Cassie Vince Named Great Lakes Regional XC Athlete of the Year - Diemer Regional Coach of Year
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year as named by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
A native of Amherst, Ohio, Vince ran away with the individual title at the Great Lakes Regional meet last Saturday, finishing her home 6K course at Calvin more than 14 seconds faster than the nearest runner. Her time of 21:27.82 was well clear of runner-up Emma Lehmann of Oberlin, leading the Knights to the team title. The win was her third of the season, including a title at the MIAA Championships. Vince is the first Calvin women’s cross country runner to win a regional title since Jessie Lair in 2003 and she is the sixth individual in Calvin women’s cross country history to do so.
Meanwhile Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
Now in his eighth year at the helm of the Calvin women’s cross country program, Diemer is receiving the award for the fifth time in the last six years. This past Saturday, Diemer guided his team to a decisive team title at the Great Lakes Regional Championships over Oberlin and Hope, 54-104-105. Freshman Cassie Vince paced the Knights to the title with the individual win, while three others raced to top-15 finishes. Two weeks prior, Diemerís Knights also claimed the MIAA Championships title.
Ranked third nationally, the Calvin women’s cross country team will head into the NCAA III Championships final on Saturday at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.