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Men’s Cross Country Rolls To First Place Score of 17 Points at MIAA Jamboree

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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(photo taken by Albion sports information director Bobby Lee)

OLIVET - The seventh-ranked Calvin men’s cross country team finished just two points shy of a perfect score in rolling to a first place performance at at an MIAA jamboree hosted by Olivet Saturday morning at the Olivet Golf Course. Calvin posted a first place team score of 17 points, finishing 51 points ahead of Albion and Hope which finished tied for second place with 68 points apiece.

Calvin took the top four spots led by junior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) who took first place in a time of 26:05. He was followed closely by teammate Ben VanWyk (Sussex, NJ/High Point HS) in a second place time of 26:08. Senior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) was third (26:10) and junior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) fourth in 26:12. Completing Calvin’s top five was senior Jake Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/New Ipswich HS) in seventh (26:28). Rounding out Calvin’s top finishers were sophomore David Vande Bunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) in 11th (26:47), sophomore Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) in 12th (26:51) and sophomore Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/New Ipswich HS) in 13th (26:54.

“I thought we accomplished what we set out to do today and that was to win the race,” said Diemer. “Our top group ran well, particularly Dan Kerr who took a big step forward today. Jake Christiansen also filled a big gap and showed a lot of senior leadership.”

Assistant coach Al Hoekstra cited the performance of Kerr as a key factor in Calvin’s win. “I thought Dan Kerr was terrific today,” said Hoekstra. “He fell back early in the race but fought his back up among the leaders. He showed a lot of mental toughness and didn’t back down. I’m really proud of the way he ran.”

The MIAA jamboree is worth one-third of the final MIAA title with the remaining two-thirds coming at the MIAA Championships. Calvin will host the MIAA Championships on October 30 at the Gainey Athletic Complex.

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