Palisade graduate Greta Van Calcar headed to Oregon State

Greta Van Calcar rounds a corner last year in the 1,600-meter run at the state meet. The Palisade graduate had a great freshman season for Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta and will transfer to Oregon State to run beginning next year.

After an impressive freshman season, Greta Van Calcar is headed to a Division I program.

The Palisade High School graduate will run for Oregon State next season.

Oregon State track and cross country coach Kelly Sullivan made the announcement Monday.

Van Calcar will transfer to the Beavers from Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta where she excelled. She earned NAIA All-American honors in cross country last fall with a 12th-pace finish at the national championships in Elsa, Illinois. She ran 17 minutes, 34 seconds over a hilly 5K course and was the lone freshman in the top 30.

Van Calcar was also selected the Appalachian Athletic Conference freshman of the year in cross country, and placed second in the voting for AAC runner of the year. She also earned indoor track & field NAIA All-American honors by placing seventh in the 5K in 17:31.95 at nationals.

“I’m ecstatic,” Van Calcar said in a news release. “Meeting Kelly and the team on my recruiting trip was so awesome. I’m so excited to be carrying on my mom and dad’s legacy and keeping the family tradition going.”

Both her parents are OSU graduates. Her dad, Karl, was the 1988 NCAA steeplechase champion and a five-time All-American for the Beavers.

“I was very happy with my freshman year,” even though the training conditions at an urban campus were not ideal because the team did a lot of training on pavement, Greta Van Calcar said. “There wasn’t a lot of competition within the team. I’m not anywhere near where I want to be, but I had a good season,”

She did not run outdoor track this spring, so she will have four years of eligibility in outdoor track, and three years of eligibility in cross country and indoor track.

Van Calcar said her father did not try to influence her to transfer to Oregon State.

“He didn’t want to say anything to sway my decision,” she said. “But after I told him I was going to Oregon State, he was pretty excited. He said he’s glad to be able to say ‘Go Beavs!’ again.”

As a senior at Palisade, she placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run (11:08.20) and seventh in the 1,600 (5:15.15) at the Class 4A state track and field meet.

Her high school personal records were 5:11.82 in the 1,600, and 10:48.88 in the 3,200, which came in her freshman year when she finished second at state.


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