Cross Country Teams Prepare for NCAA III Championships
Monday, November 15, 2010
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed back to the NCAA III Championships. The Calvin men’s team will be making its 26th appearance at the NCAA III Championships which ranks fourth on the all-time NCAA III men’s cross country list.
Under current head coach Brian Diemer, the men’s cross country team has posted 18 top-four national team finishes including national championship performances in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
The Knights will head into the national meet ranked fourth in the final Division III Top 25 regular season poll released by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association of America on Monday. Defending national champion North Central remains the top-ranked team in the country followed by Haverford (PA), Geneseo State (NY) and Calvin.
On the women’s side, Calvin will be making its 21st appearance at the NCAA III Championships which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III women’s cross country list. The Calvin women’s cross country program has posted 15 top-10 national team finishes including four straight under current head coach Brian Diemer.
Calvin also has two national titles to its credit, winning the crown in 1998 and 1999 under head coach Nancy Meyer.
The Knights will head into the national meet ranked sixth in the final Division III Top 25 regular season poll released by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association of America on Monday, up one spot from their previous ranking. Middlebury is the top-ranked team in the poll with a unanimous eight first place votes. Middlebury is followed by St. Lawrence, Williams, Johns Hopkins and defending national champion Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The NCAA III Championships will be held in Waverly, Iowa, with Wartburg College serving as host. The official NCAA III Championships site can be found online at: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/c-xc/champpage/c-xc-div3-index-2010.html. Wartburg also has a championships page on facebook at:http://www.facebook.com/pages/2010-National-Cross-Country-Championships/161517617208958” title=“Championships Facebook Page”>Championships Facebook Page
Both Calvin teams received automatic bids to the NCAA III Championships by winning their respective Great Lakes Regional meets this past Saturday. The Calvin men won their 15th consecutive Great Lakes Regional title with a team score of 51 points while the Calvin women won their third straight regional title with a team score of 69 points.
Calvin photographers Dave DeKorne and Dale Bos were on hand last Saturday to document the performances of both Calvin cross country teams.
CALVIN MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TOP 10 TEAM NATIONAL FINISHES
CALVIN WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TOP 10 TEAM NATIONALS FINISHES