Michmerhuizen Named Division III National Women’s Runner of the Week by USTFCCCA
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
For the first time in her collegiate career, Calvin College junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been named the Division III National Runner of the Week by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
Michmerhuizen (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) ran one of Division IIIís all-time best 10,000 meter races at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays, powering to a 34:09.96 ó the seventh-fastest time in division history. Her torrid pace propelled her to victory by more than 10 seconds over a field with mixed DI, DII and DIII talent and to the 2013 division lead by nearly a full minute.
Most remarkable is the fact that her 16:55 second half of the race would have stood alone as the fifth-best performance at 5000 meters in DIII this season, never mind the fact that she ran another 5000 meters before that point.
Her time broke a 26-year-old Gina Relays record of 34:41.61 set in 1987 by Eastern Michiganís Julie Watson; and it crushed the previous Calvin school record of 35:44..36 set in 2007 by Christina Overbeck by more than a minute and a half. Hers is the fastest DIII 10,000 meters race since Toni Wiszowaty of Plattsburgh State ran 33:57.48 at the Penn Relays in 2008.