Calvin Men's Cross Country Captures 27th Great Lakes Regional Title

Calvin Men's Cross Country Captures 27th Great Lakes Regional Title

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. - The Calvin men's cross country team captured its 20th Great Lakes Regional title in the last 23 years on Saturday afternoon.

The Knights posted a first place team score of 56 points at the Great Lakes Regional meet, finishing 38 points ahead of Otterbein.

In winning the Great Lakes Regional crown, the Knights punch their ticket to the NCAA III Championships next week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Calvin will be making its 26th straight appearance at the national meet including its 34th appearance overall. Calvin has now won 27 Great Lakes men's cross country regional title in program history.

Ranked third nationally, Calvin placed five runners in the top 19 and seven in the top 35 to power its way to the regional crown.

Junior Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) continued his late-season surge by finishing third on the 8K course with a time of 25:08.

Junior Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) was ninth (25:18) and sophomore Jonathan Ellis (Baltimore, Md./Towson HS) 11th (25:21). Junior Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) was close behind in 14th (25:26) while senior Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) was 19th (25:47).

Sophomore Justin Varineau (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 24th in 25:54 and junior Jacob Pettinga (Saugatuck, Mich./Saugatuck HS) 35th (26:01).

By finishing in the top 35, all seven Calvin runners earned Great Lakes All-Region honors.

Ohio Northern's Ian McVey was the individual winner with a first place time of 24:52.

"We won the regional title. That was our goal and it had to happen," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "Addison Smith showed a lot of guts by running up front with Ian McVey, showing he can be a top 20-25 runner in the nation. Our pack splintered up a little bit more than what we would have liked so we have some things to work on for next week. At the same time, to have all seven of our runners finish in the top 35 to earn all-region is a great accomplishment. We are looking forward to getting ready for another week and another big race."


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