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Calvin Cross Country Teams Compete at Notre Dame Invitational

Friday, October 04, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, IN - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational on Friday afternoon. In the women’s gold division, eighth-ranked Calvin took seventh in the 5K race with a team score of 269 points in a field made up primarily of Division I and Division II opponents. On the men’s side, 22nd-ranked Calvin took 13th in the 8K race with 334 points.

In the men’s race, Calvin finished just behind 12th place Wabash (288 points) in a matchup of the top-two ranked teams in the Great Lakes Region. Division II Grand Valley State took the win with 40 points while top-ranked Division III North Central was second with 78 points.

Freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) led the Knights by placing 40th in a time of 26:32. Senior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) had one of his best races of the year, finishing 45th in 26:36. Calvin’s pack was then splintered up as junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) was 80th (27:01), senior Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) 90th (27:11), freshman Jonathan Schaap (Mahomet, IL/Mahomet-Seymour HS) 104th (27:25), junior Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian HS) 116th (27:35) and freshman Nathan Van Haitsma (Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) in 124th (27:39) to round out Calvin’s top group.

In the women’s race, Southern Illinois took first with 52 points followed by Grand Valley State with 63. Senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was the top finisher for Calvin, placing 26th in a time of 18:22. Senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) was Calvin’s second finisher, placing 48th in a time of 18:44 while senior Alyssa Oram (Chebogyan/Home Schooled) was close behind in 51st with a time of 14:46.

Calvin junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was Calvin’s fourth finisher, placing 73rd in 19:01 while junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS) was 75th in 19:02.

Rounding out Calvin’s top seven were junior Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) in 98th (19:20) and junior Rachel Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) in 106th (19:24).

Calvin is back in action next Friday when it competes at the Michigan Intercollegiates hosted by Hillsdale College.

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