Track & Field Teams Open Outdoor Campaigns in Strong Fashion At Rhodes Open
Sunday, March 21, 2010
MEMPHIS, TN – The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams both had strong starts to their outdoor seasons at the Rhodes College Open Invitational on Saturday.
On the women’s side, fresh off her national championship performance in the 400 meters the week before at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships, junior Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) came up with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 1:01.64 that was good for second place on Saturday, only behind Talisha Lee of Mississippi State University.
The Calvin women also had NCAA III provisional qualifying times from senior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the 10,000 meters (36:42.39), senior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:00.32), Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team (3:55.00), junior Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the discus (141-11) and junior Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN) in the discus (136-8) and shot put (43-9 ¾).
Highlights for the Calvin men included junior Joel Klingenberg (Hamilton, ON) placing fourth in the javelin (173-11), senior Brad Stroner (Lakewood HS) placing 16th in the 100 meters (11.20) and 200 meters (22.81). Senior Caleb Rottman (Fargo, ND) taking fourth in the high jump (6-4 ¾), senior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI) taking second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:25.05) and junior Ben Van Wyk (Sussex, NJ) taking third (9:26.00), junior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN) taking eighth in the 800 meters (1:58.08), senior Kelby McClelland taking seventh in the 110 high hurdles (15.62) with Rottman eighth (15.83), sophomore Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN) taking fourth in the 5,000 meters (14:49.76) and sophomore Dan Kerr (Petoskey HS) placing third in the 10,000 meter run (31:58.65).