Sep 10, 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 15th-ranked Calvin men's cross country team flexed its muscle - en route to claiming the championship of its own Knight Invitational with a team score of 32 points at the Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Gainey Athletic Complex.
Calvin finished 77 points clear of second place as the Knights placed six runners in the top 13 spots.
Senior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was the top collegiate finisher on Saturday, clocking in with a time of 25:08 on the 8K course as he held off a late charge from Madonna's Tony Floyd for the win.
Just 36 seconds separated Calvin's top six as senior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./John Hersey HS) was third (25:13), junior Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) seventh (25:26), senior Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) 10th (25:39) and sophomore Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) 11th (25:41) and freshman Justin Varineau (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) 13th (25:44).
Sophomore Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) was 23rd amongst collegiate runners with a time of 26:06) while junior Nathanael Dick (Grand Rapids, Mich./Home Schooled) was 34th (26:10) and sophomore Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) 41st (26:24).
"This team is very focused on running together," said Calvin cross country coach Brian Diemer. "This is the most together our men's team has been in a number of years. They have put in the work to start making some of their dreams and goals a reality. Today was a first step towards making some of those goals take place. They ran extremely well as a pack. They were patient and they made moves in the race at the right time. We are excited where this team is headed this fall."
Calvin will now break for two weeks and returns to action on September 23 when it competes at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Hope College.