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Calvin Track & Field Teams Open Outdoor Season at Rhodes College Open

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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MEMPHIS, TN - A week ago, Calvin College senior Sarah Reasoner claimed national runner-up honors in the women’s shot put at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Reasoner will now get a chance to compete at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships after recording an NCAA III Automatic (outdoor) qualifying throw of 48-0 1/2 at the Rhodes College Open. She also posted an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark of 137-11 in the discus. Reasoner was part of a strong Calvin throwing crew on Saturday as senior Kim Wigboldy took second in the javelin (124-0) while senior Leigha Oberle was eighth in the hammer throw (130-2) and fifth in the discus (128-8).

On the men’s side, sophomore Aaron Meckes was sixth in the discus (150-2) and fourth in the shot put (49-3).

Other highlights for the Calvin men’s team included:

*A 1-2-3 sweep in the 5,000 meters with junior Nick Kramer leading the way with a first place and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 14:44.11 while sophomore Greg Whittle was second (14:49.69) and sophomore Matt VanderRoest third (14:55.88).

*A third place finish by junior Dan Kerr in the 10,000 meters (31:36.23).

*A fifth place finish by senior Alex Wrobel in the mile run (4:21.83).

*A first place finish by junior Carson Sterchi in the 800 meters (1:55.86).

*A third place finish by senior Ben VanWyk in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:38.20).

*A second place finish by Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of freshman Ryan Huffman, freshman Calvin Kuyers, Sterchi and senior Kyle Ramthum with a time of 3:23.78.

Other highlgihts for the Calvin women’s team included:

*An NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 56.33 by senior Rachel Boerner in the women’s 400 meter (open) dash.

*A second place finish by freshman Nicole Michmerhuizen (38:13.05) and a third place time by senior Samantha Westveer (38:16.57) in the 10,000 meters.

*A fourth place finish by junior Jodi Hoekstra in the 5,000 meters (17:59.54).

*A sixth place time of 49.59 by Calvin’s 4x100 meter relay team of freshmen Julie Busscher, Stephanie Bennett, junior Jordan Gabrielse and Boerner.

*A fifth place time by senior Alison Tuuk in the mile run (5:14.77).

*A first place (2:17.04) time by junior Kaitlin Diemer and a fifth place time (2:21.77) by senior Kristen Fletcher in the 800 meters.

*A first place (11:26.73) finish by senior Gretchen Braymer and a fourth place finish (11:40.44) by freshman Alyssa Oram in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

*A third place jump of 5-3 3/4 by sophomore Carissa Verkaik in the high jump.

Both Calvin teams will now train for a week in Gulf Shores, Alabama. They will return to action on April 2, competing at the Grand Rapids Open at Houseman Field.

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