Nick Kramer Leads Knight Pack in XC Team Win at MIAA Jamboree
Saturday, September 26, 2009
HOLLAND – Strong pack running, a career-best race by a hometown runner and powerful performances by Calvin’s No. 1 runners highlighted a day where the Calvin men’s cross country team claimed first place at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Hope at the Ridge Point Community Church course.
Ranked seventh nationally, the Calvin men’s cross country team took first place with a team score of 21 points, finishing 56 points ahead of second place Hope.
The men’s race provided high drama as sophomore Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) was locked in a fight for first place with Trine senior Darin King but surged with under a mile to go after powering up a steep hill and broke free for the win with a time of 25:03, 25 seconds ahead of King’s second place finish.
“What a great performance by Nick Kramer,” said Diemer. “He was the real deal today. This is the first time he has been in a big race for first place and he responded like a seasoned veteran. I’m very proud of the way he responded to the challenge.”
Diemer was also proud of the rest of his team as the Knights placed eight runners in the top 10 and five in the top seven.
Senior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) served as Calvin’s second man, placing third with a time of 25:32 while senior Kyle Mast (Holland Christian HS), running hear his hometown of Zeeland cranked out a career-best performance with a fourth place time of 25:35.
Closed behind were senior Ben Van Wyk (Sussex, NJ/High Point HS) in sixth (25:38), sophomore Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) in seventh (25:38), sophomore Matt Vander Roest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) in eighth (25:42), junior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hill, MN/Mounds View HS) in ninth (25:42) and junior Jake Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/New Ipswich HS) in 10th (25:46).
“We had wonderful pack running and so many guys just stepped up in a big way,” said Diemer. “Kyle Mast was a hometown hero. He ran the race of his life and guys like Aaron Goodman and Dan Kerr weren’t far behind in the way they stepped up. Today this team ran with heart and it ran with purpose. I am extremely proud of everyone of our guys.”
Calvin will now break until next Friday when it competes at the Notre Dame Invitational.