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Women’s Track and Field Wins Calvin Relays / Men’s Team Second

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Calvin Relays on Saturday inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center while competing on the Sturrus Track. The Calvin women’s team took first place with a team score of 190 points with Hope taking second with 15 points, Aquinas third with 129 and Alma fourth with 93. The Calvin men’s team took second with 151 points as Aquinas won with 155 points. Hope was third (103), Spring Arbor fourth (66) and Alma fifth (61).


Calvin picked up points across the board as its sprinters, distance runners and field event athletes all combined to put the Knights on top.

Highlights included:

*Senior Hilary Banning winning the long jump (16-5) and triple jump (36-3) while freshman Carissa Weis was second (34-5).

*Junior Christina Geating winning the high jump (5-2) and placing second in the pole vault (10-0) while freshman Daisy Peters was third in the pole vault (9-6); junior Amy Sybesma second in the high jump (5-1) and freshman Bethany Van Eck third in the high jump (4-9).

*Freshman Kristen Brink second taking the mile run (11:05.20).

*Van Eck taking third in the 60 meter hurdles (9.58).

*Senior Julie Busscher taking third in the 60 meter dash (8.02) and second in the 200 meter dash (26.34).

*Senior Olivia Butler taking second in the 800 meter run (2:22.22).

*Junior Kate Ardinger winning the mile run (5:19.30).


Calvin also picked up points from a variety of sources as the Knights picked up key spots in the field events, hurdles and distance events.

Highlights included:

*Sophomore Eric Jipping winning the shot put with a career-best throw of 50-1.

*Senior Ben deWaal Malefyt taking second in the men’s weight throw (40-10) and sophomore David Dadzie taking third (40-6).

*Sophomore Luicas Wolters winning the pole vault (14-6).

*The Calvin 4x200 meter relay team of freshman Blake DeGroot, sophomore Cole Evans, junior Erik Holstege and sophomore Joel Brouwer winning in a time of 1:33.03.

*Calvin’s distance medley relay team of junior Steven Haagsma, freshman Jonathan Schaap, sophomore Jeff Meitler and sophomore Andre Otte winning in a time of 10:40.07.

*Senior Gabe Gunnink winnin the 3,000 meters in 8:51.50.

*Holstege taking second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.77).

*Freshman Matthew Plantinga winning the 5,000 meters (15:57.78) with sophomore Bret Haura second (16:08.09) and senior Sam Kerk third (16:15.88).

*Calvin’s 4x800 meter relay team of sophomore Jonathan Gingrich, freshman Mason Swartz, freshman Duncan Henderson and freshman Robert Hohlman winning in a time of 8:29.18.

Both Calvin teams will now break until next Friday when they compete at the Grand Valley State Tuneup Invitational in Allendale.

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