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Kerr, Whittle and Michmerhuizen Named Capital One Academic All-Americans in X-Country/Track

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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2012 Division III Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field Teams

Three members of the Calvin menís and womenís cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-America honors. Senior Dan Kerr and junior Greg Whittle have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team on the menís side while sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the Capital One All-America third team on the womenís side.

All three individuals are receiving Capital One Academic All-America honors for the first time.

Calvin has now had seven athletes receive Capital One Academic All-America honors during the 2011-12 academic year.

Other individuals from Calvin to be named Capital One Academic All-America honors this year include Miles Colago (men’s soccer), Lizzie Kamp (volleyball), Rebecca Kamp (volleyball) and Carissa Verkaik (women’s basketball).

Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades 96 times including 65 times in the last 15 years.  Calvin currently ranks eighth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for Academic All-Americans.

A native of Petoskey and a graduate of Petoskey High School, Kerr is an exercise science major with the intention of pursing a career in physical therapy. He carries a 3.75 grade point average and has been a regular member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and the Calvin Deanís List.

Last week at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, he claimed All-America honors in the 10,000 meters with a fifth place finish. It marked the second All-America berth of the academic year for Kerr as he claimed an All-America plaque ast the 2011 NCAA III Cross Country Championships, placing 21st individually. During the cross country season, Kerr was named the MIAAís Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-MIAA team for the third straight year.

At the MIAA Track and Field Championships earlier this month, Kerr repeated as league champion in the 10,000 meters and landed a spot on the All-MIAA track and field team for the second straight year. At the Hillsdale Gina Relays in late April, Kerr recorded a career-best time of 29:42.36 in the 10,000 meters which ranks among the top three 10K times in Calvin history.

Whittle meanwhile is from Galesburg, Illinois. He is a graduate of Galesburg High School. A civial and environmental engineering major, Whittle carries a 3.72 grade point average. He has also been a regular member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and Calvin Deanís List.

Whittle is a two-time NCAA III track and field All-American, placing second in the mile run at the 2011 NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships and fourth in the 1,500 meters at the 2011 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  Whittle also qualified in the mile run for the 2012 Indoor Track and Field Championships this past March as well as the 1,500 meters at the 2012 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. Last Saturday, Whittle reached the finals of the 1,500 meters, placing fourth. In 2011, Whittle was the MIAA champion in the 1,500 meters and earned a spot on the All-MIAA team.

He has also made a mark on the cross country course, earning All-MIAA and Great Lakes All-Region honors this past fall, finishing sixth at the MIAA Championships and eighth at the Great Lakes Regional Championships.

On the womenís side, Michermhuizen hails from Holland and is a graduate of Holland Christian High School. She holds a double-major of chemical engineering and biochemistry while maintaining a grade point average of 3.98.

Michmerhuizen is coming off a stellar track and field season that saw her capture an MIAA title in the 10,000 meters and an MIAA runner-up berth in the 5,000 meters. For her efforts, she was named to the All-MIAA track and field team. In addition, she qualified for the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, placing 19th in the 5K and 20th in the 10K.

During the cross country season, she placed 20th at the MIAA Championships and 38th at the Great Lakes Regional meet while also running in Calvinís top seven at the NCAA III Championships.

Calvin’s All-Time Academic All-American List

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