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Calvin Finishes Fifth in Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Standings

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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USTFCCCA Announcement With Standings

Calvin College has finished in fifth place in the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award standings as announced by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.

The NCAA Division III Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award is being awarded for the first time to the most outstanding NCAA Division III women’s cross country/track & field program.  The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institution’s finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.

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National Runner-up Finish by Boerner Headlines Quartet of All-America Berths for Track & Field Teams

Saturday, May 23, 2009

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NCAA III Track and Field Championships Site

MARIETTA, OH—A national runner-up berth by Calvin sophomore Rachel Boerner in the 400 meter hurdles highlighted a quartet of All-America performances for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams on Saturday at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Marietta College.

A native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Boerner took second in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:00.54, a half-second behind national champion Sumer Rohrs of Frostburg State who finished as the national runner-up a year ago to Calvin’s Sarah Wittingen. A graduate of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Boerner is the fifth individual in Calvin women’s track and field history to earn All-America accolades in the event.

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Nate DeHaan Claims All-America Berth in 3,000 Meter Steeplechase at Nationals

Friday, May 22, 2009

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MARIETTA, OH—One year after enduring an agonizing national meet, Calvin College senior Nate DeHaan was able to emerge with all smiles. On Friday night, the Grand Rapids South Christian High School graduate claimed an All-America berth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing sixth at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a career-best time of 9:06.00. A year ago, DeHaan competed in the event at the national meet but lost one of his shoes after being spiked on the opening lap. DeHaan ran the rest of the way with one shoe on and one shoe off and courageously ran near the top of the pack for all but the final lap-and-a-half when he faded back to 12th place because of fatigue and pounding on his bare foot.

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Christiansen and Koster Garner All-America Honors in 10K at NCAA III Track and Field Championships

Thursday, May 21, 2009

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MARIETTA, OH—Battling temperatures in the mid-80’s Calvin distance runners Jed Christiansen and Jessica Koster still found a way to run to All-America finishes in the 10,000 meters on day one of the NCAA III Track and Field Championships hosted by Marietta College. In the men’s race, Christiansen finished fourth with a time of 30:59.33 while Koster took fifth with a time of 36:11.75.

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Van Woerkom, Oosterhouse & Deur Receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Honors

Thursday, May 21, 2009

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams

GRAND RAPIDS—Three Calvin student-athletes have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors in the women’s at-large college division.  Senior Cara Van Woerkom and sophomore Melissa Oosterhouse have been named to the all-district first team while senior Erica Deur has been named to the all-district second team.

As members of the first team, Van Woerkom and Oosterhouse now advance to the national ballot and are eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America ® consideration.

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Tyler Berger Named To All-Mideast Region Baseball Team

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Calvin College freshman Tyler Berger has been named to the Division III All-Mideast Region third team by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Berger took over the starting job in centerfield this spring for the Knights and batted a team-leading .400 with 31 runs scored and 31 runs batted in. He also belted four home runs, 10 doubles and two triples for a slugging percentage of .626. In the field, Berger was stellar, committing just two errors in 72 chances for a fielding percentage of .971.

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Nate DeHaan Prepares For NCAA III Championships in 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Nate DeHaan Audio Interview

This weekend, Calvin College senior Nate DeHaan will compete in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. DeHaan is seeded eighth with a time of 9:08.26 and will join teammate Aaron Goodman in the race. A year ago, DeHaan finished 12th in the steeplechase at the national meet, despite losing a shoe in the opening lap. The Calvin Sports Information Department recently caught up with DeHaan to talk about the upcoming national meet and his Calvin career. Listen to the interview here: Nate DeHaan Audio Interview

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Calvin Announces Recipients of Bere’/Tiemersma Awards

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin College has announced the 2009 recipients of its highest honors for men’s and women’s athletics:  the Beré Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award.

Jed Christiansen of Greenville, Pennsylvania, is this year’s Beré Memorial Award winner while Erica Deur is this year’s recipient of the Tiemersma Award. Christiansen has been a four-year standout on the Calvin men’s cross country team and on its men’s track and field team. Deur has a been a diving standout on the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team the past four years.

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Sarah Reasoner Named Regional Field Athlete of the Year by USTFCCA

Monday, May 18, 2009

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USTFCCA Regional Awards Announcement

Calvin College sophomore Sarah Reasoner has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Field Event Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.

A sophomore from Cambridge, Minn., Reasoner won MIAA titles in both the shot put and the discus to help lead Calvin to its 20th straight outdoor team title, also earning MIAA Most Outstanding Field Event Performer honors for her efforts.

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Calvin Sending 15 to NCAA III Track and Field Championships

Sunday, May 17, 2009

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NCAA III Track and Field Championships Site

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined 15 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including 10 from its women’s team and five from its men’s team.

The following is a look at the 15 individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 21-23) at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

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