Calvin Men’s and Women’s Track And Field Teams Clinch MIAA Titles
Friday, May 06, 2011
OLIVET - The MIAA championship streaks are still very much alive for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams. Both Calvin teams took first place at the MIAA Field Day on Friday at Olivet College and in doing so, claimed MIAA crowns. On the men’s side, Calvin took first place with 212 points, finishing 64 points ahead of second place Hope. The MIAA Field Day title gives the Calvin men a share of the final league title with Hope as the Flying Dutchmen took first at the MIAA Jamboree last month. The MIAA Field Day is worth one-half of the final league crown with the MIAA Jamboree making up the remaining half. The Calvin men have now won at least a share of the last 18 MIAA track and field titles and have won every MIAA Field Day competition since 1987. On the women’s side, Calvin wrapped up its 20th consecutive outright MIAA title including its 22nd overall by posting a first place score of 284 points at the MIAA Field Day, 66.5 points ahead of second place Hope. The championship streak by the Calvin women’s team is the longest championship streak in MIAA women’s athletics history.
Calvin used depth in its distance ranks and a number of solid performances in the Friday field events to pull away to the victory at the 120th MIAA Field Day. In the 800, 1,500, 3,000 meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters, Calvin scored a combined 97 points Friday afternoon.
In the steeplechase, Calvin swept the top four spots with junior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) repeating as league champion in the event with an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 9:08.98. Senior Ben Van Wyk (Sussex, NJ/High Point HS) was second in 9:36.21 followed by sophomore Matt Vander Roest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) in third (9:38.23) and senior Jake Baker (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in fourth (9:54.84). Kramer later captured the 5,000 meter title with a time of 15:13.01. He was part of a 1-2-3-5 Calvin finish with Vander Roest second (15:17.68), senior Rhett Morici (St. Charles, IL/St. Charles North HS) third (15:18.63) and sophomore Greg Whittle (Galeburg, IL/Galesburg Hs) fifth (15:29.74).
Whittle had a big day as he led a 1-3-6-8 Calvin finish in the 1,500 meters, winning the race with a time of 4:01.50 while senior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) third (4:01.69), senior Ben Dykema sixth (Oak Brook, IL/Timothy Christian HS) sixth (4:05.98) and freshman Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake County Lutheran HS) eighth (4:06.78).
In the 800 meters, junior Carson Sterchi (Crystal Lake, IL/Crystal Lake Central HS) led a 1-5-6-8 Calvin finish with Sterchi repeating as league champion with a time of 1:56.25 while Dykema was fifth (2:00.63), junior Josh Stuive (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) sixth (2:01.46) and Wrobel eighth (2:08.90).
In the Friday field events, sophomore Aaron Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) came up with a clutch performance in the discus, taking second with a throw of 147-7. Freshman Matt Christians (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) also had a clutch effort, taking second in the high jump with a leap of 6-7 1/2, just missing a late attempt at 6-8 3/4 that would have been good for an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark.
In the triple jump, sophomore Kyle Jasperse (Escondido, CA/Escondido Calvin Christian HS) was second (43-10 1/2) and sophomore Russell Kamps (Gallup, NM/Rehoboth Christian HS) third (43-3 3/4).
Other notable performances for the Calvin men on Friday included freshman Ryan Huffman (Maumee, OH/Kenston HS) placing fourth in the 400 meters (50.45) and freshman Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) taking second in the 400 meter hurdles with a career-best time of 55.48.
MIAA FIELD DAY MEN’S FINAL SCORES
MIAA MEN’S TRACK FINAL STANDINGS
Like the men, the Calvin women used distance strength and field event power to pull forward for the first place triumph at the MIAA Field Day at Olivet College. Calvin claimed individual titles Friday afternoon in the steeplechase, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters while also winning titles in the shot put and triple jump.
Junior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had a monster afternoon, winning the steeplechase in an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 10:52.61 while senior Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) was second (10:56.60) and freshman Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan, MI) fourth (11:30.24). Braymer then took home the 5,000 meter title, winning with a time of 18:34.08 while Hoekstra was second (18:34.17), freshman Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) sixth (18:59.20) and junior Christine Hartley (Pewaukee, IL/Lake Country HS) eighth (19:13.89).
In the 1,500 meters, junior Kaitlin Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) claimed a league title with a first place time of 4:40.89. She was also third in the 800 meters (2:20.52) while freshman Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) was fourth (2:21.25).
In the field events, senior Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN/Cambridge-Isanti HS) won the shot put for the third straight year, winning with a MIAA and Calvin record heave of 47-2 1/2. Her throw shattered the previous MIAA record of 46-1 set by Lisa Nanninga in 2005 and also broke the Calvin record of 46-11 1/2 - also set by Nanninga in 2005. Reasoner led a Junior Kelly Peterson (Ramsey, MN/Anoka HS) also picked up a field event title for Calvin, winning the triple jump with a jump of 35-11 1/4. She was part of a 1-3-6 Calvin finish as freshman Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) was third (35-4) and junior Laura Sybesma (Ceritos, CA/Valley Christian HS) sixth (32-9 1/2). Also coming up with strong performances in the field events for Calvin on Friday were senior Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) taking third in the hammer (133-0) and senior Kim Wigboldy (Chandler, AZ/Valley Christian HS) taking second in the javelin (120-4).
Back on the track, senior Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ/Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) repeated as league champion in the 400 meters, winning with a time of 57.24. Freshman Julie Busscher (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had a strong day in the sprints, winning the 200 meters (26.55) while placing second in the 100 meters with a season-best time of 12.66. Junior Lindsey VanderBrug (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) added a third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles (15.93) while junior Jordan Gabrielse (Allendale/Unity Christian HS) was second in the 400 meter hurdles (1:07.04).
MIAA WOMEN’S FIELD DAY FINAL SCORES
FINAL MIAA WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD STANDINGS