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Calvin Track & Field Teams Compete at Grand Rapids Open

Saturday, April 23, 2011

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Grand Rapids Open hosted by Aquinas College Saturday afternoon at Houseman Field.

The Calvin women’s team had a strong showing in the 400 meter hurdles as senior Rachel Boerner won the event with a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 1:02.97. Junior Jordan Gabrielse was third (1:06.14) and freshman Hillary Banning fifth (1:09.61).

Other first place performances for the Calvin women included senior Sarah Reasoner in the shot put (44-0 1/2), sophomore Carissa Verkaik in the high jump (5-3) and the 4x400 meter relay team of Boerner, Gabrielse, freshman Julie Busscher and freshman Rebekah Folkema in a time of 4:03.01.

Other notable performance for the Calvin women included junior Lindsey VanderBrug taking second in the 100 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 15.61, Banning taking second in the triple jump (34-5 1/2), sophomore Jen Silvestro taking third in the shot put (37-2 1/2), Reasoner taking third (139-5) and senior Leigha Oberle taking fourth (137-8) in the discus.

On the men’s side, sophomore Aaron Meckes won the shot put (48-4) and was second in the discus (139-10). In addition, Jake Baker took second for the Knights in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:02.59), freshman Evert Geerlings was second in the pole vault (13-11 1/4) and freshman Ryan Huffman was second in the long jump (22-0 3/4).

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