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Calvin Track & Field Teams Emerge Victorious at First-Ever Calvin (Indoor) Invitational

Saturday, January 29, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams emerged victorious in their third meet of the young season. Their victories came at their own Calvin Invitational.

The meet, which consisted of local rivals Hope, Alma, and Aquinas, was held in the Huizenga Track and Tennis Center on the Sturrus Track.  It marked the first time Calvin has hosted an indoor event and the first time since 2007 that Calvin has hosted any sort of track and field meet.

The men prevailed with a score of 183.  Hope followed with 143 points and Aquinas and Alma rounded out the meet with scores of 114 and 82.5, respectively.

Sophomore Aaron Meckes finished first in the shot-put with a throw of 46-10 1/4.  Sophomore Russell Kamps took the crown in triple jump with a hop-skip-and-jump of 40-5.  Calvin swept the first six spots of the 5,000 meter run with junior Rhett Morici finishing first with a time of 15:17.  Calvin’s relay squad of sophomore Greg Whittle, senior Ben Dykema, sophomore Daniel Mc Elheny, and junior Nick Kramer also took first with a time of 10:51.  In the 4 by 400 relay, the Calvin team of freshman Ryan Huffman, junior Kyle Ramthun, freshman Josh Stuive, and freshman Calvin Kuyers took first, finishing in 3:31. Seniors Ben Van Wyk and Jake Baker also took the top two spots in the steeplechase for the Knights.

A big highlight for the men came from freshman Matt Christians who took third in the high jump with a career-best jump of 6-6 ¾.

For the women, senior Rachel Boerner and freshman Olivia Butler finished first and second in the 400 meter dash, Boerner with a time of 58.26 seconds and Butler with a time of 1:02.77.

Freshman Alyssa Oram and junior Sarah Fennema were the sole steeplechase participants, Oram placing first at 11:38 and Fennema second at 12:31.18.  Freshman Hilary Banning and sophomore Laura Sybesma took first and second for the Knights in the triple jump.  Senior Rebekah Van Dyk jumped 5-3 3/4, taking first in the high jump.  Senior Sarah Reasoner and sophomore Jentien Silvestro went first and second in shot put, Reasoner with a toss of 44-6 1/4. Senior Leigha Oberle also had a strong throw of 42-4 ¾ in the weight throw.

As a team, the Calvin women squeaked out a victory with 155 points, a half-point ahead of Hope which garnered 154.5 points. Aquinas scored 126.5 and Alma scored 87 points.  Calvin’s 4x400 relay team propelled the Knights to their late lead with a first place finish of 4:07.  The relay consisted of freshman Julie Busscher, Olivia Butler, junior Jordan Gabrielse, and Rachel Boerner.

Coach Bret Otte was pleased with his teams at the unprecedented event, and likes to use the meet as a benchmark.

“It was fun to see our rivals.  This meet points out where we’re strong and things we need to work on,” he commented.

Both teams will now break for two weeks and will return to action on February 11 and 12 at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale.

Bret Otte Audio Interview

Calvin Invitational Photo Gallery

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