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Erik Holstege Cracks 6,000-Point Plateau in Decathlon at Hillsdale Charger Classic

Thursday, May 09, 2013

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HILLSDALE - Calvin College sophomore Erik Holstege completed a stellar two days of competition in the decathlon Thursday afternoon at the Hillsdale Charger Classic. Competing in his second-ever decathlon, Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) recorded a career-best score of 6,074 points. The point total eclipses his previous career best of 5,422 points established at a last-chance meet at Grand Valley State last spring.

Holstege’s total of 6,074 points puts him 25th on the NCAA Division III qualifying list. 

Holstege had several career-best efforts in the two-day, 10-event competition. In the 100 meters, he had a career-best time of 11.35 while also ripping off a career-best time of 15.28 in the 110 high hurdles. In the field events, he had a long jump of 22 feet, a high jump of 6-0, a pole vault of 10-8,  a javelin throw of 123-4, a shot put throw of 34-8 and a discus heave of 110-3. He also ran 52.85 in the 400 meters and 5:11.36 in the 1,500 meters. His time in the 400 meters came on his second race in the event. In a bizarre turn of events, the timing system failed in his initial 400 meter race. Hand times had Holstege at around 51.5. Needing a fully automated time in the 400 meters to officially post a score in the event, Holstege was given a three-hour wait before running again. In his second race, he clocked in at 52.85.

“It was just a great two days of competition for Erik,” said Calvin head track coach Bret Otte. “He gave it everything he had, even though he essentially had to compete in 11 events instead of 10. His point total may be just short of getting to the national meet but he is getting very close to getting there. If it does not happen this spring, I am confident he will get there next year provided he is blessed with good health.”

Calvin also had a handful of athletes competing at the Aquinas College Twilight Invitational on Wednesday. On the men’s side, freshman Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) took first place in the 1,500 meters (4:06.09) while sophomore Stephen Tubergen (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hersey HS) was third (4:07.23). In the 5,000 meters, freshman Jonathon Gingrich (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty HS) was third (15:56.90). In the pole vault, freshman Lucas Wolters (Vincennes, IN/South Knox HS) had a career-best effort in placing second (13-11 3/4) while junior Evert Geerlings (Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) was third (13-5 3/4).

On the women’s side, junior Lauren Madden (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had a season-best throw of 124-7 that was good for first place.

A group of Calvin athletes will compete Thursday and Friday night at the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College while another group of athletes will compete at the Grand Valley State Last Chance meets Friday and Saturday.

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