Calvin Cross Country Teams Receive All-Academic Honors From USTFCCCA
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The Calvin College menís and womenís cross country teams have once again received All-Academic Team honors from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association of America.
To be honored as an All-Academic Cross Country Team, Division III schools needed a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.1. The Calvin menís cross country team posted a cumulative team grade point average of 3.381 while the Calvin womenís cross country team posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.568.
Both teams were led by head coach Brian Diemer and assisted by Al Hoekstra, Nancy Meyer, Rick Otte, Laura Scholma and Robert Hyde.
Both teams have now received the honor for more than 13 consecutive years.
In addition, three members of the Calvin menís cross country team received individual All-Academic Honors while four members of the Calvin womenís cross country team were so honored.
To earn Division III All-Academic individual honors, runners had to maintain a cumulative GPA of at 3.5 or higher and compete at an NCAA III Regional meet.
Receiving All-Academic accolades from the menís were sophomore Jake Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH) and seniors Jed Christiansen (Greenville, PA and Erik Van Kampen (Elmurst, IL).
On the womenís side, seniors Kelly Edwards (Grand Blanc) and Calah Schlabach (St. Michaels, AZ) received all-academic honors as did juniors Mary Tolsma (Hawthorne, NJ) and Nicole Farr (Wheaton, IL).
This past fall, both Calvin cross country teams captured MIAA and Great Lakes Regional titles with the Calvin men winning the MIAA for the 22nd consecutive year while the Calvin women won the MIAA for the third straight year and for the 20th time in the last 21 years.
At the Great Lakes Regional hosted by Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, Jed Christiansen took first place to receive Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year honors while Schlabach took fifth in the womenís regional race.
At the NCAA III Championships the following week in Hanover, Indiana, the Calvin women earned national runner-up honors with Schlabach finishing 42nd, Edwards 90th and Farr 186th.
Meanwhile, the Calvin men finished fifth as a team with Jed Christiansen and VanKampen both claiming All-America berths with Jed Christiansen finishing 6th individually and Van Kampen 23rd. Jake Christiansen also competed at the national meet, finishing in 163rd place.