Calvin's Michmerhuizen Wins Women's 10,000 Meters At NCAA Track & Field Championships
Nicole Michmerhuizen won the national championship in the women's
10,000-meter run Thursday at the NCAA Division III Track and Field
Championships in La Crosse, Wis.
a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), won the event in
35:45.08, more than six seconds faster than runnerup Alyssa Duncan
of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is the first MIAA women's outdoor
track and field athlete to win a national championship since
Calvin's Rachel Boerner won the 400-meter dash and 400-meter
hurdles at the 2010 NCAA championships.
Calvin had two All-American performances in the men's 10,000 meters
as Dan Kerr finished third in 29:58.90 and Matt Vander Roest placed
eighth in 30:09.49.
Friday, the MIAA had two more qualifying performances, as Trine's
Tyler Bourdo advanced to the finals in the men's 400-meter dash,
finishing ninth in the preliminaries in :48.15. Hope's Joel
Rietsema qualified eighth in the men's 800-meter run with a time of
Albion's Kristin Nelson finished 12th among 22 competitors in the
women's heptathlon with a score of 4,516 points.
preliminary competition Thursday, Calvin's Greg Whittle qualified
for the finals in the men's 1,500-meter run by finishing third with
a time of 3:51.50, just 0.75 seconds out of first place.
Hope's Sarah Venlet qualified to run in the finals of the women's
400-meter hurdles, breaking her own school record in the event by
finishing seventh in 1:01.40. Calvin's Alyssa Penning qualified
11th in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of
Women's Team Scores: 1. Ramapo, N.J. 27. T2. Illinois College 16. T2. Wis.-Whitewater 16. 4. Washington-St. Louis, Mo. 14.5. 5. Worcester Polytechnic, Mass. 14. T7. Calvin 10.
Men's Team Scores: 1. Wis.-La Crosse 27. 2. Wis.-Oshkosh 19. T3. Defiance, Ohio 18. T3. North Central, Ill. 18. 5. Wis.-Whitewater 13. T10. Calvin 7.
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Hornets' Woods Falls In Quarterfinals Of NCAA Women's Singles Tournament
Kalamazoo's Sarah Woods was defeated Friday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III women's tennis singles tournament, falling to top seed Kristin Lim of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Calif., 6-3, 6-1.
The loss for Woods was her first this season against a Division III opponent. She finished the season with a record of 21-2.
Woods, who was the Most Valuable Player in the MIAA this season and also the International Tennis Association's Division III Rookie of the Year, had advanced to the quarterfinals by winning two matches Thursday. She defeated Melita Ferjanic of Trinity, Conn., 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in her first-round match, then eliminated Jenny Liles of Sewanee, Tenn. in straight sets in the second round, 6-3, 6-2.
Hope's Tjepkema, Trine's Fuller Named To Division III Softball Academic All-America Team
Hope outfielder Laura Tjepkema and Trine pitcher Bree Fuller have been named to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America Team in softball by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Tjepkema was a first-team selection, while Fuller was named to the third team when CoSIDA announced the Academic All-America Team Tuesday.
A senior from Dorr (Grand Rapids South Christian HS), Tjepkema had a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in special education at Hope. She was named to the Academic All-America team for the second straight year, having been named to the third team last year.
A two-time All-MIAA first team selection, Tjepkema led the Flying Dutch this season in batting average (.380), hits (46), RBIs (31) and doubles (8). She finished with a career batting average of .358, finishing third in school history in RBIs with 109 and fifth in hits with 162.
Fuller, a sophomore from Hubbardston (Fulton HS), carries a 3.88 grade point average as an exercise science major at Trine.
Fuller earned All-MIAA first team honors this spring as she posted a 15-1 record with a 1.48 earned run average as the Thunder won the MIAA softball championship and the conference tournament. She struck out 136 batters in 104 innings while allowing only 65 hits as opponents hit just .174 against her. She was 6-0 in MIAA competition with 51 strikeouts in 36 innings of work.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her institution and be nominated by that school's sports information director.
With the honors bestowed upon Tjepkema and Fuller, the MIAA has now had six student-athletes named to Academic All-America teams during the 2012-13 academic year. The others are Calvin's Lizzie Kamp (first team, volleyball), Calvin's Carissa Verkaik (first team, basketball), Albion's C.J. Carroll (second team, football), and Kalamazoo's Mark Ghafari (third team, basketball). Kamp and Verkaik were each named CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America of the Year in their respective sports.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-Ameica honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in all three NCAA Divisions as well as NAIA. Click here for the complete Division III Academic All-America softball team.
Calvin Wins 2012-13 MIAA Commissioner's Cup
Final Commissioner's Cup (All-Sports) Standings: 1. Calvin 216. 2. Hope 205. 3. Adrian 157. 4. Trine 131. 5. Alma 127. 6. Albion 118. 7. Olivet 96. 8. Kalamazoo 87.
Final Men's All-Sports Standings: 1. Calvin 102. 2. Hope 93. 3, Adrian 80. 4. Trine 67. 5. Albion 60. 6. Kalamazoo 45. 7. Olivet 42. 8. Alma 36.
Final Women's All-Sports Standings: 1. Calvin 114. 2. Hope 112. 3. Alma 91. 4. Adrian 77. 5. Trine 64. 6. Saint Mary's 60. 7. Albion 58. 8. Olivet 54. 9. Kalamazoo 42.
All-MIAA Track & Field Teams Named
Men's Most Valuable Runner: Tyler Bourdo,
All-MIAA Baseball, Softball Teams Announced
First All-MIAA Lacrosse Teams Announced
All-MIAA Tennis Honors Announced
MIAA Unveils Stories From Its History: Great Moments From 125 Years
As part of its 125th anniversary celebration this academic year, the MIAA will feature stories on its website highlighting great moments, memorable games, and outstanding student-athletes and coaches.
Some of the new stories you can see now on the website include:
- Albion's Cedric Dempsey, who was a three-sport standout for the Britons in the early 1950s who went on to become one of the most influential figures in college athletics, first as an athletic director, and then as president of the NCAA from 1994 to 2003. The NCAA last fall named its office building in Indianapolis after Dempsey in recognition of his contributions to collegiate sports.
- Saint Mary's women's soccer student-athlete Kaitlin Teichman, who seeks to build bonds with other student-athletes across the MIAA together as president of the conference's SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee).
- The 1991-92 Calvin men's basketball team, which became the first team in school history to win an NCAA Division III national championship.
- Albion's Melissa Washburn, a three-sport athlete at the school who graduated in 1981, and her mother, Ruth, a 1937 Albion graduate who also competed in three sports. The Washburns are the only mother-daughter tandem enshrined in the college's athletic Hall of Fame.
- The 1989-90 Hope women's basketball team, which overcame a 20-point deficit in the championship game to become the first MIAA women's team to win an NCAA Division III team national championship.
More stories will be added throughout the 2012-13 season. Click here to read more on these stories.