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Track and Field Teams Compete at Gregory Invitational at North Central College

Saturday, May 19, 2012

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NAPERVILLE, IL - A group of Calvin track and field athletes competed at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday and Friday in an attempt to improve qualifying performances for the upcoming NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

On the women’s side, sophomore Nicole Michermhuizen took first place in the 10,000 meters (36:26.23). Calvin also had a strong showing in the 1500 meters as senior Jodi Hoekstra was third (4:35.36), senior Kaitlin Diemer fifth (4:37.90) and junior Kaylea Brase ninth (4:43.82). The times by Diemer and Brase were career-best efforts. Sophomore Hilary Banning also had a career-best jump of 37-1 in the triple jump.

Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of sophomores Julie Busscher, Stephanie Bennett, Olivia Butler and freshman Breanna Verkaik also posted a solid time of 3:57.69.

On the men’s side, junior Aaron Meckes took second in the shot put (52-4) and sixth in the discus (150-5) while senior Nick Kramer was sixth in the 1500 meters (3:56.48) and sophomore Sam Kerk sixth in the 5,000 meters (14:45.89).

The NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 24-26 in Claremont, California. The field of athletes selected for the championships will be announced tomorrow morning at the Delta Timing website at:NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Field

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