Calvin Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Teams Take First Place at Trine Invitational
Sunday, February 24, 2013
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams both posted first place performances at the Trine Invitational Saturday. On the men’s side, Calvin recorded 172.5 points with Trine taking second with 112 points. On the women’s side, Calvin recorded 172 points with Hope taking second with 112 points.
Highlights for the Calvin men included:
*Senior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) win the mile run (4:18.45) with junior Sam Kerk (Hartland, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) taking second (4:21.98) and senior Kevin Peterson (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) taking fifth (4:24.46).
*Junior Gabe Gunnink (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) winning the 3,000 meters (8:51.22) while sophomore Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) taking third (8:55.90), sophomore Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) taking fourth (8:57.98) and senior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) taking fifth (9:03.09).
*Senior Dan Kerr (Pestoskey/Petoskey HS) winning the 5,000 meters (14:37.76) with senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) taking second (15:10.63), junior Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) taking third (15:21.54) and senior David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) taking fourth (15:27.53).
*Sophomore Erik Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) taking second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.73) and third in the long jump (21-8).
*Junior Evert Geerlings (Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) taking second in the pole vault (13-5 1/4).
*Freshman Gerrit van Klaveren (Sarnia, ON) winning the triple jumpe (42-10 1/4).
*Senior Aaron Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) taking second in the shot put (52-1 1/4).
*Calvin’s distance medley relay team of sophomore Stephen Tubergen (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hersey HS), sophomore Stephen Norregaard (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North HS), freshman Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) and sophomore Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Nequa Valley HS) taking first place in a time of 10:33.55.
On the women’s side, Calvin had several big performances. Some of the notables included:
*Junior Julie Busscher (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) winning the 60 meter dash (8.02).
*Sophomore Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) taking second in the mile run (5:10.02).
*Senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) winning the 3,000 meters (10:29.27).
*Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) winning the 5,000 meters (17:09.59) with junior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) placing third (18:44.33).
*Sophomore Kelley Tuinenga (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) taking second in the high jump (4-11 3/4).
*Sophomore Christian Geating (Abington, PA/Abington HS) winning the pole vault with a career-best mark of 11-1.
*Junior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) taking second in the triple jump (34-4 1/4).
*Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of freshman McKenzie Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS), junior Olivia Butler (Grant/Grant HS), Busscher and junior Stephanie Bennett (Rockford, IL/Christian Life Center) winning in a time of 4:07.37 while Calvin’s distance medley relay team of senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS), junior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) and senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) took first place in a season-best time of 12:02.58. That time should put the Calvin distance medley relay team high on the national qualifying list.