Records Fall for Calvin Track & Field Teams At North Central Dr. Keeler Invitational
Saturday, May 09, 2009
NAPERVILLE, IL—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded competition at the two-day North Central Dr. Keeler Invitational on Friday night. Both teams had sterling performances with the middle-distance events grabbing the headlines for the Knights.
In the women’s 800 meters, senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN) broke her own school record with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 2:09.27 that places her second on the national qualifying list. It breaks her previous Calvin record of 2:10.27 set a year ago. Bergstrom led a cavalcade of Calvin runners in the event as freshman Kaitlin Diemer (South Christian HS) came up with a career-best time of 2:17.32 while senior Laura Jackson (Decatur, IL) was close behind with a time of 2:18.86. Sohomore Kristen Fletcher (Fort Wayne, IN) also ran well, recording a time of 2:23.93.
On the men’s side, Calvin sophomore Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN) came up with a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 1:52.37. Freshman Carson Sterchi (Crystal Lake, IL) added a time of 1:56.64.
In the men’s 1500 meters, freshman Colin Vance (Fort Wayne, IN) had a strong time of 3:58.35. On the women’s side, sophomore Alison Tuuk (Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a career-best time of 4:41.32 as did freshman Rebecca Hiemstra (Dusseldorf, Germany) with a time of 4:43.85.
In the women’s 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) took first place with an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 1:02.74. In the women’s 400 meters, junior Heather Koning (Kalamazoo Christian HS) clocked in with a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 56.72. In the women’s triple jump, freshman Kelly Peterson (Anoka, MN) had a season-best jump of 35-2.
The steeplechase also proved to be a big event for both Calvin teams. In the men’s race, senior Nate DeHaan (South Christian HS) took second with a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 9:08.26 while junior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI) was fourth with a provisional qualifying time of 9:14.61.
On the women’s side, junior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA) reset her own school record with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 10:43.05, breaking her prevoius record of 10:45.07 set two weeks ago at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. Also posting an NCAA III provisional qualifying time for Calvin on Friday were three Calvin runners as sophomore Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA) had a career-best time of 10:59.89 while junior Nicole Farr (Wheaton, IL) had a career-best time of 11:05.52 and senior Anne Fennema (Brookfield, WI) a career-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 11:10.17.
Finally, the Calvin women’s 4x400 meter relay team of senior Kristen Van Sickel (Pittsburgh, PA), junior Katie Roelofs (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Boerner and Koning took second with an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 3:52.01.
On Thursday night, Calvin College sophomore Eric Michel came up with the finest vault of his pole vault career late Thursday night. The Naperville Central High School graduate soared over the bar with an NCAA III provisional and career-best vault of 15-8 ľ.
Michel was part of a handful of Calvin athletes that turned in NCAA III provisional qualifying marks Thursday night as senior Jed Christiansen (Greenville, PA) won the menís 5,000 meters with a provisional qualifying time of 14:29.03. In the womenís 5,000 meters, sophomore Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a provisional qualifying time of 17:32.45.
Action will continue tomorrow for a group of Calvin track and field athletes at the University of Chicago Penultimate Invitational.