Calvin Men's Track and Field Hosts Calvin Invitational
Provided by GVSU
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin College Invitational was held at the Sturrus Indoor Track inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center on Saturday on Calvin's campus. Other teams joining the Knights included Albion, Aquinas, Hope, and Siena Heights.
The Calvin men, looking toward the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in a month, had a number of strong performances, especially in the distance events.
The Knights opened up the meet with a first-place finish as senior Erik Holstege won the long jump with a leap of 22' 2½". Holstege also claimed first in the triple jump with a final jump of 44" 7½".
Sophomore David Dadzie took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 41'6", then took fifth in the weight throw with a distance of 42" 4¼".
The pole vault saw sophomore Nathan Marcus tie for third at 13' 6".
Freshman Jon Cok claimed second in the high jump at 6' 5".
In the track events, the Knights took third in the 4x200 relay, with the team of Cole Evans, Holstege, Alex Karr, and Marcus James finishing in 1:35.54.
In the 3000 meters, Calvin took nine of the top ten sports. Senior Stephen Haagsma led the way with a time of 8:40.82. Sophomore Jordan Kramer took third in 8:52.80 while senior Josh Ferguson took fourth in 8:53.35.
Holstege continued his strong day in the 60 meter hurdles, taking first in 8.45.
In the 400 meter dash, freshman Ethan Valentine fittingly took first, running in a time of 49.43.
In the 200 meter dash, sophomore Joel Brouwer took fourth in 23.58, followed closely by freshman teammate Joel Ooms in fifth at 23.73.
Senior Stephen Tubergen won the one mile run in a time of 4:26.35, with junior Matt Oram taking third in 4:30.35 and sophomore Jonathan Schaap fourth in 4:31.28.
The Knights finished strong, earning first in the 4x400 relay. The team of Valentine, Brouwer, freshman Noah Buteyn, and Ooms finished in 3:29.05.
"Jon Cok had a really nice day in the high jump, Stephen Haagsma had a nice race in the 3000 meter, Erik Holstege won the 60 meter hurdles and raced last night at Grand Valley, then Jordan Kramer had a breakthrough in the 3000, breaking nine minutes and setting a 20-second personal best" said head coach Bret Otte. "When you get an interesting mix of schools – NAIA and NCAA DIII – it comes out to a nice balanced meet, and I think we accomplished that."
Calvin now looks forward to next Saturday when it will travel to nearby Allendale to take part in the GVSU Tune-Up Invite.