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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Runners Receive All-Academic Honors From USTFCCCA

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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USTFCCCA Division III Women's Cross Country All-Academic Honors

The United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association has named its 2010 All-Academic receipients in women’s cross country and six members of the Calvin women’s cross country team have been so honored. In order to receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, individuals 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. Individuals from Calvin that received the honor include seniors Gretchen Braymer, Samantha Westveer and Alison Tuuk, junior Kaitlin Diemer, sophomore Alyssa Penning and freshman Alyssa Oram.

Along with Luther College of Iowa, Calvin was one of only two schools to have six individuals receive the USTFCCCA All-Academic award.

At the Great Lakes Regional meet this past November, Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) finished 10th individually while Westveer (Kentwood, MI/East Kentwood HS) was 24th, Tuuk (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian HS) 27th, Diemer (Caledonia, MI/South Christian HS) 22nd, Penning (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian HS) ninth and Oram (Cheboygan, MI/Home Schooled) 35th. By finishing in the top 35 at the regional meet, all six Calvin runners earned spots on the Great Lakes All-Region team.

At the Great Lakes Regional meet, Calvin took first place with a team score of 69 points. At the NCAA III Championships the following week, Calvin took ninth place with a team score of 354 points.The Knights were led by head coach Brian Diemer.

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