Calvin Cross Country Teams Claim First Place at MIAA Jamboree at Adrian
Saturday, September 28, 2013
ADRIAN - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams raced to first place victories at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian on Saturday at the Lenawee Christian High School cross country course.
In the women’s race, seventh-ranked Calvin took five of the top six spots for a first place score of 19 points, 21 points ahead of Hope. On the men’s side, 13th-ranked Calvin recorded 38 points, 17 points ahead of second place Hope.
The MIAA Jamboree is worth one-third of the final MIAA title with the MIAA Championships making up the remaining portion.
The Knights had the top finisher in both races as senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) won the women’s race in 22:13 while freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) won the men’s race in 26:06.
Michmerhuizen grabbed the lead in the final 100 meters and led a pack of Calvin runners across the finish line. Sheri McCormack was second but the Knights took the next four spots led by senior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) in third place. She was followed by Calvin junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS) in fourth, junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in fifth and senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) in sixth.
“It was a good start to our conference season,” said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer of the women’s race. “We had a few bumps during the race but we also had some people really step up and do some nice things. We need to fill a few holes here and there but I am confident that we will do that as the year progresses.”
On the men’s side, Nowicki moved past Albion’s Paul Lewis with 100 meters to go and sprinted home for the victory. He was one of five Calvin runners to place in the top 12.
Calvin’s second finisher was junior Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in fifth. He was followed by freshman Nathan VanHaitsma (Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) in ninth, senior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) in 11th and junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) in 12th.
“Our men did what they had to do today,” said Diemer. “For Zac Nowicki to run the race that he did and have the moxie to pull ahead at the end shows the type of talent and character he has. That was impressive. We have a young team sprinkled in with a few veterans and a few of our veterans have been banged up. As the upperclassmen get healthier, our depth will improve and that should help us in future races.”
Calvin is back in action next Friday when it competes at the Notre Dame Invitational.