Calvin Men's Cross Country Takes 21st at NCAA III Championships

Calvin Men's Cross Country Takes 21st at NCAA III Championships

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KINGS ISLAND, OH - After a disappointing performance at the Great Lakes Regional meet last week, the Calvin men's cross country team regrouped to finish 21st at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships Saturday morning with a team score of 522 points.

At the Great Lakes Regional meet, Calvin placed fourth but on Saturday, the Knights were second-highest finishing team from the region, trailing only Wabash which placed 16th.

Sophomore Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) was Calvin's top individual, placing 90th with a time of 25:16. Sophomore Nathan VanHaitsma (Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) was 138th (25:34) and senior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) 141st (25:35).

Senior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) was right behind in 144th (25:35).

Rounding out Calvin's finishers were freshman Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, IL/John Hersey HS) in 188th (25:49), junior Jonathan Gingrich (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty HS) in 206th (25:59) and freshman Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) in 221st (26:05).

North Central won the team title, edging St. Olaf for first place with a team score of 130 points with St. Olaf second with 143 points. Grant Wintheiser of St. Olaf was the individual winner in a time of 23:44.

"Zac lost a couple of spots because of that fall but it could have been worse," said Diemer. "I give him credit for hanging tough. Overall this team really turned the ship around today. We went with three new runners in our lineup and we had a solid performance. Our goal for next year is to get back into the top 10 but in order to do that, we had to take a positive step forward today and we accomplished that goal."