Erik Van Kampen Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
Thursday, June 18, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS—Recent Calvin College graduate Erik Van Kampen has added one last honor to his collegiate distance running career. A native of Elmhurst, Illinois, Van Kampen has been named a ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. A graduate of Timothy Christian High School, Van Kampen has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team in the men’s cross country/track and field college division.
The college division of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools.
Van Kampen is one of 45 individuals that were named to either the first, second or third teams in the college division. Van Kampen is receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades for the first time in his collegiate career.
A chemical engineering major, Van Kampen carried a 3.56 grade point average at Calvin.
During his running career, Van Kampen was a three-time NCAA III All-American in cross country, finishing 17th at 2006 NCAA III Championships, 35th at the 2007 national meet and 23rd at the 2008 nationals. Van Kampen’s finish in 2006 helped Calvin win the national title.
Van Kampen was also a three-time All-MIAA and three-time Great Lakes All-Region selection in cross country. At the 2008 Great Lakes Regional meet held at Ohio Northern University, Van Kampen took second place individually, helping the Knights take first place as a team with 32 points.
A two-time All-MIAA selection in track and field, Van Kampen was the MIAA champion in the 10,000 meters in 2007 and 2009. He participated at the 2009 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing 10th in the 10,000 meters.
The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.
Calvin has now had its athletes receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades 78 times including 47 times in the last 11 years. Van Kampen is the second Calvin athlete to receive the award this year as women’s swimmer Cara Van Woerkom received the honor last week in the women’s at-large college division.
In a study released by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America last summer, Calvin was ranked eighth all-time among NCAA III institutions for total Academic All-Americans including seventh across all divisions (NCAA I, II and III) during the decade of the 2000’s.