Calvin - Bid for MIAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Title Comes up Just Short for Knights

Calvin - Bid for MIAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Title Comes up Just Short for Knights

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ANGOLA, Ind. - Calvin's bid for the win at the MIAA Indoor Men's Track and Field Championships came up just a few points short on Saturday as the Knights took second with 166.5 points Saturday at Trine University.

Calvin finished just 4.5 points behind league champion Trine. The Knights held a slim 2.5 point lead heading into the final event of the meet - the 4x400 meter relay but needed to finish within one place of Trine to hold on for the title. Trine won the race however with a time of 3:23.59 to grab 10 points while Calvin took sixth with a time of 3:33.75 for three points, giving the Thunder a seven-point swing and the win.

"I really could not have asked more from my team," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "We competed hard across the board and put ourselves in a position to win the meet but came up just a little shy of where we needed to be. Trine has an outstanding team and hat's off to their squad. They are deserving champions."

Calvin took first place in seven of a possible 16 events on Saturday.

Senior Eric Jipping (Canton/Plymouth Christian HS) won the shot put with a throw of 48-5 while senior Lucas Wolters (Vincennes, Ind./South Knox HS) led a one-two finish in the pole vault, winning with a vault of 15-3 while junior Nathan Marcus (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was second (14-2) and sophomore Jacob Stout (Escondido, CA/Escondido Calvin Christian HS) seventh (13-1).

Calvin's distance medley relay team of senior Matt Oram (Toledo, OH/Toledo Christian HS), freshman Luke Peterson (Holland/Holland Christian HS), sophomore Hendrik VerMeulen (Bright's Grove, Ont./St. Patrick's Secondary) and junior Nate Van Haitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) provided an early meet highlight, winning the race in a time of 10:29.92, finishing just ahead of Hope's second place squad that came in at 10:30.12.

Sophomore Ethan Valentine (Mason, Oh./William Mason HS) provided fireworks in the 400 meters, winning the race in a time of 49.29 which places her 14th on the current NCAA III Indoor Track and Field performance list.

Calvin was able to gain an early advantage as senior Ethan Anderson (Stillwater, MN/Stillwater HS) took first place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:06.68 while junior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) was second (15:21.13), sophomore Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, IL/John Hersey HS) third (15:22.47) and sophomore Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) seventh (15:51.53).

In the 3,000 meters, Philipose was part of a 1-2-4-5 Calvin finish as Philipose won the race in a time of 8:51.37 while Kramer was second (8:55.34), freshman Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) fourth (8:56.25) and junior Zach Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) fifth (8:58.21).

In the mile run, senior Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) was second (4:18.77) while Nowicki was fifth (4:25.58), Koeman fifth (4:25.78) and junior Jonathan Schaap (Mahomet, IL/Mahomet-Seymour HS) eighth (4:29.29).

Sophomore Jeremiah Stout (Escondido, CA/Escondido Calvin Christian HS) added a fourth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles (9.03) while sophomore James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) was fourth in the 800 meters (1:57.08).

Calvin also performed well in the jumps. Freshman Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian) was third in the long jump (21-5) and fourth in the triple jump (42-9). Junior Jeiel Burrell (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was third in the triple jump (43-0) and high jump (6-1) and sixth in the long jump (20-7).

In the weight throw, freshman Brendan VanHouten (Comstock Park/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was third (50-2) and Jipping sixth (46-2).


Trine 171

Calvin 166.5

Albion 86

Hope 77

Trine 61

Alma 56

Olivet 23