Elizabeth Smit Shatters School Record in 3,000 Meter Steeplechase at Hillsdale Gina Relays
Saturday, April 24, 2010
HILLSDALE—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams came up with several sterling performances on Friday night at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. Calvin was led by its distance contingent on Friday night, particularly from its women’s team.
In the women’s 10,000 meters, senior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) was one of four Calvin runners to post NCAA III provisional qualifying times as she placed third in a time of 35:48.14. Koster’s time was just .14 off an automatic qualifying time and will almost certainly cement her ticket to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. Senior Jesi Hale (Gallup, NM) was fifth with a solid provisional qualifying time of 36:47.44. Also posting NCAA III provisional qualifying times from Calvin were senior Sarah Dugan (Freeland HS) in a ninth place time of 37:12.77 and senior Mary Tolsma (Hawthorne, NJ) in a 13th place time of 37:24.56.
In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, senior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA) ran wild, shattering her own school record with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 10:29.55, edging out a competitor from Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the overall win by just over a tenth of a second. Smit’s time lopped more than 13 seconds off her previous school mark of 10:43.05. Smith was part of a powerful contingent of Calvin runners in the steeplechase as freshman Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 11th in an NCAA III provisional time of 11:07.45. Senior Gretchen Graymer (Erie, PA) just missed a provisional time in the event, clocking in with a time of 11:16.71.
Junior Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) also had a blazing performance on Friday night, taking second in the 400 meter hurdles with an NCAA III automatic qualifying and personal best time of 1:00.51. Sophomore Jordan Gabrielese (Unity Christian HS) just missed a provisional qualifying time in the event, clocking in with a career-best time of 1:04.70.
In the field events, junior Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN) was fourth in the shot put with a provisional throw of 42-11 1/2 while freshman Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) and junior Rebekah VanDyk (Bellflower, CA) had season-best performances, recording marks of 5-3 in the high jump.
On the men’s side, sophomore Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN) had a career-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 14:35.77 in the 5,000 meters. Junior Ben VanWyk (Sussex, NJ) also had a provisional qualifying tie of 14:47.63.
In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, senior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI) had a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 9:16.15. Senior George Visser (Chicago, IL) also had a season-best time of 9:30.83 in the event.
Also clocking season-best times in the 400 meter hurdles were sophomore Kyle Ramthum (Dearborn, Mich.) and junior Tim VerMeer (Lansing, IL) with Ramthum recording a time of 56.99 and VerMeer a time of 58.64.
In the high jump, senior Caleb Rottman (Fargo, ND) continued his strong spring, placing fourth with a jump of 6-6 3/4. In the 10,000 meters, sophomore Dan Kerr (Petoskey HS) had a season-best time of 31:48.23. Senior Tim Langenberg (Grand Ledge HS) also had a season-best (31:54.94) as did sophomore Rhett Morici of St. Charles, Illinois (32:07.18).