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Women’s Track and Field Team Captures First Place at Michigan/Indiana Invitational

Sunday, February 26, 2012

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The Calvin women’s track and field recorded a first place total of 161.5 points on Saturday at the Michigan/Indiana Indoor Track and Field Invitational. Calvin finished 50 points ahead of second place Hope and 50.5 points ahead of third place Adrian.

Sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen got the running portion of the meet off with a bang for the Knights by winning the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:51.57. She was part of a strong distance contingent for Calvin in the meet as senior Jodi Hoekstra won the mile run with a time of 5:04.82.

Calvin also flashed promise in the sprints as sophomore Stephanie Bennett won the 200 meters 26.38 with sophomore teammate Julie Busscher third (26.88). In the 60 meter dash, Bennett took second (8.18) while Busscher was fourth (8.25).

In the 60 meter hurdles, senior Lindsey VanderBrug claimed first place with a time of 9.54.

Calvin also made a strong dent in the field events as freshmen Amy Sybesma and Christina Geating went 1-2 in the high jump at heights of 5-1. In the pole vault, Geating took third with a vault of 9-10. In the long jump, VanderBrug took third (16-8) while junior Hilary Banning was sixth (16-0 ¼). Banning also took second in the triple jump (33-11 ½) while Sybesma was fourth (33-1 ¼). 

Calvin capped off the meet by winning the 4x400 meter relay as the quartet of sophomore Olivia Butler, freshman Kelley Tuinenga, freshman Grace Stoffer and senior Kaylea Brase took first with a time of 4:10.04, nipping a team from Adrian by just over a tenth-of-a-second.

“I was extremely proud of the way our team competed,” said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. “We had people stepping up all over the place today – whether it was in the field events, distance events, sprints, hurdles, you name it. The other thing that was very good to see was the fact that we had some of our younger athletes stepping up right along with our veterans. This team has some real potential and we’re excited for the things that lie ahead.”

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