Calvin Men's Track and Field Has Strong Showings at GVSU and Aquinas Invitationals
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, - The Calvin men's track and field team had strong showings at the Aquinas College Little Meet and Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday.
Calvin was represented at the Grand Valley State Big Meet by members of its distance squad as well as senior sprinter Ethan Valentine.
In the 5,000 meter run, senior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./John Hersey HS) had a time of 14:57.47. Senior Mark DeJong (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) followed in 15:12.03 with sophomore Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) clocking in with a time of 15:14.40. Freshman Jonathan Ellis (Baltimore, Md./Towson HS) was close behind in 15:17.68.
Valentine took seventh in the 400 meter dash with a season-best time of 48.80. The time places him 14th on the NCAA III performance list.
At the Aquinas College Little Meet, Calvin swept the top three spots in a pair of events. In the 800 meters, senior Noah Buteyn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took first in a time of 1:59.41 with junior James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) second (1:59.46) and junior Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) third (2:01.57).
Calvin took the top three spots in the 60 meter hurdles as well with senior Chase Rohrer (Ludington, Mich./Ludington HS) winning in a time of 8.81 while junior Alex Williams (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead HS) was second (8.92) and sophomore David Byl (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) third (8.93).
The Knights placed three in the top four of the pole vault with senior Jacob Stout (Escondido, Ca./Escondido Calvin Christian HS) taking second (14-3 1/4), senior Devin Schweigert (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) placing third (13-9 1/4) and sophomore Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) taking fourth (13-3 1/2).
Junior Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian HS) was second in the long jump (21-10) and triple jump (41-7 3/4) while placing fourth in the 60 meter dash (7.38).
Junior Brendan VanHouten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was second in the shot put (45-5) and weight throw (48-1 1/4).
Calvin took three of the top four spots in the 400 meter dash with junior Josh VanDyk (Tinley Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) second (53.66), junior Marcus James (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) third (54.03) and freshman Matthew Blanker (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) fourth (54.32).
Calvin's 4x400 meter relay team of James, Jeninga, Blanker and senior Hendrik Vermeulen (Bright's Grove, Ont./St. Patrick's Secondary School( was second in a time of 3:36.49.