Nick Kramer Shatters Calvin School Record in 5K at Hillsdale Gina Relays
Friday, April 29, 2011
HILLSDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams had a big first day of competition at the Hillsdale Gina Relays on Friday. In the women’s 400 meter hurdles, senior Rachel Boerner posted an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 1:01.67 that ranks as the fastest time in Division III women’s track and field this spring. In the men’s 5,000 meter run later Friday night, junior Nick Kramer not only posted an NCAA III automatic qualifying time in the 5,000 meters invite run, but also shattered the school record in the race with a time of 14:17.70. Kramer’s time shatters the previous Calvin record of 14:22.56 set by Jed Christiansen in 2009. It is also the fastest time in Division III men’s outdoor track and field this spring in the event.
In the women’s 5,000 meter run invitatational run, junior Jodi Hoekstra clocked a strong NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 17:07.96. In the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase invite race, senior Gretchen Braymer clocked an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 10:39.75. In the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase invite race, senior Ben VanWyk missed an automatic qualifying time by less than two-tenths of a second, clocking a provisional qualifying time of 9:07.19. Sophomore Matt VanderRoest also had an NCAA III provisional qualifying time in the race, clocking in at 9:22.50.
In the men’s 1,500 meters, sophomore Greg Whittle and senior Alex Wrobel had a huge evening as Whittle was sixth with an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 3:50.60 while Wrobel was right behind in seventh with a provisional qualifying time of 3:50.73.
In the men’s 10K late Friday night, Calvin had a pair of NCAA III provisional qualifying times as junior Dan Kerr was eighth in 30:29.43 and junior Rhett Morici 12th in 30:37.69.