More NCAA III Qualifying Performances for Calvin Track & Field Athletes
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Calvin’s track and field athletes were split up on Saturday with half competing at the Hillsdale Gina Relays with the other half competing at the Aquinas College Open at Houseman Field.
At the Hillsdale Gina Relays, junior Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) posted an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 55.29 in winning the 400 meters. She also anchored Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team that posted an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 3:54.55 that was good for second place. The relay included senior Katie Roelofs (Grand Rapids, Mich.), sophomore Kaitlin Diemer (South Christian HS) and sophomore Jordan Gabrielse (Unity Christian HS). In the women’s pole vault, senior Joy Leach (Charlottsville, VA) achieved a career-best in placing second with an NCAA III provisional qualifying vault of 12-1 1/2 that placed her second.
In addition, junior Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN) took fourth in the discus with an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark of 141-0.
On the men’s side, junior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN) just missed an NCAA III provisional qualifying time, placing second in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.54. Senior Kelby McClelland (Mercer, PA) was also fifth in the 110 high hurdles on Saturday with a time of 15.01.
Over at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids, a group of Calvin throwers had standout afternoons. In the men’s shot put, freshman Aaron Meckes (Bay City, Mich.) also had a collegiate-best throw of 50-7 1/4 while junior Ken Echtinaw (Caledonia HS) had a strong throw of 46-11. Sophomore Alex Edwards (Southfield, Mich.) came in at 45-1 1/4 and freshman Adam DeYoung at 42-4 and Falk at 41-7 1/4. In the men’s javelin, junior Joel Klingenberg (Hamilton, ON) had a throw of 179-7 with senior Tim Buiten (Kent, WA) coming in a 175-5 and senior Shane Pluger (Marion, Mich.) at 161-5. Klingenberg also had a strong effort in the discus, recording an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark of 158-9. Klingenberg also has a provisional qualifying throw in the javelin this spring. Meckes also had a collegiate-best throw of 143-9 in the discus. Sophomore Karl Falk (Placerville, CA) had a collegiate-best throw of 150-1 in the hammer throw.
In the women’s javelin, junior Kim Wigboldy (Chandler, AZ) had a huge performance, recording a collegiate-best by six feet with a throw of 126-7. Sophomore Christina Wassman (Farmington, Mich.) also had a solid effort, recording a throw of 95-2.
In the women’s high jump, junior Rebekah VanDyk (Bellflower, CA) had an NCAA III provisional qualifying jump of 5-5. Freshman teammate Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) was close behind at 5-3. In the women’s triple jump, sophomore Kelly Peterson (Ramsey, MN) took first (35-9 1/2) while senior Casey Herman (Libertyville, IL) was second (33-1 3/4). In the men’s triple jump, freshman Kyle Jasperse (Escondido, CA) had a season-best, placing second with a jump of 45-7 1/2. Senior Jonathan DeRuiter (Bellingham, WA) was fifth (43-0 1/2) and freshman Russell Kamps (Gallup, NM) seventh (42-0 1/2). IN the women’s discus throw, junior Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids Christian HS) was fourth (136-8).
Both Calvin track and field teams will now prepare to compete at the Wheaton Twilight Invitational April 30 and May 1.
Calvin will then prepare for the MIAA Track and Field Championships on May 6 and 7 at Alma College. Earlier this month, both Calvin track and field teams took first place at the MIAA Jamboree - worth 50 percent of the final MIAA crown. Both Calvin track and field teams are the defending MIAA champions. Athletes qualifying for the national meet will compete at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 27-29 at Baldwin-Wallace College.