No. 6 Calvin places second, races past Division II and III competition
GRAND RAPIDS, Mi. -- No. 6 Calvin hosted the Michigan Intercollegiates at the Gainey Athletic Complex Friday afternoon.
Racing against Division II, Division III, NAIA and CC competition, the Calvin men earned a second place finish in the 8k race while Grand Valley State took first. With a few of Calvin's top runners not racing, the Knights put up a strong fight against the Division II competition.
Crossing the line first for the Knights was senior Job Christiansen, who took 6th overall in a time of 24:58.9. Coming in right behind him in 7th was senior David Vande Bunte in 25:00.4. Senior Rhett Morici was the third Calvin runner across the line in 14th place, finishing in 25:22.5.
Sophomore Steven Haagsma put in a strong race finishing 22nd, running a personal best 25:32.8, while junior Sam Kerk came in 24th with a time of 25:36.4. The Knights rounded out their top seven with sophomore Josh Ferguson in 31st at 25:47.5 and junior Philip Spitzer in 33rd at 25:54.7.
“Both of the races are set up races for next week (at UW-Oshkosh),” head coach Brian Diemer said. "We tried to run a little bit more conservative and stick with our packs a little bit longer. We wanted to move in the middle of the race, and our guys did that very well. We gave specific duties to the packs, and for the most part, we accomplished a lot of what we set out to do."