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Boerner repeats as indoor track champ
By Jeff Febus

Women's Track and Field | Men's Track and Field

This season, Calvin hosted its first-ever indoor invitational inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center on the Sturrus Track. The Calvin Invitational also included teams from Alma, Aquinas and Hope. Both Calvin teams took first place with the Calvin men placing first with 183 points, 40 points ahead of Hope while the Calvin women’s team edged Hope for first place with 155 points, a half-point ahead of Hope.

In late February, both Calvin teams competed at the MIAA Indoor Invitational hosted by Trine University. Both Calvin teams captured first place with the Calvin men placing first 188.15 points, just more than 50 points ahead of runner-up Adrian, while the Calvin women’s team had a first-place score of 226.16 points with Hope second with 121.83 points.

Calvin then sent four individuals on to the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Representing the Calvin men’s team were junior Nick Kramer (Dyer, Ind.) in the 5,000 meters and sophomore Greg Whittle (Galesburg, Ill.) in the mile run.

Representing the Calvin women’s team were senior Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, N.J.) in the 400 meters and senior Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, Minn.) in the shot put.

At the national meet, Calvin produced a powerful punch as Boerner repeated as national champion in the 400 meters, winning with a time of 55.75. The win marked the fourth individual national title of Boerner’s track and field career as she also owns national titles in outdoor track and field in both the 400 meters and 400-meter hurdles. Reasoner also grabbed a national runner-up berth in the women’s shot put for the second straight year, doing so with a career-best throw of 48-4 1/2.

On the men’s side, Whittle earned national runner-up honors in the mile run with a second-place time of 4:15.06, collecting the first All-America berth of his Calvin career.

Kramer meanwhile nabbed fourth place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:29.59. Kramer is now a threetime track and field All-American.

The quartet of All-American finishes helped both Calvin teams finish high in the final team standings as the women’s team finished eighth with 18 points for its highest-ever national team finish indoors while the men’s team tied for 12th place with 13 points—also marking its highest-ever national team finish indoors