Calvin Men's Cross Country Places 10th in Gold Division of Notre Dame Piane Invitational
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The 15th-ranked Calvin men's cross country team took 10th in the Gold Division of the Notre Dame Piane Invitational Friday afternoon. The Knights posted a team score of 286 points on the 8K course.
Friday's race was filled with Division I and Division II schools. Calvin was the top finishing Division III institution.
Senior Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) had a standout afternoon, placing 18th individually in a time of 25:08.2. Junior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 52nd in a time of 25:43.1 to rank as Calvin's second finisher.
Junior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./Mount Prospect HS) continued to show his steady progression forward, placing 62nd in a time of 25:47.9.
Senior Nathan VanHaitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) was Calvin's fourth finisher, placing 71st in 25:55.4
Rounding out Calvin's finishers were sophomore Nathanael Dick (Grand Rapids, Mich./Home Schooled) in 83rd (26:04.1), freshman Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) in 96th (26:10.9), sophomore Jamison Koeman (Milford, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) in 129th (26:36.9), junior Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) in 137th (26:42.2) and senior Robbie Hohlman (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) in 171st (27:52.9).
"I was pleased with our overall performance, particularly with the fact that we have been dealing with a few injuries and illnesses," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "We fought through some things to put up some nice performances. Zac Nowicki in particular really had a great day. To finish in the top 20 in a race is a statement type of performance. He showed a lot of maturity with the way he ran and he was able to slug it out with some of the big dogs up front. I thought the rest of the pack did extremely well. We will regroup after this now and get ready for a big race in two weeks."
Utah Valley took first place in the race with a team score of 114 points.
Calvin is back in action on October 15 when it competes at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational.