No. 10 Calvin Men's Cross Country Places 6th in Gold Division of Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational

No. 10 Calvin Men's Cross Country Places 6th in Gold Division of Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The 10th-ranked Calvin men's cross country team took sixth place in a field of 20 teams in the Gold Division of the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational. The Knights recorded a team score of 270 points and were the only Division III institution in the race.

Junior Jonathan Ellis (Baltimore, Md./Towson HS) was the top individual finisher for the Knights, placing 31st in a time of 25:03 on the 8K course. Senior Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) was close behind in 35th (25:09) while senior Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) was 38th (25:14).

Senior Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) was 59th in 25:25 while junior Justin Varineau (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 64th in 25:30 as the Knights featured a solid 27-second spread between their top five finishers.

Sophomore Ryan Vreeke (Lakewood, Ca./Valley Christian HS) was 81st in 25:46 with freshman Coleton Jensen (Montague, Mich./Montague HS) was 113th (26:18). Freshman William Hofmann (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Grosse Pointe North HS) was 122nd (26:30) and junior Micah Meindertsma (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia HS) 127th (26:42).

In the men's open 8K race, senior Jason Klaassen (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS) was 68th (26:32), senior Fredrick McWain (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS) 75th (26:48) and junior Charlie Kornoelje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) 83rd (27:09).

The University of Utah took first place in the team standings with 86 points.

COACHES COMMENT: "We had a solid race," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "We feel like we made some progress solidifying our fifth and sixth spots today. We also had a pretty tight spread with our top five which was good to see. Having said that, we had a little bit of gap stuff happening which we need to tighten up. Individually, I thought Coleton Jensen ran extremely well. He started a bit conservative but he moved up through the field and picked off a lot of runners over the last 3,000 meters. I see a really good future for that young man."

NEXT UP: Calvin will break until October 19 when it competes at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational which will include several Top 25 Division III schools.