Calvin Women's Track and Field Team Repeats as MIAA Indoor Champions
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin women's track and field team successfully defended its MIAA Indoor Track and Field title from a year ago, posting a first place team score of 194.5 points at the 2017 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Calvin served as the host institution for Saturday's competition and finished 88.5 points clear of second place Hope.
"On paper this meet looked a lot closer than it ended up," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "I think our team was excited about competing in front their home fans and defending their title. We had individuals contributing across the board. I'm very pleased with how our women competed today."
The Knights picked up five individual league championships with junior Jenna Dyksen (Hawthorne, NJ/Hawthorne HS) winning three of the five.
Dyksen piled up 38 points for the Knights as she won league titles in the 200 meters (26.12), 60 meter hurdles (9.23) and triple jump (36-0 3/4) while placing second in the long jump (17-4 1/4). Her times in the 200 meters and 60 meter hurdles were both new MIAA (indoor) records as was her leap in the triple jump.
Sophomore Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor HS) had a big day for the Knights, winning the mile run in a meet-record time of 5:14.83 while also placing third in the 3,000 meters (10:32.38). Diekema led a 1-4-5 Calvin finish as junior Marissa McGahan (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) was fourth (5:27.34) and freshman Emma Schroer (Wheaton, Il./Wheaton Warrenville-South HS) fifth (5:27.35).
Freshman Annika Staal (Woodinville, Wash./Bellevue Christian HS) won the high jump with a league record height of 5-1 1/4.
Depth was a key for the Knights throughout the day as Calvin consistently scored in each event.
Dyksen was one of four Knights to score in the long jump as freshman Allison Rozell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) was fifth (16-4), junior Bethany Van Eck (Cliffton, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) sixth (15-11 1/4) and sophomore Madison Orth (Soldotna, Alaska/Cook Inlet Academy) seventh (15-11).
In the triple jump, Dyksen was part of a 1-4-5 Calvin finish as Orth was fourth (34-0 1/4) and sophomore Erin Van Lenten (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) fifth (33-9 1/2).
Staal led a 1-2-4 Calvin finish in the high jump as Van Eck was second (5-0 1/4) and Erin Van Lenten fourth (4-11).
Calvin piled up points in the throwing events as well. Senior Bethany Love (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood HS) was second with a season-best heave of 43-5 1/4 and senior Michael Meckes (Bay City, Mich./Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) third with a throw of 38-4 1/4. Love added a third place finish in the weight throw (51-5 3/4) while junior Stephanie Groenewold (Villa Park, Il./Timothy Christian HS) was fourth (46-3 1/4) and Meckes fifth (45-4 1/2).
Sophomore Annalane Miller (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) was sixth in the pole vault (9-10) and sophomore Kayla Van Lenten (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) seventh (9-6 1/4).
Calvin placed three in the 5,000 meters with senior Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, MN/St. Croix Preparatory HS) second (17:59.76), senior Hope Gaffner sixth (18:28.90) and freshman Kristen Lundberg (Albuquerque, NM/Hope Christian Academy) seventh (18:30.80).
Dyksen led a 1-5-8 Calvin finish in the 60 meter hurdles with Van Eck fifth (9.76) and Erin Van Lenten eighth (9.92).
Junior Anita VanderMeulen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Skyline HS) grabbed a fifth place finish in the 400 meters (1:01.35) and a seventh place finish in the 200 meters (27.18).
Freshman Jackie Amissah-Nunoo (Accra, Ghana/Akosombo International School) had a strong showing in the 60 meter dash, placing third in a time of 8.15.
Junior Caroline Boss (Charlevoix, Mich./Charlevoix HS) had a second place time of 2:19.95 in the 800 meters while freshman Margaret Van Wylen (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was sixth (2:29.34) and Schroer eighth (2:30.47).
Like Diekema, Strohbehn also doubled in the 3,000 meters, placing fifth (10:40.50) while freshman Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was seventh (10:40.74).
Calvin's distance medley relay team of McGahan, sophomore Selvi Bunce (Savage, Mn./Burnsville HS), freshman Leah Bishop (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Autumn Vonk (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West HS) took fourth (13:29.52) while Calvin's 4x400 meter relay team of Boss, junior Maggie LaLonde (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven HS), VanderMeulen and Bunce took fifth in a time of 4:17.92.