Calvin Men's Cross Country 23rd at NCAA III Championships

Calvin Men's Cross Country 23rd at NCAA III Championships

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WINNECONE, Wisc. - The Calvin men's cross country team took 23rd at the NCAA III Men's Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon with a team score of 532 points. Saturday's competition was held at the Lake Breeze Golf Course with Wisconsin-Oshkosh serving as host.

Calvin was led by sophomore Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, IL/John Hersey HS) who was 76th with a time of 25:23.

Junior Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) was next for the Knights, placing 100th in a time of 25:32.

Senior Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) was 146th in 25:45 while senior Nathan VanHaitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) was 196th (26:02) and junior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) 198th (26:02).

Rounding out Calvin's top seven were sophomore Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 224th (26:13) and senior Ethan Anderson (Stillwater, MN/Stillwater Area HS) 241st (26:22).

"It was a challenging race," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "We had some good performances but we left some things out there. A couple of our guys were running a little low on gas today and that's just a fact that at this point of the year, you need to have a cood base of strength to carry you through the national meet. All said, we had a very good year. We have had some building moments this season and I think this team can continue to improve moving forward."

Wisconsin Eau-Claire took the men's team national championship with 135 points. Ian LaMere of UW-Platteville took home the individual national title with a time of 23:35.