Calvin Men's Cross Country Places 10th in Gold Division of Notre Dame Piane Invitational

Calvin Men's Cross Country Places 10th in Gold Division of Notre Dame Piane Invitational

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.