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Calvin Track and Field Teams Move Into First Place at MIAA Field Day

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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HOLLAND - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams moved into first place on the first day of competition at the MIAA Field Day hosted by Hope College. The MIAA Field Day is worth one-half of the final league crown. The MIAA Jamboree - held three weeks ago - makes up the remaining half. Both Calvin teams took first place at the earlier MIAA Jamboree.

Through one day of competition, the Calvin men’s team has 72 points, 38 points ahead of Hope while the Calvin women’s team has 62.5 points with Alma second with 58 points.

Ranked 24th nationally, the Calvin men took first place in just one event on Thursday but flashed strong depth throughout the day to pile up an early first place point total. Senior David VandeBunte led the charge by winning the 10,000 meters in a time of 31:17.38 while sophomore Jacob Kuyvenhoven was third (32:02.68) and senior Kevin Peterson fourth (32:16.68).  Senior Alex VanHaitsma was also sixth.

Sophomore Erik Holstege also continued to excel, placing third in the long jump (21-4) while gaining the top seed in the 110 high hurdles out the prelims (15.36) while also advancing into the 200 meter finals with a prelims time of 22.95.  Holstege was one of three Calvin runners to advance to the finals in the 110 high hurdles as sophomore Calvin Kuyers was third and freshman Joel Ooms fifth. Kuyers and Ooms also went 3-4 in the prelims of the 400 meter hurdles.

Field events were a strength for the Calvin men as Holstege was one of three Knights to score in the long jump. In the men’s discus, senior Aaron Meckes was third (51-7) and junior Andrew Dykstra fifth.  Dykstra was also third in the javelin (168-6) and freshman David Dadzie fourth.

in the pole vault, junior Evert Geerlings was one of four Calvin Knights to score points with Geerlings third (13-5), freshman Luke Wolters fourth (12-9), freshman Will Hobson fifth (12-9) and freshman Collin Martin seventh (12-0).

“I thought we had a strong first day,” said Calvin head coach Bret Otte. “We filled some gaps that were weaknesses a year ago. Our men’s team has put together a strong push to win a championship. We’ve put ourselves in good position. Now we just have to go out and give it our best tomorrow.”

On the women’s side, Calvin took first place in two events Thursday. Senior Carissa Verkaik got the day rolling by winning the high jump for the third consecutive year, doing so with a jump of 5-3. She was one of three Calvin high jumpers to score points as sophomore Christina Geating was second and sophomore Kelley Tuinenga seventh.

Geating then continued on to win the pole vault (10-4 1/2) while sophomore Carmen Bilbao was third and freshman Daisy Peters fifth.

In the 10,000 meters, sophomore Sarah Danner took second (38:17) while sophomore Hannah Kregel was fifth and junior Natalie Patterson sixth.

In the long jump, freshman Kara Steenstra was fourth and junior Hilary Banning sixth. In the prelims, junior Julie Busscher had the top time in the 100 meters (12.95) and the second-fastest in the 200 meters (25.73).

“Our women’s team continues to be strong in events we have shown strength in all spring,” said Otte. “We have a talented women’s team with a lot of balance. We are looking forward to the competition on Friday.”

Action continues on Friday at 10 a.m.

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