Men’s Cross Country Teams Compete at Notre Invitational/Adrian Invitational
Friday, October 02, 2009
NOTRE DAME, IN/ADRIAN, MI Ė The 10th-ranked Calvin menís cross country team placed 10th in the 8K Gold Division of the Notre Dame Invitational with 249 points. Top-ranked North Central (Division III) took first place with 46 points, edging third-ranked (Division II) Grand Valley State by six points for the win.
Calvin was paced by sophomore Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) led the Knights with an 18th place time of 25:26. Kramer was seventh among Division III competitors in the race.
Calvinís next finisher was senior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) in 48th place with a time of 25:59 followed by junior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) in 52nd place with a time of 26:06. Senior Kyle Mast (Zeeland/Holland Christian HS) was Calvinís fourth finish, placing 68th (26:25) while senior Ben Van Wyk (Sussex, NJ/High Point HS) was 76th (26:28), sophomore Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) 77th (26:30), freshman Matt Vander Roest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) 79th (26:32), junior Jake Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/New Ipswich HS) 82nd 26:34 and senior George Visser (Winfield, IL/West Chicago HS) 92nd 26:43.
In the menís junior varsity race, freshman David Vande Bunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) was 27th (27:04) while sophomore Ben Lewis (South Haven/South Haven HS) was 32nd (27:21).
In the meantime, a split squad of Calvin runners competed at the Adrian College Short and Long Course Championships held at Lenawee Christian High School.
In the menís short course (5K) race, Calvin was second with 36 points, one point behind Adrian. Calvinís top finisher was freshman Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) with a third place time of 16:55. Also cracking the top 10 were junior Jake Baker (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids South Christian HS) in fourth (16:57), freshman Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/New Ipswich HS) in seventh (17:00) and freshman Kevin Peterson (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 10th (17:12).
In the menís long course (8K) race, Calvin did not have enough runners to post a team score but did receive a fifth place finish from freshman Gabe Gunnink (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in a time of 28:03.
Calvin returns to action next Friday when it hosts the Michigan Intercollegiates at the Gainey Athletic Complex at 4:00 p.m. The Michigan Intercollegiates will include Division I, II and III schools as well as NAIA institutions from around the state of Michigan.