Julie Bratt Resets Calvin Triple Jump Record at Hillsdale Relays
Saturday, April 25, 2009
HILLSDALE—School records continued to fall for the Calvin women’s track and field team on the final day of competition at the Hillsdale Gina Relays Saturday afternoon. For the third time this spring, senior Julie Bratt (Lynden, WA) reset her own school mark in the triple jump, recording an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark of 39-1 1/4, becoming the first individual in Calvin women’s track and field history to hit the 39-foot mark in the triple jump. Bratt’s jump was the third school record of the meet for the Knights as senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN) set a school mark in the 1500 meters and junior Elizabeth Smit in the 3,000 meter steeplechase the night before.
Bratt’s jump was part of several NCAA III provisional qualifying performances for Calvin on Saturday. Other NCAA III provisional qualifying marks for the Knights included junior Joy Leach (Charlottsville, VA) in the pole vault (11-7 3/4) and its 4x400 meter relay team of senior Kristen Van Sickel (Pittsburgh, PA), junior Katie Roelofs (Grand Rapids, Mich.), sophomore Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) and junior Heather Koning (Kalamazoo Christian HS) with a season-best time of 3:51.62. In the open 400 meters, all four members of the relay clocked sub-400 meter times with Koning leading the way with a provisional qualifying time of 57.44. Boerner was next with a time of 58.16 with Van Sickel clocking in at 58.26 and Roelofs a time of 59.64.
Other notables included Bergstrom recording a time of 2:15.91 with freshman Kaitlin Diemer (South Christian HS) coming in at 2:19.57, sophomore Alison Tuuk (Grand Rapids Christian HS) with a time of 2:20.41 and junior Laura Jackson (Decatur, IL) a time of 2:20.58.
On the men’s side, sophomore Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN) had a season-best time of 1:53.89 in the 800 meters. Sophomore Eric Michel (Naperville, IL) also had a vault of 14-5 1/4 in the pole vault.
A group of Calvin athletes also competed at the Aquinas College Open held at Forest Hills Northern High School on Saturday including a large group of throwers.
Notable performances for the Calvin men included sophomore Ken Echtinaw (Caledonia HS) winning the shot put (46-3 1/4) to lead a 1-2-3 Calvin finish as freshman Alex Edwards (Southfield, MI) was second (45-6 1/2) and freshman Aaron Clark (Comstock Park HS) third (44-6 1/4). In the javelin, Calvin went 1-2 with junior Tim Buiten (Kent, WA) winning with a throw of 145-6 and junior Jared Moberg (Houghton HS) taking second (127-3).
In the men’s discus, Clark took second (143-11) while Echtinaw was third (142-4) and sophomore Joel Klingenberg (Hamilton, ON) fifth (137-10).
In the women’s shot put, junior Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN) was first with a throw of 42-1 1/2 while senior Ashley Glover (Northview HS) was third 37-5 1/4. Glover was also second in the hammer throw (136-5) while Reasoner was second in the discus (131-11).
Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the upcoming MIAA Championships, scheduled to be held at Albion College next Thursday and Friday.