Men’s Cross Country Takes Third at Knight Invite
Saturday, September 14, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
After graduating a very strong senior class last year, the Calvin men’s cross country team was faced with some questions heading into the 2013 season. Hosting the Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Gainey Athletic Complex, the Knights were able to answer a few of those questions as the team saw three freshman finish in the top seven. Calvin finished third overall with a team score of 142. Top NAIA schools University of St. Francis and nearby Aquinas College finished first and second with scores of 42 and 74, respectively.
Freshman Zac Nowicki was the first across the line for Calvin, taking fourth overall in 25:15.3.
Calvin then saw a gap of runners before a pack of Knights crossed the finish line. Junior Josh Ferguson was the second Knight to finish, taking 32nd overall in 25:57.8. Junior Jacob Kuyvenhoven and senior Phil Spitzer took 34th and 35th overall, finishing in 25:58.3 and 25:59.1, respectively.
Senior Sam Kerk was the fifth runner for Calvin, finishing in 26:02.9 for 37th overall. On his heels was freshman Jonathan Schaap, who took 38th overall in 26:03.1. Rounding out Calvin’s top seven was freshman Nathan VanHaitsma who ran a 26:09.4, good for 41st.
“The guys went out too hard,” said assistant coach Al Hoekstra. “We have talent, and I think we’re going to have a good year. We’re very, very young, and I see some very good things happening – we just got a little excited today.”
“We’re a young team and our seniors have had a little bit of a challenge with some injuries,” said head coach Brian Diemer. “When we come together, along with our young pack of freshmen, the future looks really bright.”
Manchester University took fourth overall with 147 points while Case Western Reserve University took fifth with 169 points.
The Knights now have two weeks before their next meet, when they will travel to Adrian College for the MIAA Jamboree on September 28.