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.