Calvin Track & Field Athletes Compete at North Central College Gregory Invitational
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Calvin’s track and field athletes received their final opportunities to improve their performances for NCAA III Championship qualification at last-chance meets this weekend in the state of Illinois.
At the Gregory Invitational Friday night, sophomore Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) highlighted the meet for Calvin by placing third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:08.16. The time was a career-best by nearly five seconds and marked the fourth straight steeplechase that he has run a personal-best. His time places him 18th on the national list and should lock him into a qualifying spot for the NCAA III Track and Field Championships next week at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. If Haagsma qualifies, it will mark the sixth consecutive year that a member of the Calvin men’s track and field team has qualified for nationals in the event.
On the women’s side, junior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) had a career-best time of 11:06.74 in the steeplechase that will place her on the bubble for NCAA III Championships consideration.
Other notables from the meet included:
*Senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) winning the men’s 10,000 meters (31:39.65).
*Sophomore Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) recording a time of 54.64 in the men’s 400 meter hurdles.
*Senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) recording a time of 4:38.34 in the women’s 1,500 meters.
*Sophomore Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS) taking fourth in the women’s 10K with a time of 38:24.99 while senior Hannah Kregel (Iowa City, IA/Iowa City HS) had a career-best time of 39:18.52 in the event.
*Sophomore Paige McGahan (Brighton/Brighton HS) clocking a career-best time of 11:36.92 in the women’s steeplechase.
*Senior Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) tying for second in the high jump (5-4 1/4).
*In a meet held at Augustana College Friday, senior Aaron Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) had a season-best throw of 159-9 in the men’s discus.
Calvin athletes will now await for the NCAA III field to be announced Sunday morning.