Calvin Track and Field Teams Compete at GVSU Tuneup Invite
Saturday, February 22, 2014
ALLENDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Grand Valley State Tuneup Invitational on Friday. Both teams had a number of strong performances.
Sophomore Eric Jipping led the charge with a career-best throw of 51-8 1/4 in the shot put that was good for fourth place, surpassing his previous mark by more than a foot. The throw begins to put Jipping into consideration for the national list in the event.
Junior Erik Holstege also had a big day,taking sixth in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.67 while also tossing a big throw of 41-8 in the shot put. Holstege will attempt to put his multi-events to work again next Friday and Saturday when he competes in the heptathlon inside Calvin’s Huizenga Tennis and Track Center at the Calvin Championships.
Other notables included freshman Andrew Woznick turning in a time of 1:57.96 in the 800 meters, senior David Vande Bunte clocking a career-best time of 4:17.86 in the mile run and junior Josh Ferguson taking fifth (8:35.91) and senior Gabe Gunnink taking sixth (8:38.64) in the 3,000 meter run.
On the women’s side, senior Julie Busscher had a strong showing in the 200 meters, taking sixth in a season-best time of 26.04 while junior Kelley Tuinenga had a season-best time of 1:00.88 in the 400 meters.
In the 3,000 meters, junior Kate Ardinger was fifth (10:35.64) while junior Kimby Penning was sixth (10:37.19). In the 5,000 meters, junior Sarah Danner had a big night, winning with a time of 18:02.98 while senior Alyssa Oram had a strong third place time of 18:31.65.
Senior Hilary Banning was fourth in the triple jump (34-3) while freshman Bethany Van Eck was fifth in the long jump (15-5 1/2) and eighth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.82).
Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the Calvin Championships next Friday and Saturday at the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.