Seventh-Ranked Calvin Men’s Cross Country Team is a Winner at Knight Invite
Saturday, September 08, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
Hosting the Knight Invitational at the Gainey Athletic Complex, the seventh-ranked Calvin men’s cross country team looked to top the list of 17 schools competing on a beautiful Saturday morning. Calvin did just that, taking first place with a team score of 30 points.
Calvin broke out of the gate strong, claiming the top five spots early hold, and holding those top five spots through the first two kilometers of the race. The Knights continued to hold the top two spots throughout the race, with seniors Nick Kramer and Dan Kerr breaking away from the pack. Juniors Job Christiansen, Matt Vander Roest, and David Vande Bunte trailed just behind for Calvin.
Also running strong early on and vying for a top ten position were senior Rhett Morici and sophomore Sam Kerk.
The packs of runners began to spread out and Kramer and Kerr began to break away. Kramer crossed the line first with a time of 24:23.3. Kerr followed closely behind, finishing in 24:28.4. Third place finisher Bobby Over of Allegheny did not come in until 24:43.8, showing the dominance of Calvin’s top two. Coming in third for Calvin was Christiansen with a time of 24:57.5, Christiansen also took the fifth overall spot. The Knights fourth runner and taking seventh overall was Vander Roest. Calvin’s fifth runner and taking the 15th spot overall was Vande Bunte in 25:32.7.
Calvin placed three more runners in the top 35 spots, with Morici taking 24th in 25:45.4, Kerk in 32nd in 25:59.2, and sophomore Steven Haagsma in 35th in 26:01.8.
“We’re developing a sense of where we need to run and what we need to do, so it was a big step today” said head coach Brian Diemer.
“There’s a few things we have to work on (as a team),” said assistant Al Hoekstra, “we have to learn to run together better. “We’re going to be good, but once we figure out how to do it as a team, then we have a shot at doing some things at a national level.”
Calvin’s team of 30 was good for first place. Grand Valley State finished in second with 109 points and Alleghany was third with 125.
The Knights now look forward to the first MIAA Jamboree of the season which will be hosted by Saint Mary’s and is schedule for Friday, September 21.