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Reasoner and Klingenberg Receive MIAA Field Event MVP Awards

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

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A pair of Calvin College sophomores have been named the MIAA’s Most Outstanding Field Event Performers. Calvin College sophomore Joel Klingenberg has been named the MIAA Men’s Most Outstanding Field Event Performer while Calvin College sophomore Sarah Reasoner has been named the MIAA Women’s Most Oustanding Field Event Performer.

Klingenberg originally hails from Hamilton, Ontario, but graduated from Bradenton Christian High School in Florida. At the MIAA Field Day last Thursday and Friday, Klingenberg captured the MIAA title in the javelin (184-0) and placed second in the discus (146-6). Klingenberg is the fourth individual in Calvin men’s track and field history to receive the honor since the MIAA split the Most Valuable Player award into a Most Outstanding Runner and Most Outstanding Field Event Performer in 2001.

Meanwhile, Reasoner is the seventh individual in Calvin women’s track and field history to receive the award since 2001. A native of Cambridge, Minnesota, Reasoner is a graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School. At the MIAA Field Day last week, she captured league titles in the shot put (41-8) and discus (143-0), recording an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark in the discus in the process.

Reasoner has also landed a spot on the All-MIAA track and field team for the first time. She is one of 10 members of the Calvin women’s track and field team to receive All-MIAA honors. Also landing spots on the All-MIAA women’s track and field team from Calvin are seniors Julie Bratt, Ashley Glover and Lauren Bergstrom, juniors Joy Leach and Heather Koning and Elizabeth Smit and sophomores Jessica Koster, Rachel Boerner and Gretchen Braymer.

On the men’s side, Klingenberg is one of eight members of the Calvin men’s track and field that were named to the All-MIAA men’s team. Joining Klingenberg are seniors Nate DeHaan, Jed Christiansen and Erik Van Kampen, junior Cory Velgersdyk and sophomores Alex Wrobel, Eric Michel and Ken Echtinaw.

The following are brief bios of Calvin’s remaining All-MIAA athletes:

WOMEN’S TEAM

JULIE BRATT – (Lynden, WA/Lynden Christian HS) – Bratt is making her fourth straight appearance on the All-MIAA women’s track and field team. At the MIAA Field Day last week, Bratt captured the league title in the triple jump for the fourth straight year, recording a league record jump of 37-7 ¼. She is the first individual in MIAA women’s track and field history to win the triple jump title four straight years. She is also the 18th individual in MIAA women’s track and field history to receive All-MIAA honors four straight years. In addition, Bratt took runner-up honors in the long jump at the MIAA Field Day with a jump of 16-9 ¾.

ASHLEY GLOVER – (Grand Rapids/Northview HS) – Glover is making her second appearance on the All-MIAA team after being so honored as a freshman in 2006. At the MIAA Field Day last week, Glover won the hammer throw with a toss of 138-6. She also placed eighth in the shot put (34-2 ¼).

LAUREN BERGSTROM – (Rochester, MN/Century HS) – Bergstrom is making her third straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day, Bergstrom established a new MIAA record in the 800 meters, recording a time of 2:11.75. She also won the 1500 meters with a time of 4:44.49. Bergstrom was a three-time MIAA champion in both the 800 meters and 1500 meters.

JOY LEACH – (Charlottsville, VA/Charlottsville HS) – Leach is making her first appearance on the All-MIAA team. A two-sport athlete who also competes on the diving board for the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team during the winter months, Leach won the pole vault title last week at the MIAA Field Day with a vault of 11-2 ½.

HEATHER KONING – (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) – Koning is making her third straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day, Koning won the 400 meters for the second straight year, recording a time of 57.72. She also placed third in the 200 meters (26.08) and anchored Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team to a first place time of 4:00.10.

ELIZABETH SMIT – (Kirkland, WA/Bellevue Christian HS) – Smit is making her second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day, Smit pulled off a difficult double, winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:01.78) and 5,000 meters (18:10.82). She is the first individual in Calvin history to win both events at the MIAA Field Day.

JESSICA KOSTER – (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) – Koster is making her second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. Koster won the 10,000 meters at the MIAA Field Day with a time of 38:03.44. At the 2008 MIAA Field Day, she was the league champion in the 5,000 meters.

RACHEL BOERNER – (Bergenfield, NJ/Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) – Boerner is making her first appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day last week, Boerner was the league champion in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.85. She also placed third in the 100 meter dash (12.79) and was a part of Calvin’s winning 4x400 meter relay team.

GRETCHEN BRAYMER – (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) – Braymer is making her first appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day last week, Brayer took second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 11:06.08.

MEN’S TEAM

NATE DEHAAN (Byron Center/South Christian HS) – DeHaan is making his third straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day last week, DeHaan captured the 3,000 meter steeplechase title for third straight year, recording a time of 9:19.93.

JED CHRISTIANSEN (Greenville, PA/Greenville HS) – Christiansen is making his fourth consecutive appearance on the All-MIAA team. He is the 12th individual in Calvin men’s track and field history to receive All-MIAA honors four straight years. At the MIAA Field Day, Christiansen pulled off the difficult distance double, winning the 1500 meters (4:01.68) and the 5,000 meters (15:04.66). Christiansen finished his MIAA career as a four-time event champion, winning the 5,000 meters three times and the 1500 meters once.

ERIK VAN KAMPEN (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) – Van Kampen is making his second appearance on the All-MIAA team. He was also a member of the 2007 All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day last week, Van Kampen was the league champion in the 10,000 meters (32:33.80) and the league runner-up in the 5,000 meters (15:05.25). Van Kampen was a two-time MIAA champion in the 10,000 meters, also winning the race at the 2007 MIAA Field Day.

CORY VELGERSDYK – (Bloomington, MN/Thomas Jefferson HS) – Velgersdyk is making his first appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day, Velgersdyk was a multi-event performer, placing second in the triple jump (44-1 ½) and third in the long jump (21-0 ¾). He also ran a leg on Calvin’s third place 4x100 meter relay team that recorded a season-best time of 43.61.

ALEX WROBEL—(Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) – Wrobel is making his second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day, he was second in the 800 meters (1:55.86) and 1500 meters (4:02.43). He also anchored Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team to a second place time of 3:21.66.

ERIC MICHEL— (Naperville, IL/Naperville Central HS) – Michel is making his second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day, Michel repeated as league champion in the pole vault, winning a vault of 14-1 ¼.

KEN ECHTINAW—(Caledonia/Caledonia HS) – Echtinaw is making his first appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Field Day, Echtinaw won the discus title with a throw of 146-11. He also placed second in the shot put with a throw of 47-7 ¼.

Sarah Reasoner Audio Interview

Joel Klingenberg Audio Interview

Jed Christiansen Audio Interview

Erik VanKampen Audio Interview

Ken Echtinaw Audio Interview

Elizabeth Smit Audio Interview

Calvin Pole Vault Coach Mike VandenBerg Audio Interview

MIAA Track and Field Championships Photo Gallery

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