Calvin Track and Field Teams Claim First Place at MIAA Jamboree Hosted by Olivet
Saturday, April 13, 2013
OLIVET – The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams took a step forward in seeking bids for MIAA titles on Saturday. Both teams took first place at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet College. The MIAA Jamboree is worth one-half of the final MIAA title with the upcoming MIAA Field Day scheduled for May 2 and 3 at Hope College making up the remaining half.
In the MIAA Jamboree on Saturday, the Calvin men recorded a first place total of 875.50 points using the “true team scoring” formula where up to 21 places receive points. Hope took second in the men’s standings with 822.5 points. Using the traditional NCAA meet scoring format (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), the Calvin men also finished in first place.
On the women’s side, Calvin recorded a first place total of 941.50 points with Hope second with 812 points. Using the traditional NCAA meet scoring format (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), the Calvin women also finished in first place.
Strong distance running proved to be a pivotal factor in the victories for both Calvin teams. In the men’s 1,500 meters, steeplechase, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, the Calvin men produced a combined point total of 220 points – more than one-fourth of Calvin’s total points. On the women’s side, Calvin scored 228 points in the same four events, also making up nearly one-fourth of the total team scoring.
In the men’s 10,000 meters, Calvin took the top three spots led by senior David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) who grabbed first place with a time of 32:04.78. In the 5,000 meters, Calvin took the top two spots led by senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) who took first in a time of 15:02.18. In the 1,500 meters, Calvin also went 1-2 with junior Sam Kerk (Hartland/Lake Country Lutheran HS) taking first in a time of 4:00.64.
In the women’s competition, junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) pulled off an impressive feat, winning the 10K (38:18.19) and 5K (17:27.23) less than eight hours apart. Senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also had a strong daily double, winning the steeplechase in her outdoor debut in a time of 11:06.45 while placing third in the 5,000 meters (18:00.13). Calvin went 1-3-4 in the 10K and 1-3-5 in the 5K with junior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) taking fifth in the 5K and second in the steeplechase. In the 1,500 meters, Calvin went 3-4-5 with freshman McKenzie Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) taking third in a time of 4:52.13.
Calvin’s field events were also a big strength on Saturday. In the men’s competition, senior Aaron Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) took first in the shot put (49-6 ¼), second in the discus (149-4) and seventh in the hammer throw (124-11). Junior Andrew Dykstra (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) was third in the javelin (151-5) while junior Ben de Wall Malefyt (Midland Park, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) was third in the discus (145-10) and Dykstra seventh (124-6).
Sophomore Gerrit VanKlaveren (Sarnia, ON/St. Clair Secondary) captured a win the triple jump (43-8 ½) and was sixth in the long jump (20-3 1/5). Freshman Jon Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) won the high jump (6-3 ½) and was seventh in the long jump (19-3 ½). Junior Evert Geerlings (Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) added a second place finish in the pole vault (13-3 ½). The iron man of the day for the Calvin men was sophomore Erik Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) who was fourth in the long jump (20-7 ¼), tied for fourth in the high jump (5-10), second in the 110 high hurdles (16.04) and also scored points in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. In the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) had a big afternoon, winning in a time of 55.51.
In the women’s competition, junior Julie Busscher (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) was stellar in the sprints, winning the 100 meters (12.84) and 200 meters (26.21). She also joined freshman Maria Steblay (Eden Prairie, MN/Eden Prairie), sophomore Rebecca VanderByl (Beaumont, CA/Beaumont HS) and junior Stephanie Bennett (Rockford, IL/Christian Life Center) for a first place time in the 4x100 meter relay, clocking in with a time of 50.41.
In the 800 meters, Calvin went 2-3-4 with junior Olivia Butler (Grant/Grant HS) taking second (2:21.50). In the 400 meter hurdles Calvin went 2-3 with sophomore Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) taking second (1:07.71).
Field events were also a source of points for the Calvin women. Junior Lauren Madden (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) led a 1-2 Calvin finish in the javelin, winning with a throw of 118-1 while also placing eighth in the hammer throw (118-4) and sixth in the discus (100-9). In the triple jump, Calvin went 2-3 with junior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) taking second (35-4). Banning was also third in the long jump (16-3 ¼). Sophomore Kelly Tuinenga (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) also scored points, taking fourth in the high jump (5-0 ¼) and third in the 400 meter hurdles (1:09.40).
“It was just a lot of fun watching both of our teams compete today,” said Calvin men’s and women’s track and field coach Bret Otte. “Both of our teams competed very hard and pulled for one another. There were so many little things that went on behind the scenes that led to season-best efforts that got us extra points, even if it was seventh or eighth place. It was just a very enjoyable day for Calvin track and field.”
Both Calvin teams will now prepare to compete at the Al Owens Classic next Friday and Saturday at Grand Valley State.