Calvin XC Teams Host Michigan Intercollegiates
Friday, October 09, 2009
KENTWOOD—The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted the Michigan Intercollegiates on Friday at the Gainey Athletic Complex. As always, the competition included from around the state of Michigan including NCAA I, II and III schools as well as NAIA and community college institutions.
In the women’s (5K) race, Grand Valley State, ranked second in the latest NCAA Division II poll churned through the mud and rain to an impressive first place team score of 16 points as the Lakers took five of the top six spots led by Megan Maceratini who took first place with a time of 17:58, five seconds ahead of teammate Katherine McCarty.
Ranked number-one in the most recent Division III National poll, Calvin took second with 47 points, led by senior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who placed fifth with a time of 18:13. Calvin placed five runners in the top 13 with just a 25-second spread between its first and fifth finisher. Senior Liz Smit (Kirkland, WA/Bellevue Christian HS) was Calvin’s second finisher, placing eighth (18:28) with senior Jesi Hale (Rehoboth, NM/Gallup HS) close behind in ninth (18:28). Senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN/Century HS) also had a strong race, placing 12th (18:38) with sophomore Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) right beside her in 13th (18:38). Rounding out Calvin’s top seven were senior Sarah Dugan (Freeland/Freeland HS) in 21st (18:50) and junior Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) in 23rd (18:51).
Hillsdale was third with 130 points followed by Western Michigan University in fourth (135 points) and Michigan State in fifth (139 points).
In the women’s open race, Kylen Cieslak of Northwood took first place with a time of 18:30.
In the men’s (8K) race, the University of Michigan cruised to a first place score of 32 points, placing 23 points ahead of fourth-ranked (Division II) Grand Valley State University. Eastern Michigan was third (66 points) while seventh-ranked (NAIA) Aquinas was fourth (167 points) and 15th-ranked (Division III) Calvin fifth (178 points).
The University of Michigan placed four runners in the top 10 led by Peter Christmas who won the race with a time of 25:08. Grand Valley also had two runners in the top 10 led by Tyler Emmorey in second place (25:09).
Calvin’s top runner was sophomore Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) in 22nd (26:02) followed by senior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) in 37th (26:21), senior Ben Van Wyk (Sussex, NJ/High Point HS) in 40th (26:29), junior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) in 46th (26:38), sophomore Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) in 48th (26:37), freshman Matt Vander Roest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) in 50th (26:40) and senior Kyle Mast (Zeeland/Holland Christian HS) in 53rd (26:43).
In the men’s open race, former Calvin cross country standout Jed Christiansen took first place with a time of 25:57.
POST RACE QUOTES:
CALVIN HEAD COACH BRIAN DIEMER
On hosting the Michigan Intercollegiates: “It was an awesome opportunity to host the Michigan Intercollegiates. To bring in teams from around the state was really exciting for our program. The weather conditions were not ideal but as a cross country runner, it makes it fun. Maybe I’m a little nuts but I always enjoyed running through the mud and the rain.”
On the performance of the Calvin men’s cross country team: “We took a big step forward from last week. We did not have our best performance at the Notre Dame Invitational but today we ran hard and we ran well. I thought we showed heart and determination. In the last mile, I thought our guys dug down and found a little extra.”
On the performance of the Calvin women’s cross country team: “We had an awesome race today. I am really encouraged by what I saw. We’ve had a few runners banged up with injuries but today they came back and ran strong. We missed Jesi Hale last week but she came back in a big way this afternoon and Lauren Bergstrom made a huge step forward. Sarah Dugan also had a huge race today. It was her first race of the year because of injuries but she was tremendous. I am proud of every one of our runners today. I thought our team ran with heart and it ran with determination. We are setting ourselves up nicely for the last half of the season.”
CALVIN ASSISTANT CROSS COUNTRY COACH AL HOEKSTRA
On the performance of the Calvin men’s cross country team: “We ran well today. Our team needed a confidence booster and today our guys got a good cup of confidence. We have work to do but I liked what I saw from our guys.”
On the performance of the Calvin women’s cross country team: “This was definitely our best performance of the season. Today we ran like the (Division III) number-one team in the nation which is very exciting. I also want to tip my cap to Grand Valley State’s team. They are awesome and I would not be surprised to see them win a (Division II) national title this fall.”