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Reasoner not ready to throw it in
By Lynn Bolt Rosendale

Heading into the final weeks of the track season, Sarah Reasoner felt like she had something reserved for her last few performances. An MIAA- and Calvin-record throw of 47-2½ in shot put at the conference meet was one of the outcomes of that stockpiled energy. Reasoner’s recordsetting toss earned her top honors in the event.

She coupled that with a throw of 143-9 in the discus, good for first place in that event as well. It was the senior’s second MIAA title in the discus and third in the shot put.

Reasoner then went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA III National Championships, claiming sixth place in the shot put and seventh in the discus. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to match her recordsetting throw in the shot put at nationals. Her top throw at the national event in shot put was 45-5 ¼; in the discus she topped out at 143-7. She completes her Calvin career as a six-time All-American.

The Cambridge, Minn., native came to Calvin looking for a place where she could “make an impact on the community.”

“I knew Calvin was a great Christian school with a top liberal arts program and a great track program,” said. “I just wanted to be a part of it.”

Reasoner had had some “minor successes” in high school, she said, “but this was definitely the right place for me to be. I blindly trusted what they told me to do in both events,” she said. “Calvin’s environment teaches a good athlete what they need to do to be successful. Calvin has coaches that are well-versed in their art.”

By her second track season, Reasoner already claimed MIAA titles in both events and earned All-American honors in the shot put with an eighth-place finish.

The addition of the indoor track season at Calvin two years ago helped Reasoner improve because of the access to facilities year round. She finished second nationally each of the last two years in the shot put.

When she wasn’t throwing the shot or discus, she perhaps could be found throwing clay. As a studio art major with a ceramics emphasis, Reasoner spent time behind a potter’s wheel. “I really enjoyed my art homework,” she said. “It’s so completely different than track.”

It took Reasoner a while to find the right fit in a major for herself: “I changed majors five times,” she said. She started in exercise science and after exploring options in vocal music production, art education and media production, ended up in studio art.

“I feel like that’s the point of a liberal arts education,” she said, “I think I’m a better, more well-rounded person because of it.”

For now though, Reasoner finds herself as more of a major in throwing. She hopes to continue to train and volunteer coach with the chance of competing at the USA National Championships in the near future.

After some additional training Reasoner believes she will be able to take this next step after what she has learned at Calvin.

“I’m not remotely close to the same person that I was when I came here,” she said. “Calvin in general has changed me, and a lot of that is because of track and field. I learned what it’s like to be a teammate; I feel like I really know what that means. It’s a whole sense of community. I’ve also learned tons about myself and how to better myself. All of these positive things wouldn’t have happened without the track team.”

Reasoner continued: “Calvin is for student athletes that want to excel at track because Calvin has the tools, the coaches, the facilities and the right lessons that can be given to students that make a top caliber athlete.”