Calvin Women’s Cross Country Captures Knight Invite Title
Saturday, September 14, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin College hosted the Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Gainey Athletic Complex. With the top seven runners all finishing in the top 20, the women’s cross country team was able to blow away the competition, finishing with a team score of 40 while second place University of St. Francis totaled 101 points.
The Knights were led by freshman Cassie Vince, who also paced the pack. Vince ran a 17:40.2 5k, beating out the second overall finisher from Kenyon by 13 seconds. Senior Nicole Michmerhuizen was next to come in for Calvin, taking fourth overall in 18:08.2.
Strong pack running was also key to the Knights success. Calvin placed five more runners in the next 15 spots. Senior Alyssa Oram came in seventh overall in 18:18.3. Junior Rebekah Folkema came in as Calvin’s fourth runner in 13th overall in a time of 18:31.9, while junior Kimby Penning’s time of 18:34.4 was good for 15th overall.
Junior Sarah Danner was 17th overall in 18:37.4 while senior Lizzy Vannette was 19th overall in 18:45.8. Junior Kate Ardinger was just behind Vannette, finishing in 18:45.9.
“It is very nice to have the youngster, Cassie Vince, join us. She is a special runner – she has a lot of talent but she also shows a lot of maturity,” said head coach Brian Diemer. “Nicole, a month ago, she wasn’t able to run, so she has taken a very big step back. We just have to make sure that she takes the steps (back) slow enough that she doesn’t overdo. The pack of women led by Alyssa Oram is really strong.”
Added assistant coach Al Hoekstra: “I think the women’s team, they’re in for a very, very good, solid year. How good that is, well, we’re going to see. I think we can be a contender before the season is over.”
Rounding out the top five team scores were Case Western Reserve University with 134, Kenyon College with 136, and DePauw University with 167.
The Knights now look forward to the MIAA Jamboree on September 28. The race is to be run at Adrian College.