Calvin Track and Field Teams Wrap Up Weekend Competition at Hillsdale/Aquinas Meets
Sunday, May 01, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out action on Saturday at the Hillsdale Gina Relays and at the Aquinas College Quad. At Hillsdale on Saturday, the women’s team had a strong day of competition. In the 800 meters, freshman Olivia Butler had a season-best time of 2:17.90 in the 800 meters while freshman teammate Rebekah Folkema was close behind in a time of 2:19.30 and senior Kristen Fletcher on Folkema’s heels with a season-best time of 2:19.69.
Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of Folkema, Butler, junior Jordan Gabrielse and senior Rachel Boerner just missed an NCAA III provisional qualifying time, clocking in with a time of 3:56.56.
Other notables included senior Kim Wigboldy with a throw of 121-0 in the javelin and a season-best time of 4:43.01 by junior Kaitlin Diemer in the women’s 1,500 meters.
On the men’s side, junior Carson Sterchi had a season-best time of 1:54.16 in the 800 meters.
At the Aquinas College Quad held at Houseman Field on the north side of Grand Rapids, the Calvin men also turned in several strong performances. Sophomore Aaron Meckes took first place in the shot put with a season-best toss of 50-1 3/4 while also winning the discus with a throw of 136-6. Sophomore Kyle Jasperse won the triple jump with a leap of 43-5 while freshman Matt Christians was third in the high jump (6-3 1/4). In addition, sophomore Adam DeYoung won the javelin (136-7) while freshman Calvin Kuyers had a season-best time of 56.12 in the 400 meter hurdles.
In the women’s competition, freshman Hillary Banning took first place in the 400 meter hurdles (1:10.14) and triple jump (35-3). Sophomore Carissa Verkaik won the high jump (5-4 1/4) while senior Sarah Reasoner won the shot put (45-0) and discus (149-9). Senior Leigha Oberle also had a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 142-7 in the discus.
Freshman Emily Vos also won the javelin with a throw of 99-10.
Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the upcoming MIAA Field Day on May 5 and 6 at Olivet College.