Calvin Men's Track and Field Has Big Day at West Michigan Area Meets

Calvin Men's Track and Field Has Big Day at West Michigan Area Meets

The Calvin men's track and field team had a standout day of track and field action on Friday. A large group of Calvin's distance runners competed at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet in Allendale Friday morning and afternoon while the remainder of Calvin's team competed at the Aquinas College Little Meet Friday night.

At Grand Valley, Calvin put together several strong races in the 5,000 meter run.

Senior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) led the Knights in the 5K with a season-best time of 14:39.15 that places him sixth on the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field performance list. Kramer was one of three Knights to run sub-15 minute times in the 5K as junior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./John Hersey HS) had a season-best time of 14:50.48 while senior Nathan Van Haitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) had a career-best time of 14:59.52.

Freshman Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) also had a career-best time of 15:03.20. Sophomore Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) had a solid time of 15:09.11 while senior Zachary Nowicki (Comstock Park, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) came in at 15:10.33.

Other Calvin finishers in the 5,000 meters included senior Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) clocking in with a time of 15:15.93, junior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) coming in at 15:22.85, junior Matthew Boelens (Bolton, Mass./Nashoba Regional HS) running 15:29.16, senior Matthew Plantinga (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) running 15:34.36, sophomore Jacob Pettinga (Saugatuck, Mich./Saugutuck HS) running 15:36.70, freshman Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) running 15:37.73, freshman Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) running 15:38.68, freshman Caleb Swaim running 15:55.93, sophomore Jonathan Randall (Hopkington, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) going 16:05.44, junior Nathan Brookhouse (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) going 16:06.57 and freshman Jason Klaasen (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS) running 16:21.89.

At the Aquinas College Little Meet, Calvin took first place in four events. Senior Jonathan Schaap (Mahomet, Il./Mahomet-Seymour HS) won the mile run (4:28.32) while sophomore Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian Academy) won the long jump (21-8 3/4).  Sophomore Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) captured the 800 meters (1:59.36). Sophomore Brendan Van Houten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) won the weight throw with a career-best throw of 52-0.

Van Houten was one of four Knights that scored in the weight throw as freshman Jayvin Wolfe (Middleton, Mich./Fulton HS) was fourth (42-6 1/4), senior Erick Holder (Marian, Ind./Eastbrook HS) sixth (37-1 1/4) and freshman Jordin Jorritsma (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) seventh (36-7 3/4).

Freshman Nathan Van Wyhe (Frankfort, Il.) was third in the high jump (6-3 1/4) and third in the long jump (20-10 3/4). Senior Jeiel Burrell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was sixth in the high jump (6-1 1/4).

In the 60 meter hurdles, Calvin went 2-6-7 with junior Chase Rohrer (Ludington, Mich./Ludington HS) placing second (8.92), junior Jeremiah Stout (Escondido, CA/Escondido Calvin Christian HS) placing sixth (9.40) and freshman Sam Veenstra (North Haledon, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) placing seventh (9.44).

In the pole vault, freshman Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) was second (13-9 1/4), junior Jacob Stout (Escondido, Ca./Escondido Calvin Christian HS) placing third (13-3 1/2) and senior Devin Schweigert (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) placing fourth (12-9 1/2).

In the 400 meters, sophomore James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) was second (53.16). Junior Hendrik VerMeulen (Bright's Grove, Ont./St. Patrick's Secondary School) was third (1:59.76).

Calvin's 4x400 meter relay team of senior Nathan Anderson (Milan, Mich./Milan HS) , Jeninga, Peterson and Schaap took second in a time of 3:32.72.

Calvin returns to action next Friday, competing at the Grand Valley State Tune-Up Meet.