Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at MIAA Jamboree

Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at MIAA Jamboree

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ALMA - The Calvin men's track and field team had a strong showing at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Alma College on Saturday, taking second place with 820 points, just 18.5 points behind first place Hope.

Saturday's MIAA Jamboree featured a true team scoring format with up to 21 places scoring points in each event. In the past, the MIAA Jamboree would count towards one-half of the final league standings but beginning this year, the MIAA Jamboree does not count towards the final league standings. Only the upcoming MIAA Championship meet will determine the league standings this year. Alma will also host the MIAA Championships on May 1 and 2.

Calvin had several sterling performances on Saturday with senior Philip Spitzer (Kingsley/Buckley HS) winning the 10,000 meters in a season-best time of 31:50 with junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) right behind in second with a tiem of 31:54.

In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, junior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) was second in a season-best time of 9:29.62.

One of the big highlights of the day came in the 4x100 meter relay as the Calvin quartet of sophomore Cole Evans (Chicago, IL/Walther Lutheran HS), junior Erik Holstege (Keswick, VA/Monticello HS), sophomore Alex Karr (Madison, WI/James Madison HS), and sophomore Joel Brouwer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) surprised the field with a first place time of 42.83.

Freshman Blake DeGroot (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) took second in the 400 meters (50.24) while Holstege claimed a win in the 110 high hurdles (15.14). Holstege also placed fifth in the high jump (5-10123-) and third on the long jump (21-4 1/4).

Field events were a strength for the Knights as sophomore Eric Jipping (Canton/Plymouth Christian HS) won the shot put (49-7) with sophomore David Dadzie (Accra Ghana/Ghana International HS) third (41-11 1/2). Dadzie was second in the javelin (158-11) while senior Ben de Waal Malefyt (Midland Park, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) won the discus (148-4). Senior Andrew Dykstra (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) was third in the discus (123-9) while sophomore Lucas Wolters (Vincennes, IN/South Knox HS) was second in the pole vault (14-5 1/4).

"We had a very good day of competition," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "I think across the board we competed well and it was great to see a number of our athletes come up with personal best efforts. The encouraging thing to me is that this team can get even better and we are headed in the right direction."

Calvin returns to action next Saturday when it competes at the Grand Valley State Invitational.