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Calvin Cross Country Teams Have Big Performances at UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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WINNECONNE, WI – The Calvin women’s cross country team repeated as champion at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Lake Breeze Golf Course, recording a team score of 71 points. Ranked eighth nationally, Calvin finished 49 points ahead of sixth-ranked University of Chicago which placed second.

The Knights featured the stellar one-two punch of front of freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) and senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Vince was fifth (21:39 on the 6K course while Michmerhuizen was eighth (21:46).

Junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS) and senior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) were next for Calvin in a tight pack with Danner placing 16th (22:18) and Oram 19th (22:19).

Junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was the fifth runner for Calvin, placing 30th (22:36) while senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) was 33rd and freshman Lauren Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) 65th (23:08).

“We had a really strong performance,” said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. “We are starting to show that we will be a team to be reckoned with at the end of the year.”

In the men’s competition, 24th-ranked Calvin also took a step forward as the Knights took seventh in a loaded field of nationally-ranked team, recording a team score of 234 points. Most notable in the finish was the fact that Calvin finished one point ahead of Wabash which entered the week ranked 13th nationally and number-one in the Great Lakes Region, one spot ahead of Calvin in the regional poll. At the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks prior, Wabash finished 46 points ahead of Calvin.

“We took a big step forward today,” said Diemer. “We have some work to do yet but things are starting to come together. We had some youngsters and some veterans work together in today’s race. That’s a good sign for the upcoming weeks for our team.”

Freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) was the top finisher for Calvin in the 8K race, placing 30th (25:18) while senior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) was 57th (25:40).

Next for Calvin was senior Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) in 68th (25:46), sophomore Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) in 69th (25:47) and junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) in 93rd (26:01). Freshman Jonathan Schaap (Mahomet, IL/Mahomet-Seymour HS) was 93rd (26:01) and junior Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) 107th (26:10).

Top-ranked North Central took first place with 33 points while third-ranked Washington University (MO) was second (64 points) and 14th-ranked UW-Eau Claire 3rd with 133 points. Seventh-ranked UW-Oshkosh was fourth (152 points), Division II Wisconsin-Parkside fifth (223 points) and 17th-ranked University of Chicago sixth (230 points).

Calvin also sent teams to the Manchester Invitational on Saturday. In the women’s race, Calvin was second with 40 points. In the men’s race, Calvin was second with 62 points. Host Manchester won the men’s race with 15 points while Saint Mary’s won the women’s race with 34 points.

In the women’s race, Calvin placed four runners in the top 25 led by freshman Lauren Strobehn (Stillwater, MN/St. Croix Prepatory) in fourth place 23:52 on the 6K course. Senior Margeaux Carter (Yellow Jacket, CO/Montezuma-Cortez HS) was ninth (24:02), freshman Kristen Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) 15th (24:09) and junior Lisa Schultz (Caledonia/Caledonia HS) 25th (24:34).

In the men’s race, freshman Alex Johnson (Eugene, OR/Henry D. Sheldon HS) cracked the top 10, placing eighth (27:21) while freshman Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) was 20th (27:46). Also of note, sophomore Seth Borchardt (Menomonee Falls, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) was 33rd (27:49) and sophomore Landon Potts (Caledonia/South Christian HS) was 47th (27:57).

Both Calvin teams will now prepare to compete at the MIAA Championships scheduled to be hosted by Hope College on November 2 at the West Ottawa Golf Course.

Men’s Brooks Invite Results

Women’s Brooks Invite Results

Men’s Manchester Results

Women’s Manchester Results

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