Calvin Women's Track and Field Team Put Up National Times At Carnegie Mellon Invitational
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GENEVA, Oh. - The Calvin women's indoor track and field team put together a strong showing Saturday afternoon at the Carnegie Mellon Division III Invitational Saturday at the Spire Institute.
Competing in a field of 12 Division III schools, Calvin placed fourth with a team score of 76 points.
Senior Jenna Dyksen (Hawthorne, NJ/Hawthorne HS) led the Knights with a pair of sterling performances, winning the 60 meter hurdles (8.97) and 200 meter dash (25.96). Dyken's time in the 60 meter hurdles was a career-best and currently ranks fourth on the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field performance list. Her winning time in the 200 meters was also a career-best and currently ranks 20th on the NCAA III indoor performance list.
In the mile run, Calvin went 1-2-5 led by junior Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Ingelmoor HS) who captured the race in a career-best time of 5:02.19 that currently ranks third on the NCAA III indoor performance list. Sophomore Emma Schroer (Wheaton, Il./Wheaton-Warrenville South HS) had a career-best time of 5:22.22 that was good for second place while sophomore Sarah Ball (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) was fifth in a time of 5:28.66.
In the 5,000 meter run, sophomore Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) won the race in a career-best indoor time of 18:10.09 that currently ranks 24th on the NCAA III indoor performance list. Junior Breanna Kooiman (Tinley Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) was third (18:53.35), senior Katie McLain (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian HS) fourth (19:07.62) and junior Catherine Croft (Grand Rapids, Mich./Coopersville HS) sixth (19:30.80).
Sophomore Allison Rozell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) also scored in the long jump, taking fourth with a leap of 15-9.
"We really had a great day as a team," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "I could go up and down our lineup but we had great performances from so many different individuals. It was exciting to compete in an incredible indoor (Spire Institute) facility against strictly Division III competition. There was a lot of energy generated by our team today and I like the way we are moving forward."
Calvin will compete at the University of Findlay Classic next Friday and Saturday with a handful of athletes also scheduled to compete at the Mike Lints Invitational next Saturday at Grand Valley State University.