Calvin Women's Track and Field Team Claims First-Ever MIAA Indoor Title
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ANGOLA, Ind. - The Calvin women's track and field team made history on Saturday, winning the first-ever MIAA Women's Indoor Track and Field title with a first place score of 183 points at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Trine University.
Calvin finished 50 points ahead of second place Hope. The Knights took first place in five of 16 events and flashed strong depth throughout the meet to seal the championship.
"It's a special day for the Calvin women's track and field program," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "Every one of our women can say that were a part of league history as the first MIAA indoor track and field champions. That's a unique and significant accomplishment for this group."
According to Otte, Saturday's competition figured to be tight on paper but the Knights were able to rise to the occasion. "When we scored out the meet on paper, it looked like a two-point meet with us and Hope and when you start doing that, things can really go either way," said Otte. "Our team was up to the challenge and I credit our women for wanting this championship and taking care of business."
Sophomore Jenna Dyksen (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) was a double-winner for Calvin, claiming league titles in the 60 meter hurdles (9.24) and triple jump (35-0) while also placing fourth in the long jump (17-2). She was part of a strong Calvin triple jump contingent as junior Carissa Weis (Mount Prospect, IL/Mount Prospect HS) was sixth (33-10), sophomore Kayla Van Lenten (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) seventh (33-9) and freshman Madison Orth (Soldotna, AK/Cook Inlet Academy) eighth (33-2). In the 60 meter hurdles, senior Maria Steblay (Eden Prairie, MN/Eden Prairie HS) was third (9.34) and Orth sixth (9.79).
In the mile run, Calvin featured a one-two punch up front as senior McKenzie Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) claimed the title with a time of 5:15.97 while sophomore Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Ingelmoor HS) was second (5:16.84). Diemer also took second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.70.
In the throws, sophomore Bethany Love (Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) came up big, winning the shot put with a throw of 42-9 while also placing second in the weight throw with a heave of 52-6 feet. Love was part of a strong contingent of Calvin throwers as senior Emily Veenstra (Ellsworth/Ellsworth HS) was fourth in the weight throw (45-2) while senior Stacie Mead (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern HS) was third (39-8) and junior Michaela Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) fourth (38-4) in the shot put.
In the women's distance medley relay, the Calvin team of sophomore Marissa McGahan (Brighton/Brighton HS), freshman Alyssa Roels (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS), freshman Josie Granner (Ann Arbor/Pioneer HS) and senior Lora Huizingh (Byron Center/South Christian HS) was fourth (13:08.45). Calvin's 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Maggie LaLonde (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS), sophomore Caroline Boss (Charlevoix/Charlevoix HS), freshman Selvi Bunce (Savage, MN/Burnsville HS) and Dyksen took second in a time of 4:10.74.
Senior Ayooluwa Ayoola (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Van Lenten led a point parade in the high jump, placing in a tie for second (4-10) while freshman Erin Van Lenten was seventh (4-8). In the pole vault, freshman Annalane Miller (Dexter/Dexter HS) claimed second with a vault of 10-3.
Junior Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, MN/St. Croix Preparatory HS) ignited Calvin's distance attack, winning the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:54.21. Junior Hope Gaffner (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) was fourth (18:36.62) and sophomore Kate McLain (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) fifth (18:39.93).
Strohbehn and Diekema both put their time in on the track as Strohbehn later took third in the 3,000 meters (10:28.13) while Diekema was fourth (10:28.72). Junior Jessie Mulder (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also took seventh in the 3K (10:49.88).
FINAL MIAA INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM SCORES