Calvin 9th, Hope 23rd at Women's Cross Country Nationals; Knights' Vince Finishes 3rd ; Calvin Men 21st
Calvin posted its second consecutive top-10 national
finish, placing ninth at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross
Country Championships at Kings Island, Ohio with a team score of
280 points. Hope placed 23rd with a team score of 591.
Three other MIAA runners finished among the top 100 runners. Calvin's Lauren Strohbehn was 51st in 22:45.8, Alma's Kaitlyn Arnold was 68th in 22:57.9 and Calvin's Kimby Penning 99th in 23:13.8.
Calvin placed 21st in the men's national championship race, with MIAA Most Valuable Runner Zac Nowicki being the only runner to crack the men's top 100 with a 90th-place finish.
Saturday, November 22 - NCAA Division III National Cross
Country Meet at Wilmington, Ohio
Top MIAA Runners: 3. Cassie Vince, Calvin, 21:30.2. 51. Lauren Strohbehn, Calvin, 22:45.8. 68. Kaitlyn Arnold, Alma, 22:57.9. 99. Kimby Penning, Calvin, 23:13.8. 101. Sarah Danner, Calvin, 23:15.4.
Men's Team Scores: 1. North Central, Ill. 130. 2. St. Olaf, Minn. 143. 3. Wis.-La Crosse 188. T4. Washington-St. Louis. Mo. 192. 4. Colby, Me. 192. 21. Calvin 522.
Top MIAA Runners: 90. Zac Nowicki, Calvin, 25:16.7. 120. Ben Zank, Hope, 25:29.0. 138. Nathan VanHaitsma, Calvin, 25:34.4. 141. Josh Ferguson, Calvin, 25:35.2. 144. Steven Haagsma, Calvin, 25:35.5.
Adrian Falls To Mount Union in NCAA Playoffs
Saturday, November 22 - NCAA First Round Playoff
Calvin's Vegter, Kalamazoo's Mailing Named To Academic All-America Soccer Teams
Two MIAA student-athletes - Calvin's Travis Vegter and Kalamazoo's Lucy Mailing - have been named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America soccer teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Vegter, who was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in men's soccer this fall, was named to the men's Academic All-America second team, while Mailing was a second team Academic All-America women's selection.
Vegter (pictured left), a senior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), led the MIAA in scoring this season with 19 goals and 44 points in conference play. He carries a 3.41 grade point average as a biology major. He was a first-team Academic All-America selection last season.
Mailing (pictured right), a junior from West Bloomfield (Birmingham Groves HS), was a first team All-MIAA goalkeeper for the Hornets this season, playing every minute of every game and posting a 0.74 goals against average in conference play. A biology major at Kalamazoo, she holds a 3.95 grade point average.
In order to be selected as Academic All-America, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. He or she must also be a starter or key reserve on the team.
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Calvin's Michmerhuizen Named To NCAA Today's Top Ten List
Recent Calvin graduate and former NCAA track and field national champion Nicole Michmherhuizen has been named a recipient of the Today's Top 10 Award by the NCAA.
Michmerhuizen, who was the 2014 recipient of the MIAA's Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award as the conference's most outstanding senior female scholar-athlete, is one of 10 former student-athletes who will be honored at the NCAA Convention in January in Washington, D.C. for their extraordinary accomplishments athletically, in the classroom and in the community.
A five-time Division III All-American in track and field
and cross country, Michmerhuizen won the Division III individual
national championship 10,000 meter run in
2013. The former team captain led her team to
four MIAA championships in track and field and three MIAA titles in
Michmerhuizen is currently a graduate student at the
University of Michigan pursuing her master's and Ph.D.
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Calvin's Kamp Named Division III Player of the Year, Leads Seven MIAA All-America Selections
MIAA Most Valuable Player Maggie Kamp of Calvin was named Thursday the NCAA Division III Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Kamp, a junior from Palos Heights, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), is the fourth consecutive Calvin player to receive the AVCA national award. She headlines a list of seven MIAA student-athletes - all of whom will be playing in this weekend's NCAA Division III national championships - that have received All-America honors, including two first-team selections and the national Freshman of the Year.
Past NCAA Division III Players of the Year from Calvin have included Kamp's older sisters, Rebecca (2011) and Lizzie (2012). Megan Rietema, now an assistant coach for the Knights, was last year's national Player of the Year.
Calvin setter Jenna Lodewyk (top row, second from left) was named the Division III Freshman of the Year on Wednesday when the All-America team was announced. Meanwhile, Kamp and Hope senior Jenna Grasmeyer were named to the AVCA Division first team in the balloting conducted by a selection committee of coaches from around the country.
Grasmeyer (top row, center) is being honored on the first team for the third time, while Kamp (top row, left) is on the first team for the second time.
Calvin sophomore Laura Danhoff (top row, second from right) and
Hope junior Lauren Hazekamp
Calvin's Emily Crowe (second row, left) and Hope's Amy VanderStoep (second row, right) were honorable mention All-American selections.
The national Division III Player of the Year announcement came at a banquet in Newport News, Va., where MIAA co-champions Calvin and Hope will be competing for the national championship starting Friday.
Hope's Kessel Named NCAA Volleyball Elite 89 Recipient
The MIAA received another honor in volleyball Thursday as Hope libero Jayne Kessel was named recipient of the NCAA Division III Elite 89 Award for the second consecutive year.
Kessel, a junior from Byron Center (Grand Rapids South Christian HS), has the highest grade point average among the student-athletes competing at this weekend's Division III national championships in Newport News, Va. with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She is a chemistry and Spanish double major and wants to go to dental school upon graduation from Hope.
Kessel is the second MIAA student-athlete to receive the Elite 88/89 Award twice. Olivet's Kellen Beckwith was a two-time recipient in men's swimming and diving in 2010-11.
The Elite 89 is presented to
the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point
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2014 All-MIAA Football Team Announced; Trine's Masiewicz, Olivet's Armstrong MVPs
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced its 2014 All-MIAA football team.
Trine quarterback Taylor Masiewicz (pictured left), who led the MIAA in total offense with 288 yards per game passing and rushing in conference play, has been named Offensive Most Valuable Player in the vote conducted by the conference’s coaches.
Olivet defensive lineman Ryan Armstrong (pictured center), who led the MIAA in tackles for loss with 16.5 and tied for first in sacks with 8.5 against conference opponents, was named Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Alma offensive lineman Blake Padget (pictured right) was named the recipient of the Pete Schmidt Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award, presented in honor of the late Albion football coach who led the Britons to an MIAA record-tying nine championships from 1983-96 and an NCAA Division III national championship in 1994.
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