Calvin Track and Field Athletes Compete at Last-Chance Indoor Meets
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.
At the North Central College pentathlon competition today in Naperville, Illinois, two members of the Calvin women’s track and field team fared well as freshman Bethany Van Eck and junior Kelley Tuinenga competed.
Van Eck posted a career-best score of 3,110 points which places her 31st on the NCAA III indoor list in the event.
Van Eck opened the event by running 9.48 in the 60 meter hurdles and followed with a jump of 5-1 in the high jump and a throw of 28-3 in the shot put. She then went 16-4 1/2 in the long jump and ran 2:35.51 in the 800 meters.
Tuinenga ran 10.42 in the 60 meter hurdles, jumped 5-0 in the high jump, threw the shot 27-6 1/4 in the shot, went 14-1 1/4 in the long jjmp and 2:29.85 in the 800 meters.