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Calvin Lands Four on Capital One Academic All-District Cross Country/Track & Field Teams

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Four members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-District honors. Seniors Dan Kerr, Greg Whittle and Job Christiansen have been named to the All-District 6 team on the men’s side while junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the All-District 6 team on the women’s side. As members of the all-district teams, all four individuals advance to the national ballot and are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.

Men’s All-District Teams

Women’s All-District Teams

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Kevin Van Haitsma Named Head Coach of Calvin Women’s Tennis Program

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Kevin Van Haitsma has been named the head coach of the Calvin women’s tennis program. Van Haitsma takes over the reins from Dr. Jerry Bergsma who will remain at Calvin as its head women’s golf coach and as a professor in the Calvin kinesiology department. A 2005 Calvin College graduate, Van Haitsma is no stranger to the Calvin tennis program. While a student at Calvin, he was a four-year member of the Calvin men’s tennis, earning a spot on the All-MIAA first team in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Van Haitsma was a three-year starter at No. 1 singles before suffering an off-season injury prior to his senior year. Courageously, Van Haitsma fought back to not only play his senior year in 2005, but also work his way up to the No. 2 singles spot. His comeback story was profiled on the Calvin website at: Kevin Van Haitsma Knightfile Story Van Haitsma was graduated from Calvin in 2005 with a double major of business and physical education. He is a native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. He later served as an assistant coach with the Calvin women’s tennis team under Bergsma from November of 2005 through the conclusion of the 2009 season.

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Whittle Claims All-America Berth in 1,500 Meters at NCAA III Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Saturday, May 25, 2013

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LA CROSSE, WISC. - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out competition at the NCAA III Championships with one additional NCAA All-America performance as senior Greg Whittle took fifth in the 1,500 meters. The Knights had four other runners compete on Saturday but the remaining four were unable to score. In the 1,500 meters, Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) took fifth with a career-best time of 3:49.48. Whittle’s time is also the second-fastest in Calvin track and field history, surpassed only by the 3:48.13 run by Dave Sydow in 1992. The All-America berth is the third of Whittle’s track and field career and his second in the 1,500 meters. Whittle took fourth in the 1,500 meters at the 2011 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He was also the national runner-up in the mile run at the 2011 NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. He is the third individual in Calvin men’s track and field history to be a two-time NCAA III All-American in the 1,500 meters, joining Sydow (1990, 1991 and 1992) and Lee Doherty (1997 and 1999). Calvin finished tied for 19th in the final men’s team standings with 11 points while host Wisconsin-La Crosse took the team title with 66 points. On the women’s side, Calvin finished tied for 26th with 10 points. Wartburg won the women’s team title with 46 points.

Calvin Men’s All-Time Track and Field All-Americans

All-Time Calvin Women’s Track and Field All-Americans

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Nicole Michmerhuizen Captures National Title in Women’s 10,000 Meters at NCAA III Championships

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Site

(Photos by Mark Dannenhauer)

LA CROSSE, WISC. - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams produced a dynamic first day of competition at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) highlighted the day by winning the national title in the 10,000 meters. Calvin also produced a pair of All-America performances in the men’s 10,000 meters as seniors Dan Kerr (Petoskey, Mich.) and Matt Vander Roest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) were third and eighth respectively. In addition, senior Greg Whittle advanced to the the finals in the men’s 1,500 meters while senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) did the same in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. The title by Michmerhuizen was the 12th individual national title in outdoor track and field by a Calvin women’s track and field athlete.  Michmerhuizen is the first to do so in the 10,000 meters however and she did so with vigor Thursday evening as she led from start-to-finish.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Prepare for NCAA III Championships

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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NCAA III Championships Website

(Photo by Bret Otte at NCAA III Championships Banquet)
Eight members of the Calvin track and field program are preparing for NCAA III Championships competition this week at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Representing the men’s team are seniors Dan Kerr (10,000 meters), Matt VanderRoest (10,000 meters and 5,000 meters), and Greg Whittle (1,500 meters), junior Sam Kerk (5,000 meters and 1,500 meters) and sophomore Steven Haagsma (steeplechase). Representing the women’s team are senior Alyssa Penning (steeplechase) and juniors Alyssa Oram (steeplechase) and Nicole Michmerhuizen (10,000 meters and 5,000 meters). Events scheduled for Thursday for Calvin competitors include the men’s and women’s 10,000 meter runs, the prelims of the men’s and women’s steeplechase and the men’s 1,500 meter prelims.

NCAA III TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS LINKS

Live Video Stream Coverage

Event By Event Results

Mlive.com Calvin College Track & Field Preview

Division III Championships Preview by USTFCCCA

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Grant Van Putten Named to All-Region Baseball Teams

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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D3baseball.com All-Region Teams

Calvin College sophomore Grant Van Putten has been named to the D3baseball.com All-Mideast Region second team. In addition, he has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region third team. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Van Putten put together a record-breaking year for the Calvin baseball team this spring. Van Putten batted .426 this spring for the Knights while playing a stellar centerfield. Van Putten’s final season average of .426 is the third-highest single-season average in Calvin history, surpassed only by the .442 average of Ken Stuursma in 1987 and the .463 mark of T. J. Cummings in 1994. His season total of 63 hits is also a new Calvin single-season record as is his season total of 23 stolen bases. Van Putten now has 44 career stolen bases and is the Calvin career record holder in that category as well. In addition, his 41 runs scored this spring is the second-highest single-season total in Calvin baseball history. Finally, his total of 85 total bases is also second on the Calvin single-season list.

ABCA Division III All-Mideast Region Teams

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Calvin Sending Eight Athletes to NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Sunday, May 19, 2013

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UW-LA CROSSE NCAA III Championships Site

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined eight athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including three from its women’s team and five from its men’s team. The following is a look at the individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 23-25) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Representing the Calvin women will be senior Alyssa Penning and juniors Alyssa Oram and Nicole Michmerhuizen. Representing the Calvin men will be seniors Dan Kerr, Matt VanderRoest and Greg Whittle along with junior Sam Kerk and sophomore Steven Haagsma.

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Calvin Track & Field Athletes Compete at North Central College Gregory Invitational

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Calvin’s track and field athletes received their final opportunities to improve their performances for NCAA III Championship qualification at last-chance meets this weekend in the state of Illinois. At the Gregory Invitational Friday night, sophomore Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) highlighted the meet for Calvin by placing third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:08.16. The time was a career-best by nearly five seconds and marked the fourth straight steeplechase that he has run a personal-best. His time places him 18th on the national list and should lock him into a qualifying spot for the NCAA III Track and Field Championships next week at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. If Haagsma qualifies, it will mark the sixth consecutive year that a member of the Calvin men’s track and field team has qualified for nationals in the event.

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Calvin Announces Recipients of 2013 Bere’/Tiemersma Awards

Friday, May 17, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin College has announced the 2013 recipients of its highest honors for men’s and women’s athletics:  the Beré Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award. Dan Kerr of Petoskey, Michigan, is this year’s Beré Memorial Award winner while the women’s side features co-recipients in Lizzie Kamp of Orland Park, Illinois, and Carissa Verkaik of Holland, Michigan. The Beré Memorial Award has been presented annually by Calvin since 1951.  The Beré honors the top senior male student-athlete, based on athletic ability, scholastic rank, character and leadership, and is selected by the school’s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives.  It is given in memory of Joe Beré, a Calvin student who was killed in a 1949 auto accident on his way to watch a Calvin basketball game.  This is the 39th year that Calvin has given the Tiemersma award—presented annually to the top senior female student-athlete.  The award honors Kay Tiemersma, the first woman physical education teacher in the member schools of the Christian Schools International organization, and a pioneer in women’s sports.  Its presentation is based on athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership.  The winner is also selected by the school’s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives. This year marks just the fourth time in school history that the Tiemersma Award has featured co-recipients. Other years with co-recipients include 1990 (Amber Blankespoor & Stephanie Rhind), 1993 (Becky Konyndyk and Betsy Wilgenburg) and 2007 (Lisa Winkle and Becky Weima).

Dan Kerr Audio Interview

Lizzie Kamp Audio Interview

Carissa Verkaik Audio Interview

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Brian Diemer Named USTFCCCA Division III Great Lakes Assistant Men’s T & F Coach of Year

Friday, May 17, 2013

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USTFCCCA Regional Awards Announcement

For the third time this academic year, Calvin College distance coach Brian Diemer has receive Regional Coach of the Year honors from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The most recent announcement came today as Diemer was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in outdoor men’s track and field. This past March, Diemer was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year for women’s indoor track and field. Last November he was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year for men’s cross country. This spring, Diemer led five men under 15:00 in the 5000 meters this season and another five under 32:00 in the 10k. Three of his athletes were champions this year in the MIAA and his squad claimed 88 points total in the league meet. Nationally, Dan Kerr is in the nation’s top three in the 10,000 meters. Diemer is in his 27th year at the school.

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