Calvin - Women’s Track & Field Wins 27th-Staight MIAA Title
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OLIVET, Mich. – The Calvin women's track & field won the MIAA Field Day at Olivet on Friday afternoon. The Knights won their 27th-straight MIAA title with a two day score of 268.5 points, ahead of second-place Hope with 178.5 points. The streak is the longest winning streak in MIAA women's athletics history. The Knights won three events on Friday and four events during the two-day competition.
"We started off with a big day one," said head coach Bret Otte. "The league responded as well, they were also having some great performances. You never can predict how these things will go. We also had some ups and downs in day two. I am just very happy for the team, they accomplished some great things as a team."
The Knights started the day taking the four best jumps in the triple jump. Sophomore Jenna Dyksen won with a season-best jump of 11.23 meters. Freshman Madison Orth took second at 10.74 meters, junior Carissa Weis in third at 10.74 and senior Ayooluwa Ayoola in fourth place at 10.55 meters.
In the shot put, sophomore Bethany Love took second place with a throw of 13.17 meters. Her throw is the 18th-best this season in Division III, she also broke the school record in the hammer on Thursday. Senior Stacie Mead finished just behind in third place with a season-best throw of 12.12 meters. Junior Michaela Meckes finished in sixth place at 11.00 and senior Nicole Joseph in eighth place with a season-best throw of 10.44 meters.
Junior Carissa Weis scored for Calvin in the javelin throw, finishing in sixth place at 28.55 meters.
Calvin had three of the five fastest times in the 3000 meter steeplechase on Friday. Junior Autumn Vonk finished in second place career-best time of 11:55.40. In third place was senior Lora Huizingh at 11:58.15, her best time at Calvin College. Sophomore Marissa McGahan took fifth place at 12:15.27.
The Knights finished the 4x100 meter relay in second place. The team of Jenna Dyksen, sophomore Anita VanderMeulen, freshman Selvi Bunce and senior Maria Steblay recorded a 49.37 finish.
Calvin had three of the best times in the 1500 meter run at Olivet. Freshman Katherine Diekema tallied a second-place finish at 4:41.33. Senior McKenzie Diemer chalked up a fourth-place finish at 4:46.41, for her best time of the season. In fifth place was sophomore Caroline Boss at 4:50.45.
Jenna Dyksen finished second in the 100 meter hurdles with a season-best time 15.01. Maria Steblay was close behind in third place with a career-best time of 15.33. In eighth place was Madison Orth at 17.19.
The Knights picked up nine points in the 400 meter dash on Friday. Anita VanderMeulen crossed the finish in fourth place with a season-best time of 1:00.08 and Selvi Bunce followed in fourth place at 1:00.18, a career-best.
In the 800 meter run, Caroline Boss finished in second place with a season-best time of 2:18.16. McKenzie Diemer took fifth place at 2:23.73 and freshman Lindsey Fox was in sixth place at 2:25.11, a career record.
The Knights had the two-fastest times in the 400 meter hurdles. Jenna Dyksen won with a time of 1:03.09. Her first-place finish is her career-best and is the 14th-best in NCAA Division III. Senior Kally Verkaik had a career-best time in second place at 1:03.99.
Maria Steblay recorded a third-place finish in the 200 meter dash with a career-time of 26.54.
Senior Lauren Strohbehn was victorious in the 5000 meter run on Friday afternoon. Strohbehn clocked in a winning-time of 17:26.41. Sophomore Megan Murray finished in sixth place at 18:52.84.
The Knights finished the day taking second in the 4x400 meter relay. The team of Selvi Bunce, Anita VanderMeulen, Maria Steblay and Kally Verkaik crossed the line at 3:59.37.