Calvin comes up big in several athletic events


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Four Calvin teams came up with big performances last weekend to improve their records.

Women’s Cross Country

When the top three Calvin runners finished 1-2-3, the prospect of winning the Knight Invite was promising; they didn’t stop there — the last two scoring runners for the Knights finished 8th and 13th. Scoring runners for the Knights were Cassie Vince, Lauren Strohbehn, Sarah Danner, Kimby Penning and Paige McGahan. The Knights finished with 27 points, while the second place team finished with 109. Vince finished with a time of 17:50.0 which was 20 seconds ahead of Strohbehn.

Men’s Soccer

Senior forward Travis Vegter scored a hat trick and added two assists on the side as men’s soccer had their scoring boots on in a 7-1 rout of Cleary College. After a 1-1 scoreline at the half, the offense scored six goals and managed to tally nine assists by the end of the game.  Vegter added two more goals as Calvin defeated Alma 4-0.  They improved their record to 4-2 on the season.

Men’s Cross Country

Defending the home course, the men were also able to snatch a victory, finishing with 55 points, 25 points ahead of second place St. Francis of the NAIA. Sophomore Zac Nowicki took second place with a time of 25:28.0. Finishing in the top ten as well were junior Andre Otte and senior Steven Haagsma, who finished ninth and tenth respectively. Junior Jeff Meitler and freshman Andrew Philipose were the last two Knights who scored.

Men’s Golf

With a second place finish in the latest MIAA Jamboree at Adrian, the Knights moved into sole possession of second place in the standings. Senior James VanNoord shot a 73 that was good for third place overall, while first-years John VanNoord and Ben VanScoyk followed up with a 74 each. In the overall standings, Calvin leads Trine by two strokes and trails Hope by 10 strokes.