Calvin Track and Field Teams Post First Place Performances at MIAA Jamboree
Saturday, April 11, 2009
ADRIAN – Pressed with a steep challenge by rival Hope, the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams dug down to deliver first place performances at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian College on Saturday. The Calvin women took first place with 1,016 points, 70.5 points ahead of Hope. On the men’s side, Calvin edged Hope by just 6.5 points, winning with a team total of 856 points with Hope second with 849.50 points.
The MIAA Jamboree is worth one-half of the final MIAA title with the upcoming MIAA Field Day – scheduled for May 1 and 2 at Albion College – making up the remaining half of the final league crown.
The jamboree was again scored in a true team format with each team eligible to score in three places in each event with scoring taking place in up to 21 spots in each event, thereby placing emphasis on depth and total team contribution.
In the men’s competition, Calvin came up huge in the middle-distance and distance running events, scoring 295 out of a possible 300 points in the events from the 800 meters on up. In addition, Calvin scored 239 out of a possible 240 points in the 1500 meters on up. Leading the way was freshman Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN) who captured first place in both the 1500 meters (4:04.80) and 5,000 meters (15:04.80), leading a 1-2-3 Calvin finish in the 1500 meters and a 1-2 Calvin finish in the 5K. Sophomore Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN) added second place finishes in the 1500 meters (4:04.83) and 800 meters (2:00.26). Junior Ben Van Wyke (Sussex, NJ) added a second place finish in the 5,000 meters (15:06.39) with junior Tim Langenberg (Grand Ledge) fourth (15:17.83).
In the 10,000 meters, Calvin went 1-2-3 with senior Erik VanKampen (Elmhurst, IL) winning a time of 32:05.15 while senior Jed Christiansen (Greenville, PA) was second (32:05.18) and senior Dave Jaeger (Winfield, IL) taking third (32:19.16). In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Calvin went 1-2-3 with junior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI) winning with a time of 9:29.72, senior Nate DeHaan (South Christian HS) second in 9:29.79 and junior George Visser (Winfield, IL) third in 9:37.55.
Other notables for the Calvin men included sophomore Eric Michel (Naperville, IL) winning the pole vault (4.11 meters), junior Zack VanderLaan (Holt, MI) placing third in the long jump (6.58 meters), junior Corey Velgersdyk (Bloomington, MN) placing second in the triple jump (13.20 meters), sophomore Ken Echtinaw (Caledonia HS) winning the discus (42.85 meters) and placing second in the shot put (14.29 meters). Calvin also had a huge day in the javelin as junior Tim Buiten (Kent, WA) won the event with a career-best toss of 52.31 meters while sophomore Joel Klingenberg (Hamilton, ON) was third (51.10 meters) and sophomore Shane Pluger (McBain, Mich.) fourth (47.44 meters).
In the women’s competition, Calvin also rolled in the distance events, scoring 298 out of a possible 300 points in the 800 meters on up. Calvin took first place in all five middle-distance/distance events, sweeping the top three spots in all but the 10,000 meter run. Picking up victories for the Knights were senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN) in the 800 meters (2:21.65) and 1500 meters (4:53.89) with junior Liz Smit (Bellevue, WA) winning the 5,000 meters (17:42.80) and sophomore Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) the 10,000 meters (37:32.51). Sophomore Alison Tuuk (Grand Rapids Christian HS) added a second place finish in the 1500 meters (4:53.90) and a third place finish in the 800 meters (2:22.49). Junior Nicole Farr (Warrenville, IL) won the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:27.49).
Other first place performances from Calvin included junior Heather Koning (Kalamazoo Christian HS) in the 400 meters (59.30), sophomore Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) in the 400 meter hurdles (1:05.71), senior Julie Bratt (Lynden, WA) in the long jump (5.23 meters) and triple jump (11.50 meters), sophomore Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN) in the shot put (12.64 meters) and discus throw (38.15 meters) and senior Ashley Glover (Northview HS) in the hammer throw (42.31 meters) with Reasoner placing third (32.37 meters).
Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team also took first place with a time of 4:02.99.
Both Calvin teams return to action next Saturday when they compete at the Wheaton Twilight Invitational.