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Penning Punches Ticket to NCAA III Championships at Gregory Invitational

Saturday, May 21, 2011

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NAPERVILLE, IL - With her first and only chance to qualify for the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Calvin College sophomore Alyssa Penning stepped up and delivered Friday night at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College. A graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Penning took first place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 10:43.97. Her time was less than a second off an automatic qualifying time and places her 10th on the national qualifying list. The performance will almost certainly assure her of a trip to the NCAA III Championships next weekend in Delaware, Ohio.

A Dean’s List student at Calvin majoring in Spanish, Penning has missed nearly the entire outdoor track and field season as she spent the second semester studying in Spain to fulfill requirements for her academic major. While in Spain, Penning trained on her own and returned to Calvin earlier this week. Her race on Friday night was her first of the outdoor track and field season and also was a career-best effort. Penning is one of three Calvin women now on the NCAA III 3,000 meter steeplechase list. Senior Gretchen Braymer has an automatic qualifying time (10:39.75) and sits sixth on the list while junior Jodi Hoekstra is 19th with a provisional time of 10:52.61.

The official field for the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships is scheduled to be released later this weekend.

Also of note Friday night, the Calvin women’s 4x400 meter relay team of junior Jordan Gabrielse, sophomore Olivia Butler, freshman Julie Busscher and senior Rachel Boerner produced an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 3:55.32. The time will most likely not be strong enough to qualify for the NCAA III Championships but was a season-best effort.

The following is a list of individuals from the Calvin women’s track and field team on the NCAA III Track and Field national qualifying list:

*400 Meters - Rachel Boerner (provisional) - 11th (56.33)
*1,500 Meters - Jodi Hoekstra (provisional) - 39th (4:38.97)

*5,000 Meters - Jodi Hoekstra (provisional) - 9th (17:07.96)

*10,000 Meters - Samantha Westveer (provisional) - 30th (37:06.60)

*400 Meter Hurdles - Rachel Boerner (automatic) - 7th (1:01.67)

*3,000 Meter Steeplechase - Gretchen Braymer (automatic) - 6th (10:39.75)
- Alyssa Penning (provisional) - 10th (10:43.97)
- Jodi Hoekstra (provisional) 19th (10:52.61)

*4x400 Meter Relay - Jordan Gabrielse, Olivia Butler, Julie Busscher, Rachel Boerner (provisional) - 39th (3:55.32)

*Shot Put - Sarah Reasoner (automatic)- 2nd (48-0 1/2)

*Discus - Sarah Reasoner (automatic) - 10th (151-10)
—Leigha Oberle (provisional) - 28th (142-7)

*Javelin - Kim Wigboldy (provisional) - 41st (130-3)
*High Jump - Carissa Verkaik (provisional) - 13th (5-5 3/4)
The following is a list of individuals from the Calvin men’s track and field team on the NCAA III Track and Field national qualifying list:

*1,500 Meters - Greg Whittle (provisional) - 7th (3:50.60)
—Alex Wrobel (provisional) - 10th (3:50.73)

*5,000 Meters - Nick Kramer (automatic) - 2nd (14:17.70)

*10,000 Meters - Dan Kerr (provisional) - 14th (30:29.43)
—Rhett Morici (provisional) - 16th (30:37.69)

*3,000 Meter Steeplechase - Nick Kramer (automatic) - 7th (9:06.04)
—Ben Van Wyk (provisional) - 8th (9:07.19)
—Matt VanderRoest (provisional) 25th (9:16.54)

The complete NCAA III list for men’s and women’s track and field can be found online at: NCAA III Track & Field List

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