Calvin Men's Cross Country Captures 29th Consecutive MIAA Title

Calvin Men's Cross Country Captures 29th Consecutive MIAA Title

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CHARLOTTE - The Calvin men's cross country team claimed its 29th consecutive MIAA title on Saturday, cruising to a first place performance at the MIAA Championships with a team score of 20 points.

Calvin took the top three spots and claimed seven of the top 11 to finish 35 points ahead of second place Hope.

As has all year, Calvin junior Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) led the way for the Knights in cruising to a first place time of 25:13 as he claimed MIAA Most Valuable Runner honors for the second straight year.

Sophomore Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, IL/John Hersey HS) was second (25:25) and sophomore Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) third (25:25).

Calvin's top seven featured just a 38-second spread between its first and seventh finisher. Senior Ethan Anderson (Stillwater, MN) was part of Calvin's powerful pack, finishing sixth in 25:32 while senior Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) was eighth (25:43), junior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) 10th (25:47) and junior Nate VanHaitsma (Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) 11th (25:51).

Nowicki, Philipose, DeJong, Meitler and Anderson were all named to the All-MIAA first team while VanHaitsma, Kramer, senior Bret Habura (Washingtonville, NY/Washingtonville HS), senior Andrew Otte (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and senior Matt Oram (Toledo, OH/Toledo Christian HS) were all named to the All-MIAA second team.

Oram was 14th on Saturday with a time of 26:04 with Habura 17th (26:11) and Otte 18th (26:13).

"I was extremely pleased with our performance today," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer who is the winningest coaches in MIAA history with 37 league titles - 29 as men's coach and eight as women's coach. "We had great pack running and the guys really worked well together. Winning a league championship is never something that we take for granted. I think we are starting to peak at the right time."

Calvin will now prepare for the NCAA III Great Lakes Regional meet on November 14 in Terre Haute, Indiana.