only 27 points. The second place team, Ohio Northern, scored 66 points on the day. Hoekstra, who finished in first place, was followed closely behind by junior Alyssa Penning, who finished in second with a 17:33.90. The key for Calvin was its ability to finish their top five all within one minute of each other as senior Kaitlin Diemer, junior Christine Hartley, and sophomore Alyssa Oram ran times of 18:07.20, 18:17.90, and 18:27.80, respectively.