Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Fourth at Al Owens Classic

Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Fourth at Al Owens Classic

ALLENDALE, Mich. - The 27th-ranked Calvin men's track and field team took fourth at the Al Owens Classic hosted by Grand Valley State University April 21 and 22, posting a final team score of 53 points.

Calvin flourished in the jumps as senior Reitsma Mpindi (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) led a 1-2-3 finish in the long jump. Mpindi took first with a leap of 22-10 while sophomore Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian HS) was second (21-10 1/4) and freshman Nathan Van Wyhe (Frankfort, Il./Lincoln-Way East HS) was third (21-8 1/4).

Barents also claimed first place in the triple jump, leaping 43-1.

Junior Ethan Valentine (Mason, Oh./William Mason HS) took fourth in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 48.23. The time currently ranks 11th on the NCAA III performance list for outdoor track and field.

Calvin also scored in the 1500 meter run as senior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) was fourth (3:55.93) and junior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) fifth (3:56.24).

In the 400 meter hurdles, freshman Sam Veenstra (North Haledon, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) took seventh in the 400 meter hurdles (56.28) while junior Noah Buteyn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was eighth (56.34).

Senior Erick Holder (Marian, Ind./Eastbrook HS) was seventh in the javelin (146-9). Sophomore Brendan Van Houten also had a strong weekend, placing 17th in the shot put (45-8), 11th in the discus (149-8) and 12th in the hammer throw (167-7).

Calvin will now prepare to host its own Calvin Invitational April 28 and 29.