Calvin Cross Country Teams Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards - Men’s Team Academic Team of Year
Friday, February 22, 2013
NEW ORLEANS Ė The Knights of Calvin College are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Menís Scholar Team of the Year for the 2012 cross country season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Calvin took runner-up honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championship title this fall.
Scholar Teams of the year are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest as a team at the most recent NCAA Championships.
Calvin College, coached by Brian Diemer, has earned a 3.47 cumulative grade point average through the fall semester of 2012. The Knights finished in a tie for second as a team at the NCAA Championships with Haverford, but were able to claim Scholar Team of the Year honors by a slim .027 margin between the two schoolsí cumulative team grade point averages.
The Knights came close to claiming the NCAA team title, finishing runner-up in a tie with Haverford with 188 points behind champion North Central (Ill.)ís 167 points. A pair of senior runners earned USTFCCCA All-America honors for Calvin in Nick Kramer (26th) and Dan Kerr (46th).
In addition to the Scholar Team of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those men who earned 2012 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status.
A total of 162 student-athletes represent the 85 institutions that compose the group. Calvin led all teams in both genders and all divisions with seven named to the All-Academic list. Pomona-Pitzer and UW-La Crosse followed among DIII menís squads with five. The UAA picked up the most nods among conferences with 16. The SCIAC was second-most among conferences with 15.
Twelve of the top 25 finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall earned All-Academic honors. Seven on the All-Academic list reported cumulative GPAs of 4.0 through the fall semester.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships.
All seven of Calvin’s individuals thast competed at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships received individual all-academic honors. Those seven individuals from Calvin are senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), junior Sam Kerk (Hartland, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS), senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS), senior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS), senior David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS), senior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) and senior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).
WOMEN’S TEAM ALSO CLAIMS HONORS
The Calvin women’s cross country team also claimed USTFCCA All-Academic Honors. The Knights posted a 3.52 grade point average. At the NCAA III Championships, Calvin finished 18th as a team.
In addition, Calvin had three individuals receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Those three individuals were senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and sophomore Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS).
The Calvin women’s team has now recorded USTFCCCA Team All-Academic honors since 1987.