Monday, March 10, 2014
For the second consecutive year, Nicole Michmerhuizen will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. A senior out of Holland Christian High School, Michmerhuizen will compete in the women’s 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs. The 3,000 meter competition is a new event at this year’s national championship meet. A year ago, Michmerhuizen took second in the 5,000 meters at the national indoor meet at North Central College. She is seeded seventh in the 3,000 meters (9:45.67) and fifth in the 5,000 meters (17:01.38). The 5,000 meters will take place on Friday evening at 5:50 p.m. (central time) while the 3,000 meters are scheduled to take place at 4:40 p.m. (central time) on Saturday afternoon. The meet will take place place in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Wesleyan University will serve as the host of the meet. The meet will actually take place at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
A small group of track and field athletes competed at last-chance indoor qualifying meets Friday and Saturday in Wisconsin. On Friday, sophomore Eric Jipping (Canton/Plymouth Christian HS) highlighted the day by unleashing a career-best throw of 53-11 in the shot put at a meet hosted by Carthage College. The throw puts Jipping 17th on the NCAA III indoor nationa list and may put him just outside qualifying for next week’s indoor national meet. The throw was a career-best by nearly a foot-and-a-half however. On Saturday, senior David Vande Bunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) closed out his collegiate career with a fifth place time of 15:02.22 in the 5,000 meters at a meet hosted by UW-Stevens Point. Senior Philip Spitzer (Buckley HS) was 10th in 15:39.98. In the women’s, 5,000 meters, junior Paige McGahan (Brighton/Brighton HS) turned in a career-best time of 18:16.55 while junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS) had a time of 18:21.14.
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.
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 women’s indoor track and field team had a solid day of performances at the Mike Lints Open hosted by Grand Valley State on Friday. Competing in a field of 18 teams, Calvin took seventh with 25 points. Grand Valley won the meet with 127.5 points. The highlight of the meet for the Calvin came came in the 5,000 meter run as senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) won the race in a time of 17:06.60 that will put her near the top of the NCAA III indoor performance list in the event thus far. She was part of four Calvin runners that scored in the race as junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was third (18:33.53), junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glenn, NY/Dickerson HS) fourth (18:34.04) and junior Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) seventh (19:29.95). Also scoring points for Calvin were senior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) in the triple jump with a seventh place finish (34-4 3/4). 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.2 3 > Last »