Calvin Cross Country Teams Compete at Michigan Intercollegiates at Hillsdale College
Friday, October 07, 2011
HILLSDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Michigan Intercollegiates on Friday at the Hayden Park cross country course on the campus of Hillsdale College. The competition included teams from around the state of Michigan from the NCAA Division I, II and III ranks as well as the NAIA level.
On the men’s side, Calvin chose not to run its top group in order to prepare for the Wisconsin-Oshkosh pre-national meet next Saturday. Neverthless, the Knights still managed to finish fourth in the small college division behind Wayne State, Grand Valley State and host Hillsdale with a total of 148 points. Calvin’s top runner was junior Kevin Peterson with a time of 26:53 on the 8K course. Sophomore Sam Kerk was Calvin’s next finisher, placing 18th in a time of 27:04. Next for Calvin was senior Alex Wrobel in 40th (27:31), junior Alex Van Haitsma in 42nd (27:34) and junior Gabe Gunnink in 45th (27:44). Rounding out Calvin’s top seven were freshman Jacob Kuyvenhoven in 48th (27:50) and sophomore Philip Spitzer in 62nd (28:12).
In the women’s 5K race, Calvin took second in the small college division with 79 points with Saginaw Valley State winning with 62 points. Calvin also chose not to run all of its top seven on Friday with the Wisconsin-Oshkoh pre-national race looming next week.
Calvin did run its top two runners in senior Jodi Hoekstra and junior Alyssa Penning and both individuals flahsed fine form with Hoekstra taking second (18:22) and Penning third (18:28). Senior Samantha Westveer was Calvin’s third finisher, placing 19th (19:32) while junior Kaylea Brase was 27th (19:54) and freshman Lizzy Vannette 28th (19:54). Rounding out Calvin’s top seven were senior Eva Kort in 36th (20:09) and freshman Paige McGahan in 40th (20:10).
Next week’s Wisconsin-Oshkosh pre-national competition is slated to begin at 11 a.m. (CST).