Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the Knight Invitational this Saturday at the Calvin Cross Country Course located on Calvin’s east campus at the Gainey Athletic Complex. Calvin videographer Mike Zaagman recently caught up with Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer to give the public a video tour of Calvin’s course which has been in use since 2004. In the video, Diemer narrates the course while Zaagman provides a visual look through his camera lens.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The most recent set of Division III Top 25 rankings for mens’ and women’s cross country have been released by the USTFCCCA and the Calvin men are ranked fifth while the Calvin women are ranked 15th. North Central (IL) is the top-ranked team in the men’s poll while Middlebury (Vt.) is ranked number-one in the women’s poll. Both teams are set to open the 2011 season on Saturday when they host the Knight Invitational at the Gainey Athletic Complex. The women’s 5K race is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s 8K race set to follow at 10:45 a.m. A live audio broadcast of both races will be available online at: Stretch Internet Audio Broadcast
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The first Division III Top 25 cross country polls as conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association have been released and the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are both nationally-ranked. On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked second behind North Central College. The Knights received one first place vote with North Central receiving seven first place votes. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked 16th nationally, one spot behind 15th-ranked Hope. Middlebury (Vt.) is the top-ranked team in the women’s poll.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot
As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level. The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The first set of Division III Great Lakes Regional rankings for men’s and women’s cross country have been released and both Calvin teams are ranked high in the rankings. The Calvin men are ranked number-one in the first men’s Great Lakes poll ahead of Wabash (2), Albion (3), Ohio Wesleyan (4) and Hope (5). On the women’s side, Hope is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region while Calvin is ranked second, Ohio Northern third, Oberlin (Oh.) fourth and DePauw (Ind.) fifth. A year ago, both Calvin teams captured MIAA and Great Lakes Regional titles. At the NCAA III Championships, the Calvin men finished eighth while the Calvin women finished ninth. Both Calvin teams are scheduled to open their seasons on September 17 when the Knights host the annual Knight Invitational at the Gainey Athletic Complex.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
With a powerful one-two punch up front, a solid nucleus of returning veterans and a strong incoming freshmen class, the Calvin women’s cross country team will look to improve upon a 2010 season that included MIAA and Great Lakes Regional crowns as well as a ninth place finish at the NCAA III Championships.
Calvin returns 17 letterwinners from last year’s team including five that received either first or second team All-MIAA recognition. Senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) were both named to the All-MIAA first team last year. Together, they formed a dynamic one-two punch up front last fall as Hoekstra was first and Penning second at the 2010 MIAA Cross Country Championships.
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 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 2010-11 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, 10 are from Calvin.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Nine Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2010-11 academic year. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year. Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team and men’s golf teams also achieved the feat. Calvin teams that received the honor this year include: the women’s cross country team, women’s soccer team, men’s cross country team, women’s volleyball team, women’s track and field team, women’s tennis team, women’s swimming and diving team, men’s tennis team and women’ basketball team.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
On the morning of July 16, another edition of the Rival Relay between the Calvin and Hope men’s and women’s cross country teams took place. The event, which dates back to 1919, involves a seven-leg relay that begins in Grand Rapids and concludes in Holland. The event is entirely organized by the student-athletes without any aid from the coaching staffs of either school. Saturday’s race began at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids and ended at Tunnel Park in Holland. The first six legs were five miles each, with the anchor leg finishing the final 5.85 miles. In between, runners traversed through the streets of Grandville, past the cornfields of Jamestown, through downtown Zeeland, past the blueberry patches of north Holland and then concluding at Tunnel Park. Both Calvin teams were victorious. Members of the Calvin men’s relay team were Alex VanHaitsma, Steven Haagsma, Job Christiansen, Alex Wrobel, Greg Whittle, Jacob Kuyvenhoven and David VandeBunte Ben Lewis also participated, riding his bike throughout the entire race. Members of the Calvin women’s relay were Alyssa Penning, Kaitlin Diemer, Jodi Hoekstra, Sarah Fennema, Lydia Peterson, Samantha Westveer and Nicole Michermhuizen. At the conclusion of the race, both teams from Calvin and Hope gathered for a post-race cookout at Tunnel Park.
Friday, June 17, 2011
For the 16th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing fifth in the nation in Division III in 2010-11 with a total of 762.25 points. Calvin’s point total and its (placement) finish is its highest-ever in the 16 years of the competition. Calvin is one 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 College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 15th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,147 points.