Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at Furniture City Classic

Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at Furniture City Classic

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The Calvin men's indoor track and field team put together a strong set of performances to take second at the Furniture City Classic Friday evening at the Cook Track and Field Complex on the campus of Aquinas College. Host Aquinas took first place with 185 points with Calvin second with 142 points, Davenport third with 126 points and Cornerstone fourth with 96 points.

Calvin took first place in six events and used solid depth to build up its second place point total.

Senior Erik Holstege (Keswick, VA/Monticello HS) was a double-winner for the Knights, winning the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.30 and the triple jump with a leap of 44-0 1/2. His time in the 60 meter hurdles places him 11th on the current NCAA III indoor track and field qualifying list.

Calvin had a powerful evening of distance performances which was kicked off by a dramatic win by sophomore Nathan VanHaitsma (Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) in the mile run as he kicked down a competitor in the final straightaway to win in a career-best time of 4:25.68.

In the 5,000 meters, Calvin flexed its muscles to sweep the top three spots as freshman Andrew Phillipose (Mount Prospect, IL/John Hersey HS) won hte 5,000 meters in a time of 15:22.56 followed by senior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) in second (15:24.26) and junior Jonathon Gingrich (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty HS) third (15:42.75).

In the 3,000 meters, Calvin again took the top three spots led by junior Ethan Anderson (Stillwater, MN/Stillwater Area HS) who took first (8:48.14) followed by sophomore Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) in second (8:56.09) and senior Stephen Tubergen (Mount Prospect, IL/John Hersey HS) in third (8:56.30).

In the 800 meters, freshman Ethan Valentine (Mason, OH) cruised to a first place time of 1:58.12.

Another notable achivement was turned in by junior Lucas Wolters (Vincennes, IN/South Knox HS) who took second with a season-best vault of 15-1.

Calvin will now prepare to host its own Calvin Invitational next Saturday inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.