Calvin - Men's Track and Field Closes Out Competition at NCAA III Championships
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Two Calvin student athletes represented the Knights at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Those individuals were senior Ben de Waal Malefyt and junior Steven Haagsma of the men's team.
Calvin senior Ben de Waal Malefyt (Midland Park, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) competed in the men's discus Saturday afternoon. He finished 16th out of 20 competitors, throwing for 46.82 meters.
"This was a great experience," said the senior de Waal Malefyt, competing in his first national meet. "I have been to a lot of meets but there's nothing like nationals. I am very honored to be here, and I was glad I could compete and represent Calvin. My performance today wasn't the result I was looking for, but I gave it my best."
de Waal Malefyt has one year of eligibility left, which he plans to use next track season.
Calvin junior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) competed in the finals of the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA III Championships Saturday Afternoon. He earned his spot by finishing 13th in the prelims on Thursday. Haagsma was 13th in the finals, finishing in a time of 9:33.91.
Haagsma started the race in the middle of the pack, and remained there for the first six laps of the race. He was in as high as 9th place before falling behind the pack for his 13th place finish.
"I thought Steven ran really well," said head track and field coach Bret Otte. "He got into the finals which is fantastic. I'm looking forward to watching him improve next year."