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Christiansen named to Division III All-America team

Mascenic graduate Job Christiansen recently earned All-America distinction at the NCAA Division III Cross-Country Championships on Saturday.

Christiansen, who is a senior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., finished 35th in 25 minutes and 5.6 seconds for the 8K course at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. The top 35 runners automatically receive All-America honors.

It was the final cross-country race in Christiansen’s career at Calvin and capped off an impressive senior campaign. As a team, Calvin finished in a tie for second overall in Division III, only trailing defending champion North Central College (Ill.) by 21 points.

Christiansen ran in eight races this fall and finished in the top eight in all but two. He was sixth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 10 and the week prior, Christiansen finished in a virtual tie for second with a Calvin teammate at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships, posting a time of 24:49.

In the second week of the season, Christiansen earned his only runner-up finish of the season at the MIAA Jamboree and was named the MIAA Week 2 Runner of the Week.

Christiansen was also selected for the MIAA First-Team for cross-country, the second time he earned the conference honor in four years at Calvin.

But the former Viking is no stranger to success. He had a dominating career while running at Mascenic before making the transition to college.

As a freshman, Christiansen won the Class M-S Boys Cross-Country Championship by 12 seconds and went on to place 12th at Meet of Champions and 22nd overall at the New England High School Cross-Country Championships. The next season, Christiansen was third in Class M-S, trailing only teammate John Little and his older brother Jake. Christiansen went on to finish in the top 20 at the state meet and place 54th at New Englands.

He was runner-up in the Class M-S race as a junior, but did not run at Meet of Champions.

And as a senior, Christiansen once again finished second overall in Class M-S which began an impressive postseason run. He was fifth overall in the state and then placed 11th in New England, finishing third overall from New Hampshire.

By the time Christiansen was 13 years old, he held 11 national records.

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