Sunday, March 02, 2014
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Calvin Collegiate Indoor Track and Field Championships and both Calvin teams took first place. The Calvin men’s team took first place in a field of nine teams with 180 points while the Calvin women’s team took first place in a field of eight teams with a team score of 203.5 points. In the men’s competition, Calvin took first place in five events and took second in four more in finishing nearly 80 points ahead of Trine University which garnered 104.5 points. On the women’s side, Calvin took first place in five events and placed second or third in several other events to pile up a first place total of 203.5 points, finishing nearly 90 points ahead of second place Hope. A group of Calvin athletes will now compete at last-chance meets next weekend with the intentions of attempting to qualify for the upcoming NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships March 15 and 16 at Nebraska Wesleyan.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
The multi-events of the Calvin College Indoor Track and Field Championships began on Friday inside the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. In the women’s five-event pentathlon, freshman Bethany Van Eck took first place with a point total of 2,969 points. She had a time of 9.77 in the 60 meter hurdles followed by a high jump of 5-1 1/4 and a shot put of 27-5 1/2. In the long jump, she went 16-1 3/4 and then clocked a time of 2:40.87 in the 800 meters.Junior Kelley Tuinenga was fourth with 2,643 points while Maria Steblay was fifth (2,348) and Haley Stadnikia sixth (1,582). In the men’s heptathlon, junior Erik Holstege has a first-day total of 2,764 points. He clocked a time of 7.43 in the 60 meter dash, had a season-best jump of 22-3 3/4 in the long jump, heaved the shot put 40-10 1/4 and then went 5-10 3/4 in the high jump. He has three events remaining on Saturday - the 60 meter hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000 meter dash as he hopes to improve his final point total in a bid for the upcoming NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. The rest of the competition will also take place on Saturday.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
ALLENDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Grand Valley State Tuneup Invitational on Friday. Both teams had a number of strong performances. Sophomore Eric Jipping led the charge with a career-best throw of 51-8 1/4 in the shot put that was good for fourth place, surpassing his previous mark by more than a foot. The throw begins to put Jipping into consideration for the national list in the event. Junior Erik Holstege also had a big day,taking sixth in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.67 while also tossing a big throw of 41-8 in the shot put. Holstege will attempt to put his multi-events to work again next Friday and Saturday when he competes in the heptathlon inside Calvin’s Huizenga Tennis and Track Center at the Calvin Championships. Other notables included freshman Andrew Woznick turning in a time of 1:57.96 in the 800 meters, senior David Vande Bunte clocking a career-best time of 4:17.86 in the mile run and junior Josh Ferguson taking fifth (8:35.91) and senior Gabe Gunnink taking sixth (8:38.64) in the 3,000 meter run. On the women’s side, senior Julie Busscher had a strong showing in the 200 meters, taking sixth in a season-best time of 26.04 while junior Kelley Tuinenga had a season-best time of 1:00.88 in the 400 meters. In the 3,000 meters, junior Kate Ardinger was fifth (10:35.64) while junior Kimby Penning was sixth (10:37.19). In the 5,000 meters, junior Sarah Danner had a big night, winning with a time of 18:02.98 while senior Alyssa Oram had a strong third place time of 18:31.65. Senior Hilary Banning was fourth in the triple jump (34-3) while freshman Bethany Van Eck was fifth in the long jump (15-5 1/2) and eighth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.82). Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the Calvin Championships next Friday and Saturday at the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Jacob Kuyvenhoven
Athletic siblings are something that can bolster a sports team to the point of an unfair advantage. There are sport-defining examples like Venus and Serena Williams, and smaller examples on seemingly every high school track and soccer team in existence. Calvin College is no different, as the performances of junior Erik Holstege and freshman Eli Holstege have been instrumental in Calvin’s success so far this winter sports season on the track and swimming teams. Both individuals have played a key role in their success of their teams as Erik is pushing to qualify for the upcoming NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the heptathlon while Eli was a key point scorer on Calvin’s MIAA championship men’s swimming and diving team.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Calvin Relays on Saturday inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center while competing on the Sturrus Track. The Calvin women’s team took first place with a team score of 190 points with Hope taking second with 15 points, Aquinas third with 129 and Alma fourth with 93. The Calvin men’s team took second with 151 points as Aquinas won with 155 points. Hope was third (103), Spring Arbor fourth (66) and Alma fifth (61).
Sunday, February 09, 2014
HILLSDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field team put together two strong days of competition at the Hillsdale “Wide-Track” Classic on Friday and Saturday. Junior Erik Holstege led the charge on the men’s side by posting a two-day point total of 4, 672 points. The total will put Holstege in contention for a spot in the event for the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships next month. Holstege had the top shot put performance on the heptathlon competitors with a throw of 41-11 1/2 while also recording marks of 21-2 3/4 in the long jump and 5-11 1/2 in the high jump. He also ran 7.30 in the 60 meter dash, was eighth in the 1,000 meter run (3:03.46), second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.52) and 11th in the pole vault (10-8). In the men’s 3,000 meter invitational only race, senior David Vande Bunte took second with an impressive time of 8:33.54. In the open 3,000 meters, junior Steven Haagsma took second (8:47.79) while junior Josh Ferguson was third (8:49.02). In addition, sophomore Jeff Meitler won the men’s open one-mile run with a time of 4:25.30. Sophomore McKenzie Diemer won the women’s open 3,000 meters with a time of 10:33.59 while junior Sarah Danner was second (10:34.54). Freshman Cassie Vince took fifth in the invite only 3,000 meters in a time of 10:01.69. In the women’s open mile run, freshman Kristen Brink took third in a time of 5:47.83. Senior Hilary Banning also took third with an impressive leap of 35-11 in the triple jump.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
ALLENDALE - The Calvin men’s indoor track and field team scored 30 points and finished in seventh place in a field of 20 teams at the Mike Lints Open hosted by Grand Valley State University Friday. The Knights were strong in the 5,000 meters as freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) won the race in a stellar time of 15:24.13. Nowicki was part of four Calvin runners that scored in the race as sophomore Ethan Anderson (Stillwater, MN/Stillwater Area HS) was third (15:26.86), junior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) fourth (15:34.65) and junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Nequa Valley HS) fifth (15:38.95). Also he did not score in the event, senior David Vande Bunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) had a big race in the 3,000 meters, placing ninth with a time of 8:35.55. Junior Erik Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) came up with a sixth place time in the 60 meter hurdles (8.59) and then took ninth in the long jump (21-5 1/2). Sophomore Eric Jipping (Canton/Plymouth Christian HS) showed signs of good things to come by placing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 48-10. Calvin will travel to Kankakee, Illinois, next weekend to compete at the NAIA/DIII Challenge hosted by Olivet Nazarene University.
Friday, January 17, 2014
By Gina de Haan
Behind every good team there is a great leader. For the Calvin College Knights, one of those leaders is the head of their student cheering section. Senior Ben de Waal Malefyt directs Knight Nation with his booming voice and contagious energy. He also serves as a leader within the Calvin track and field program where he competes as a thrower on the men’s team. The journey from New Jersey has been an interesting one for de Waal Malefyt but it has also been well worth it.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their indoor campaigns on Friday night inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center in dual meets against Aquinas. Aquinas defeated Calvin in both competitions, defeating Calvin 94-44 on the men’s side and 72-56 on the women’s side. Both teams will now prepare to compete at the Grand Valley State Mike Lints Open next Friday.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council. He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.