Calvin Men's Cross Country Captures 30th Consecutive MIAA Title

Calvin Men's Cross Country Captures 30th Consecutive MIAA Title

CONCORD, Mich. - The Calvin men's cross country team captured its 30th consecutive MIAA title on Saturday, taking first place at the MIAA Championships on Saturday with a team score of 27 points. Saturday's competition was hosted by Albion at the Whiffletree Golf Course.

Calvin placed five runners in the top 10 including seven in the top 17 to claim the win. Host Albion took second with 53 points while Trine and Hope tied for third with 106 points.

Senior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) led the Calvin charge with a first place time of 25:38 while junior teammate Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./Mount Prospect HS) was right behind in second with a time of 25:39.

Sophomore Jamison Koeman (Milford, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) led Calvin's next wave taking seventh (26:13) while sophomore Nathanael Dick (Grand Rapids, Mich./Home Schooled) was eighth (26:15) and senior Nathan VanHaitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) ninth (26:18).

Senior Zach Nowicki (Comstock Park, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) was 11th (26:26) and freshman Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) 12th (26:32) to round out Calvin's top seven.

Calvin's championship streak stretching over 30 years is the second-longest active championship streak in MIAA athletics history.

Kramer was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner, becoming the 23rd different runner in Calvin men's cross country history to receive the award.

Kramer was named to the All-MIAA first team and was joined on the first team from Calvin by Philipose, Koeman, Nowicki and Dick. Nowicki was named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth consecutive year.

VanHaitsma, Johnson and junior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) were all named to the All-MIAA second team.

"You can never take winning an MIAA championship for granted," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer who has been at the helm of the Calvin men's cross country program for all 30 of the program's league titles during its current run. "We had some good performances today and we did what we needed to do. We have some fine tuning that we need to do in order to prepare for the regional meet in two weeks."

Calvin will compete at the Great Lakes Regional meet on November 12 at the West Ottawa Golf Course in West Olive, Michigan.