MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD WEEKEND UPDATE

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD WEEKEND UPDATE

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD WEEKEND UPDATE
Provided by Calvin

WHEATON, IL -- The comeback trail continued for Calvin junior Julie Bratt Friday night at the Wheaton Twilight, Invitational. A native of Lynden, Washington, Bratt set a new school record in the triple jump on Friday night while posting an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark in the process. Bratt claimed first place in the triple jump with a leap of 37-5 1/2, breaking the previous Calvin record of 37-3 set by Lorilyn Vogel in 2006. A graduate of Lynden Christian High School, Bratt also cranked out a season-best mark of 17-4 1/2 in taking third place in the long jump.

A two-time All-MIAA selection, Bratt suffered a serious knee injury near the end of the 2006 season as a freshman and spent her sophomore year attempting to regain her earlier form.

Bratt's jumps on Friday night helped the Calvin women's track and field team claim first place at the 12-team invitational with 208.5 points, finishing more than 70 points ahead of defending indoor national champion Illinois Wesleyan.

Bratt's jumps were part of a banner night for the Calvin women's team as the Knights posted several NCAA III provisional or automatic qualifying marks. Coming up with NCAA III automatic qualifying times for Calvin were senior Sarah Wittingen (East Grand Rapids HS) and junior Lauren Begstrom (Rochester, MN) with Wittingen doing so with a first place time of 1:01.78 in the 400 meter hurdles and Bergstrom doing so in the 1500 metes with a time of 4:32.41.

NCAA III provisional qualifying marks were turned in by sophomore Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the discus (143-8), sophomore Heather Koning (Kalamazoo Christian HS) in the 400 meters (57.04), junior Calah Schlabach (St. Michaels, AZ) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:06.68), sophomore Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:10.11) and senior Christina Overbeck (Seattle, WA) in the 5,000 meters (17:18.95). In addition, Calvin's 4x400 meter relay of Bergstrom, junior Kristen VanSickel (Pittsburgh, PA), Koning and Wittingen posted an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 3:50.72.

Other notables included an outdoor season-best mark of 5-3 3/4 by freshman Rebekah VanDyk (Bellflower, CA) in the high jump, a season-best throw of 39-3 3/4 by junior Ashley Glover (Northview HS) in the shot put, a season-best jump of 17-1 1/4 by sophomore Amanda Leese in the long jump, a season-best mark of 127-8.by freshman Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN) in the discus, a career-best throw of 110-3 by freshman Kim Wigboldy (Chandler, AZ) in the javelin, a season-best time of 59.46 by VanSickel in the 400 meters and a career-best time of 11:44.13 by junior Anne Fennema (Brookfield, WI) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

On the men's side, Calvin took second in a field of 12 teams with a team score of 149 points, finishing 44 points behind first place North Central College. Junior Nate DeHaan (South Christian HS) was one of the big stories for the Knights as he took first place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with an NCAA III provisional qualifying and season-best time of 9:17.86.

Also posting an NCAA III provisional qualifying time for the Knights was senior Jared Cok (Bozeman, MT) who took third in the 400 meters with a time of 48.23. In addition, junior Jed Christiansen (Greenville, PA) had a provisional qualifying time of 14:44.10 in the 5,000 meters while junior teammate Erik VanKampen (Elmhurst, IL) just missed a provisional time, clocking in with a time of 14:48.17. In addition, senior Ryan Jensen (Grand Rapids Northview HS) took first place in the hammer throw with an NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 174-9.

Other notables included sophomore Nate Musch (Ann Arbor Huron HS) taking second in the 110 high hurdles (15.92), sophomore Zach VanderLaan (Holt Central Lutheran HS) taking fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 57.60, sophomore George Visser (Chicago, IL) taking second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:36.15), a fourth place finish in the pole vault with a season-best effort of 14-3 1/4 by freshman Eric Michel (Naperville, IL), a third place mark in the javelin with a career-best throw of 140-10 by freshman Shane Pluger (McBain Northern Michigan Christian HS) and a season-best time of 1:55.66 by freshman Alex Wrobel in the 800 meters that was good for second place.

Wrobel then joined senior Joel Baker (Kalamazoo Christian HS), junior Brad STroner (Lakewood-Lake Odessa HS) and Cok to finish fourth in the 4x400 meter relay with a season-best time of 3:20.03.

Both Calvin teams will now prepare to compete at the Grand Rapids Twilight Invitational on Wednesday evening at Houseman Field with action set to start at 5:00 p.m.

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