Calvin Cross Country Teams Compete at Notre Dame Invitational
Friday, September 30, 2011
NOTRE DAME, IN - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon with both teams competing in the Gold Division. On the men’s side, third-ranked Calvin took fourth with 133 points, trailing top-ranked (Division III) North Central (IL) which took third with 67 points, the University of Windsor which placed second with 50 points and Grand Valley State which won with a team score of 45 points.
In the women’s gold division race, Calvin placed seventh with 229 points with Grand Valley State winning with a team score of 40 points.
The Calvin men featured a powerful one-two punch in juniors Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) and Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) with VanderRoest placing sixth in a time of 25:16 while Kerr was eighth in 25:20. Junior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) also cracked the top 30, placing 29th in a time of 25:49. Rounding out Calvin’s finishers were junior David Vande Bunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) in 36th (25:57), junior Rhett Morici (St. Charles, IL/St. Charles North HS) in 59th (26:12), junior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) in 67th (26:24) and senior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) in 92nd 26:50.
“I thought Matt VanderRoest and Dan Kerr really had outstanding races today,” said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer after the race. “Both of those guys have really taken big steps forward. The biggest challenge for our team as a whole is to work on tightening up our pack.”
On the women’s side, Calvin’s top runner was again senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicag Christian HS) who placed 17th with a time of 18:13. Junior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was next for the Knights in 26th place (18:28) while senior Kaitlin Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) was 55th (18:58) and junior Christine Hartley (Pewaukee, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) 59th (18:59). Rounding out Calvin’s finishers were sophomore Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan, MI) in 83rd (19:31), sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) in 89th (19:37) and freshman Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS) in 111th place (20:03).
“We’ve got some work to do,” said Brian Diemer after the women’s race. “Like the men’s team, our big goal in the upcoming weeks is to tighten up our pack. We weren’t able to stay together nearly as much as we would have liked and we’ll need to tighten things up in the next few weeks.”
A group of Calvin runners will compete at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational Saturday morning in Chicago.