Calvin Men's Cross Country Takes Sixth at University of Washington Sundodger Invitational

Calvin Men's Cross Country Takes Sixth at University of Washington Sundodger Invitational

SEATTLE, Wash. - The 17th-ranked Calvin men's cross country team had a stellar performance at the University of Washington Sundodger Invitational Saturday morning, placing sixth with a team score of 154 points.

Trinity Western took first place team honors with a score of 72 points. Calvin was the top finishing Division III institition. The field for the 8K open race was comprised of teams from NCAA Division II and III, NAIA, as well as competitors not affiliated with any school. Saturday's 6K race was held at the Lincoln Park Cross Country Course.

Senior Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) was the top individual finisher for the Knights, placing 17th individually with a time of 24:54.  Nowicki was the second-highest finishing Division III runners.

Senior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) was 26th in 25:11. Junior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 30th in 25:19, junior Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) 37th in 25:29 and senior Nathan VanHaitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) 60th in 25:47 to round out Calvin's top five.

Sophomore Nathanael Dick (Grand Rapids, Mich./Home Schooled) was 65th in 25:50, senior Robbie Holhman (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) 71st in 25:55 and junior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./Mount Prospect HS) 72nd in 25:55.

Other finishers for Calvin included freshman Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) in 80th (26:04), sophomore Jamison Koeman (Milford, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) in 84th (26:07), freshman Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) in 106th (26:20), freshman Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) in 107th (26:21) and senior Matt Plantinga (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 124th (26:33).

Saturday's race completed a four-day stay in the Seattle area for the Calvin cross country program as the Knights trained in the nearby mountains and also had the opportunity to meet and greet Calvin alumni from the Northwest.

"Our race today was the completion of a fantastic trip for our program," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "We had several personal best times today in a very stiff field of competition. Our veterans performed very well but our younger runners also competed extremely well and gained valuable experience. Most importantly, we are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement we received from Calvin alumni this week. We were truly blessed this week."

Calvin will now prepare to compete at the MIAA Jamboree next Saturday at Alma College. The competition will count towards one-third of the final MIAA title.