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Calvin Track and Field Teams Have Solid Performances at Al Owens Classic

Saturday, April 20, 2013

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ALLENDALE - Forced to move inside because of cold, icy conditions, the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams still put together a solid day of performances at the Al Owens Invitational hosted by Grand Valley State on Saturday inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.

In the women’s competition, junior Julie Busscher (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had a stellar day, finishing third in the 60 meter dash (8.02) and second in the 200 meters (25.88). In the 800 meters, junior Rachel Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Collegiate Institute) and junior Olivia Butler (Grant/Grant HS) tied for third in a time of 2:16.41 while sophomore Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took fifth in 2:16.66. In the 1,500 meters, senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) was fifth (4:43.96).

In the 3,000 meters, senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was fourth (10:23.82) and sophomore McKenzie Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) fifth (10:29.88). In the 300 meter hurdles, sophomore Kelley Tuinenga (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) was third (47.38).

Field events were also a strength for the Calvin women’s team as junior Lauren Madden (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) took first in the javelin (111-5). Junior Hilary Banning (Whitsinville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) took second in the triple jump (35-10 1/2) and added a seventh place finish in the long jump (16-11 1/2). In the pole vault, sophomore Christina Geating (Abington, PA/Abington HS) had a season-best in vaulting 10-10 1/4. In the shot put, freshman Natalie Kmet (Paw Paw/Paw Paw HS) was fourth (36-11 1/2).

On the men’s side, sophomore Erik Holstege (Kewsic, VA/Monticello HS) had himself a day, winning the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.53. Sophomore Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) also sparkled, taking third in 39.35).

In the 800 meters, senior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) returned from injury to take third in 1:53.44. In the 1,500 meters, junior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) was fourth (3:54.41) and senior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) fifth (3:57.45). Sophomore Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Nequa Valley HS) capped off the meet for the Maroon and Gold by winning the 3,000 meters (8:50.28).

Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the Hillsdale Relays next weekend.

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