Calvin Men's Track and Field Has Big Day of Performances in Dual Meet at Hope

Calvin Men's Track and Field Has Big Day of Performances in Dual Meet at Hope
HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin men's track and field team scored 96 points in a dual meet competition with Hope Friday afternoon.

Calvin scored points in several events.

In the 1500 meter run, junior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took home a win in a time of 4:04.57 while senior Nathan Van Haitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) was third (4:07.03).

Calvin took the top two spots in the in the 100 meter hurdles as junior Chase Rohrer (Ludington, Mich./Ludington HS) took first (16.28) while junior Jeremiah Stout (Escondido, Ca./Escondido Calvin Christian HS) was second (16.89).  Rohrher also won the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 59.90 while sophomore Sam Veenstra (North Haledon, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) was second (59.93). Veenstra also placed third in the 400 meters (54.09) while senior Aaron Tucker (Albuquerque, NM/Hope Christian HS) was third in the 100 meters dash (12.03).

Junior Ethan Valentine (Mason, Oh./William Mason HS) won the 800 meters in a time of 1:58.92 while senior Jonathan Schaap (Mahomet, Il./Mahomet-Seymour HS) was third in 1:59.39.

In the 3,000 meters, Calvin took the top three spots as senior Matt Plantinga (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was first (9:04.60), freshman Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) was second 9:09.99 and senior Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville, Mich./Grandville Calvin Christian HS) third (9:13.27).

Calvin's 4x400 meter relay of Valentine, junior Hendrik Vermeulen (Bright's Grove, Ont./St. Patrick's Secondary School), sophomore Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) and sophomore James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) won with a time of 3:28.23. 
Calvin also competed well in the field events. The Knights swept the top three spots in the discus throw with sophomore Brendan VanHouten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) winning with a toss of 131-7, freshman Jordan Jorritsma (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) taking second (121-0) and senior Erick Holder (Marian, Ind./Eastbrook HS) taking third (119-5).

VanHouten also won the shot put with a throw of 45-5 1/4 while freshman Jayvin Wolfe (Middleton, Mich./Fulton HS) was second (41-8). VanHouten then won the hammer throw with a toss of 145-3 with Jorritsma taking second (120-7). Jorritsma also won the javelin (139-6) with Holder second (135-2).

Freshman Nathan Van Wyhe (Frankfort, Il./Lincoln-Way East HS) won the high jump (6-0) while junior Jacob Stout (Escondido, Ca./Escondido Calvin Christian HS) led a 1-2-3 Calvin finish in the pole vault, winning with a vault of 12-11 1/2. Freshman Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) was second (12-6) and junior Devin Schweigert (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) third (12-6). Sophomore Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian HS) also won the long jump (21-0 3/4).

Calvin will now prepare to compete at the Ferris State Bulldog Invitational on April 8.