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.
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 Statesí Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic departmentís 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 ďto enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,Ē according to the organizationís 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 womenís 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 yearís 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.