Saturday, May 21, 2011National Qualifying List
NAPERVILLE, IL - With her first and only chance to qualify for the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Calvin College sophomore Alyssa Penning stepped up and delivered Friday night at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College. A graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Penning took first place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 10:43.97. Her time was less than a second off an automatic qualifying time and places her 10th on the national qualifying list. The performance will almost certainly assure her of a trip to the NCAA III Championships next weekend in Delaware, Ohio. A Dean’s List student at Calvin majoring in Spanish, Penning has missed nearly the entire outdoor track and field season as she spent the second semester studying in Spain to fulfill requirements for her academic major. While in Spain, Penning trained on her own and returned to Calvin earlier this week. Her race on Friday night was her first of the outdoor track and field season and also was a career-best effort.
Thursday, May 19, 2011USTFCCCA Division III National Rankings
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams are both ranked in this week’s Division III Top 25 poll released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The rankings are computerized polls. The computer rankings are new for the 2011 season. Mathematical formulae based on current national descending-order lists in all events are used to compile a team’s ranking. The purpose of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots at the NCAA Division III National Championships. The Calvin men are ranked 15th in this week’s poll while the Calvin women are ranked 10th. In addition, the Calvin men are ranked third in the Great Lakes Region by the USTFCCCA while the Calvin women are the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region.
Thursday, May 19, 2011Capital One Academic All-District Teams
GRAND RAPIDS - Two Calvin student-athletes have received Capital One Academic All-District honors in the women’s at-large college division as named by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). Seniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler have been named to the all-district IV first team in the college division. As members of the first team, Oosterhouse and Bressler now advance to the national ballot and are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration. In the classroom, Oosterhouse is a biology major with a minor in biochemistry. She carries a 3.94 grade point average and has been a regular member of the Calvin Dean’s List and MIAA Academic Honor Roll. An accounting major, Bressler carries a 3.75 grade point average. She is also a regular member of the Calvin Dean’s List and MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
Saturday, May 14, 2011Results
NAPERVILLE, IL Ė The Calvin menís and womenís track and field teams sent a group of athletes to the Dr. Keeler Invitational Thursday and Friday and came away with a handful of standout performances. Junior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) led the way for the menís team with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, clocking in with a season-best effort of 9:06.04. Sophomore teammate Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) also had a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 9:16.54. On the womenís side, junior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) just missed a provisional time in the 1,500 meters, clocking in with a season-best effort of 4:38.97. Junior Kaitlin Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) also had a season-best time of 4:39.74. In the womenís javelin, senior Kim Wigboldy (Chandler, AZ/Valley Christian HS) had a career-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying mark of 130-3 that was good for second place.
Friday, May 13, 2011NCAA SAAC Partnership Announcement With Special Olympics
A Special Olympics competition took place outside Calvin’s Huizenga Tennis and Track Center on May 7, and the Calvin softball team spent the day volunteering with the Special Olympians. Each Calvin softball player was paired with a competing Special Olympian and assisted in the various events. At the NCAA Convention this past January, The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is initiating a partnership with Special Olympics in a coordinated community-outreach effort that incorporates the hundreds of SAACs at Division III schools and conference offices with the Special Olympics Programs that exist in each state.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin College has announced the 2011 recipients of its highest honors for menís and womenís athletics: the Berť Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award. Scott Hooker of Hudsonville, Michigan, is this year’s Berť Memorial Award winner while Melissa Oosterhouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is this yearís recipient of the Tiemersma Award. A graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Scott Hooker has been a four-year member of the Calvin menís soccer team.Oosterhouse meanwhile is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School and has been a four-year member of the Calvin women’s tennis program.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The All-MIAA baseball teams have been announced and two members of the Calvin baseball team have been selected to the All-MIAA second team. Selected to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are senior Keith Spoelstra and junior Jake Van Alten. Spoelstra is from Oakland, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Eastern Christian High School and is receiving All-MIAA second team honors for the second time in his career. A pitcher, Spoelstra was third in the MIAA in pitching victories (5), complete games (6) and innings pitched (48.1) while also ranking ninth in strikeouts (33). Van Alten is from Holland and is a graduate of Holland Christian High School. Calvin’s starting leftfielder over the last three years, Van Alten batted .329 in league play to rank 10th in the MIAA batting race. He also collected nine sacrifice hits and was superb on defense, commiting only one error in 54 chances for a .981 fielding percentage
Wednesday, May 11, 2011Results
(by Sports Information Student Assistant Jordan Brink
A group of Calvin track and field athletes from both the menís and womenís teams competed at the Aquinas Twilight Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Houseman Field. The Knights recorded many notable performances and several of them came up with season best efforts. A highlight from the womenís team came from senior Kim Wigboldy who threw a season best and NCAA III provisional qualifying distance of 128-9 in the javelin. Wigboldy also jumped 16-11 in the long jump. In the discus, senior Sarah Reasoner threw a season-best and NCAA III automatic qualifying effort of 151-10 in the discus. In the sprints, freshman Julie Busscher recorded a time of of 12.75 in the 100 meters, and a season-best time of 26.06 in the 200 meters. Freshman Hillary Banning won the triple jump with a hop-skip-and-jump of 35-4. For the men, Freshman Evert Geerlings had an excellent performance in the pole vault with a personal record of 14-3 ľ. Freshman Matt Christians jumped 6-5 in the high jump.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011NCAA III Singles Tournament Announcement
Calvin College senior Melissa Oosterhouse will return to the NCAA III Singles Tournament. On Wednesday night, Oosterhouse was extended a bid to the 2011 NCAA III Singles Tournament, scheduled for May 27-29 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, California. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Oosterhouse will be one of 32 singles players competing in the single-elimination tournament. The selection of individuals for the championships is based on won-lost record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011Day Two Results
GREENSBORO, NC - Calvin rebounded from a difficult day one with a sterling effort on day two at the NCAA III Championships Wednesday afternoon on the West Course of the Grandover Resort. After shooting a team score of 317 on Tuesday, Calvin improved by a 20-stroke margin on Wednesday, carding a team score of 297 led by senior Jess Hendriksma who fired an even-par round of 72. Hendriksma (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) finished with a two-day total of 149 strokes after shooting 77 on day one. Calvin’s two-day team score of 614 was good for 26th place, allowing the Knights to move up eight spots from their day one standing. Calvin will not advance into the final two rounds as only the top 15 teams make the cut for the final 36 holes of competition.