Calvin Track & Field Teams/Athletes Receive Academic Honors From USTFCCA
Thursday, July 09, 2009
For the ninth straight year, the Calvin womenís track and field team has received the all-academic team award from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Calvin men’s track and field team has also received the award.
Teams were eligible for the for honor if they had a minimum of 14 members who participated in the 2008 outdoor season and recorded a minimum 3.00 (4.00 scale) cumulative grade point average as a group. The Calvin women’s track and field team posted a 3.594 cumulative grade point average, ranking fifth among 100 teams that were so honored. The Calvin men’s track and field team posted a 3.238. Both Calvin teams were coached by Dr. Jong-il Kim.
In addition, 18 Calvin track and field athletes have received individual all-academic accolades from the USTFCCCA. 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 and have met the NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.
Of the 13 Calvin athletes, five are from the menís team and 13 are from the womenís team. Calvin’s 13 berths on the women’s team leads all NCAA III schools followed by Wartburg and Wisconsin-LaCrosse with 12 student-athletes on the list.
Individuals from the Calvin men’s track and field team that received all-academic recognition were seniors Jed Christiansen (Greenville, PA/Greenville HS), Jared Cok (Bozemant, MT/Manhattan Christian HS), Erik VanKampen (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS), Nate DeHaan (Byron Center/South Christian HS) and junior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI/Wisconsin Lutheran HS).
At the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this past May, Christiansen was an All-American in the 10,000 meters with a fourth place finish and in the 5,000 meters with an eighth place finish. Christiansen also placed third in the 5,000 meter run at the indoor national meet. DeHaan was an All-American with a sixth place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
On the women’s side, Calvin individuals that earned the award include seniors Sarah Wittingen (East Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS), Julie Bratt (Lynden, WA/Lynden Christian HS), Kristen VanSickel (Pittsburgh, PA/Trinity Christian HS), Anne Fennema (Brookfield, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS), juniors Heather Koning (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy), Sarah Dugan (Freeland/Freeland HS), Nicole Farr (Wheaton, IL/Warrenville HS), Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Joy Leach (Charlottsville, VA/Charlottsville HS), sophomores Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ/Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) and Alison Tuuk (Grand Rapis/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Kelly Veldkamp (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS).
Six of the 13 individuals picked up All-America honors at either the NCAA III Indoor or Outdoor Track and Field Championships this year. Wittingen, Boerner and Van Sickel were members of Calvin’s All-America 4x400 meter relay team at the indoor nationals as was Koning. Koning and Farr were members of Calvin’s All-America distance medley relay team at the indoor national meet. Boerner later took second in the 400 meter hurdles at the outdoor national meet while Koster was an All-American with a fifth place finish in the 10,000 meter run.