Calvin Distance Runners Close Out Competition at NCAA III Championships

Calvin Distance Runners Close Out Competition at NCAA III Championships

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WAVERLY, Ia. - Calvin College senior McKenzie Diemer concluded her collegiate track and field career on Saturday with a 13th place finish in the steeplechase at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Wartburg College.

Diemer clocked in with a time of 11:15.28. Diemer was making her second consecutive appearance at the national meet.

Diemer was one of two runners to compete for the Calvin women's track and field team on Saturday as junior Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, Mn./St. Croix Preparatory HS) took 14th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:23.79. Strohbehn placed third in the 10,000 meters on Thursday for the first All-America berth of her distance running career.

"I'm just proud of both of our runners today," said Calvin co-distance coach Al Hoekstra. "I think the heat played a factor as McKenzie and Lauren both had hard races Thursday. They gave it everything they had today."

"McKenzie and Lauren did everything they could in their races," said Calvin co-distance coach Brian Diemer. "They just didn't have that extra gear left to push higher. I'm proud of them both. McKenzie continued to overcome challenges and was inspiring with her will and determination. Lauren was inspiring with the way she continued to improve and her ability to move to new heights. She ran a very gutsy 5,000 meters and was in the hunt for another All-America finish. She just didn't have quite enough left in her legs."

Calvin finished tied for 44th in the final team standings with six points.