Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at Carnegie Mellon Invitational

Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at Carnegie Mellon Invitational
GENEVA, Oh. - The Calvin men's indoor track and field team took second in a field of 12 teams at the Carnegie Mellon Division III Invitational Saturday at the Spire Institute.
 
Calvin posted a team score of 80.5 points. Host Carnegie Mellon took first place with a team score of 119.5 points.
 
Senior Ethan Valentine (Mason, Oh./William Mason HS) returned to his home state to claim a victory in the 800 meters, winning with a time of 1:55.03. The time currently ranks seventh on the NCAA III indoor performance list. Senior Noah Buteyn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) also scored in the event, placing eighth in a time of 1:58.50. 
 
In the mile run, sophomore Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) came up with a career-best time of 4:21.38 to take second place while freshman teammate Micah Meindertsma (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia HS) was sixth (4:27.75).
 
In the 3,000 meters, junior Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) took third (8:46.85) while freshman teammate Justin Varineau (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was sixth (8:53.05).
 
Calvin's distance crew continued to score points in the 5,000 meters as sophomore Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) was second (15:28.09) while freshman Jonathan Ellis (Baltimore, Md./Towson HS) was third (15:38.10).
 
In the 60 meter hurdles, junior Alex Williams (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead HS) was seventh (9.10) while sophomore Sam Veenstra (North Haledon, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) was eighth (9.14).
 
Calvin's 4x400 meter relay team of Buteyn, junior Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS), Valentine and junior Josh VanDyk (Tinley Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) was second in a time of 3:26.15.
 
Calvin also scored in the field events.
 
Sophomore Nathan Van Wyhe (Frankfort, Il./Lincoln-Way East HS) was fourth (6-1 1/4) in the high jump.
 
Sophomore Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) was third in the pole vault (14-6 1/4) while senior Devin Schweigert (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) was sixth (14-0 1/2).
 
Junior Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian HS) was fourth in the long jump (20-7 1/4) while junior Brendan VanHouten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was third in the weight throw (49-0 1/4).
 
"We really had a great day as a team," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "I could go up and down our lineup but we had great performances from so many different individuals. It was exciting to compete in an incredible indoor (Spire Institute) facility against strictly Division III competition. There was a lot of energy generated by our team today and I like the way we are moving forward."
 
Calvin will compete at the University of Findlay Classic next Friday and Saturday with a handful of athletes also scheduled to compete at the Mike Lints Invitational next Saturday at Grand Valley State University.