Alma - Track and Field performs at Calvin Tune-Up
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Grand Rapids, Mich. - The Alma College track and field team performed in the two day meet on the campus of Calvin College on Friday and Saturday (April 29-30). Three Scots earned a first place finish in their respective events.
Senior Adam Sanchez (Alma, Mich./Alma) took first out of 24 total runners in the mens 800 meter run with a final time of 1:55.21. Senior Jamey Paron (Saginaw, Mich./PEAC School for Elite Athletes) was the other male first place finisher in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Paron finished with a time of 11:13.11
Sophomore Chelse Van Spronsen (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) was the only athlete on the women's side to record a first place finish. Von Spronsen finished first in the women's 3000, finishing with a time of 11:50.59.
On Friday (April 29) junior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich./Jackson Northwest) participated in the Hillsdale College Gina Relays in preparation for the track and field nationals competing in the Championship 500 meter run. Arnold was one of four Division III women to make the race finishing 23rd out of 31. Arnold broke her own record in the process with a time of 17:11.86 improving her old record by over 12 seconds that was set at Defiance College earlier this season. Her time is currently #17 n the nation and the top 21 in the nation will make the field when they qualifying period closes later in May.
The Calvin Tune Up was the last event for the Alma College track and field team before they compete in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) field day. The field day will take place at Olivet College on May 5-6.
Head Coach Matt Chovanec
"I am very pleased about where we are at going into the MiAA Field Day. Now we have to take all the training and experiences we have gained throughout the season and turn them in to championship performances. This is the best time of the season. I know our teams are looking forward to the challenge that awaits."