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Rachel Boerner Is Double National Titlist At NCAA III Track and Field Championships

Saturday, May 29, 2010

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BEREA, OH—Calvin College junior Rachel Boerner became the first athlete in MIAA track and field history to capture two individual national titles on the same day, winning the 400 meter dash and the 400 meter hurdles Saturday afternoon at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College.

Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ/Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) cruised to victories in both events, winning the 400 meters in a time of 54.50 and the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 59.80. Boerner’s double national title effort helped the Calvin women’s track and field team finish fifth in the final team standings with 35 points, just one point out of fourth and two points out of third place.

Rachel Boerner 400 Meters Video Interview

Rachel Boerner 400 Meter Hurdles Video Interview

Rachel Boerner wins two national titles from Calvin College on Vimeo

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Kramer and Smit Claim All-America Berths in Steeplechase at NCAA III Championships

Friday, May 28, 2010

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BEREA, OH—The steeplechase tradition at Calvin College continues. 

On Friday night at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College, Calvin crowned an All-American in the men’s steeplechase and the women’s steeplechase as sophomore Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) was fourth (9:04.28) in the men’s race and senior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA/Bellevue Christian HS) fifth (10:43.79) in the women’s race.Kramer is the ninth individual in Calvin men’s track and field history to earn All-America plaudits in the steeplechase while Smit joins Sarah Hastings (2005) as one of two steeplechase All-Americans in Calvin women’s track and field history.

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

Liz Smit Audio Interview

Nick Kramer Audio Interview

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Melissa Oosterhouse Defeated in First Round of NCAA III Singles Tournament

Friday, May 28, 2010

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NCAA III Singles/Doubles Tournament Results

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - The NCAA III Singles Tournament run for Calvin College junior Melissa Oosterhouse came to an end in the first round Friday morning as she was defeated by Lorne McManigle 6-4, 6-2. McManigle entered the tournament as the defending NCAA III singles champion, having won the individual crown at the 2009 NCAA III Singles Tournament. Oosterhouse was making her first appearance in the NCAA III Singles Tournament but despite the fact, battled gamely against a staunch opponent.

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Melissa Oosterhouse Named NCAA III Women’s Tennis Elite 88 Award Recipient

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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FREDRICKSBURG, VA - The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced Calvin College junior Melissa Oosterhouse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) is the recipient of the Elite 88 for Division III women’s tennis.

Oosterhouse is the first individual to receive the award and the second MIAA athlete to be so honored. Kellen Beckwith of Olivet College received the award in men’s swimming and diving this past March.

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Matt DeVlieger Named Recipient of Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Calvin College junior Matt DeVlieger has received one of the highest honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. DeVlieger has been named the 2010 recipient of the ITA Division III Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. The award which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JuCo men’s and women’s players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

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Jessica Koster Claims All-America Honors in 10,000 Meters at NCAA III Track and Field Championships

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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BEREA, OH—Calvin College senior Jessica Koster capped off her standout distance running career at Calvin with an All-America finish in the 10,000 meters Thursday night at Baldwin-Wallace College, placing sixth with a time of 36:28.33. The All-America berth is the second of Koster’s track and field career and the third of her distance racing career at Calvin. Koster was fifth in the 10,000 meters at the 2009 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She also owns an All-America berth in cross country, placing 34th at the 2009 NCAA III Cross Country Championships, ironically hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College this past November.

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Melissa Oosterhouse to Face Lorne McManigle of Emory University in NCAA III Singles Tournament

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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NCAA III Women's Tennis Singles Draw

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - The NCAA III Singles Tournament draw was announced late Thursday afternoon and Calvin junior Melissa Oosterhouse will be presented with a stiff challenge in round one. Oosterhouse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) will face Lorne McManigle of Emory University in a first round match Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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Calvin Track & Field Athletes Gather at NCAA III Championships Banquet Wednesday Night

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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The members of the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field program competing at the NCAA III Championships this weekend at Baldwin-Wallace College gathered for a pre-race banquet Wednesday night. At the banquet, Calvin distance coach Al Hoekstra was presented with the Division III Great Lakes Regional Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor is with the team at the national meet and caught up with several members of the Calvin coaching staff for pre-nationals interviews:

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Bret Otte Audio Interview

Norm Zylstra Audio Interview

Championships Banquet Photo Gallery

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Al Hoekstra Named Great Lakes Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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USTFCCA Regional Award Winners Announcement

For the first time in his career, Calvin College distance coach Al Hoekstra has been named the Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year inw omen’s track and field. A 26-year distance coach at Calvin, Hoekstra is being honored by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association.

This spring, Hoekstra has helped coach five distance athletes that are entered in the NCAA III Championships in the distance evnets, a championship high. His distance runners swept the top four positions at the MIAA Championships in the women’s steeplechase and the top three in the 10,000 meters.

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Melissa Oosterhouse Named ITA Division III Central Region Player to Watch

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Calvin College junior Melissa Oosterhouse has added yet another award to her growing mantle of awards. On Monday, Oosterhouse was named the Division III Central Region Player to Watch by the International Tennis Association. The award is open to players who are second or third year players participating in NCAA Division III singles or doubles.

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