Calvin Track and Field Teams Build First Place Totals Through Day One of MIAA Field Day
Thursday, May 03, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin men grabbed a trio of wins in the field events Thursday afternoon.
Taking Calvin’s first top finish was junior Aaron Meckes in the shot put, throwing a season best of 54’ 7 1/2”.
The Knights also claimed first place in pole vault as sophomore Evert Geerlings won with a vault of 13’ 10 3/4”.
In the javelin throw, senior Justin Kremers beat out the competition by nearly sixteen feet as Kremers posted a throw of 56.47 meters.
In the final event of the night and the only mens running event of the evening, Calvin took the top four spots in the men’s 10,000 meters. Senior Dan Kerr took first with a time of 32:40.12, just beating out junior Job Christiansen who finished in a time of 32:40.20. Junior David VandeBunte came in third in a time of 33:16.36 while freshman Jacob Kuyvenhoven rounded out the top four with a time of 33:39.73.
“On the men’s side we had a few nice surprises in the shot and the javelin,” said Head Coach Brett Otte. “I think we’re doing really well. We’ll see how (tomorrow) goes.”
On the women’s side, Calvin took first in the high jump as junior Carissa Verkaik won with a jump of 1.62 meters.
In the long jump, sophomore Hilary Banning took second place for the Knights with a jump of 5.20 meters.
In the only women’s running event of the night, Calvin sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen took first place in the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:52.37.
“We had a good day one for both men and women. We did really well in the women’s prelims – women’s throws we had really good improvements, women’s long jump and high jump went really well today,” said Otte. “Things are going really well.”
While the field events and the 10,000 meters ran today, the remainder of the track events will take place tomorrow, with the first events resuming at 10 a.m. On the men’s side, Calvin holds first place with 70 points while Hope is in second at 39. For the women, Calvin has a ten point advantage as they totaled 57 points on the day, with Alma in second at 47.