Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at Carnegie Mellon Spire Institute Invitational

Calvin Men's Track and Field Takes Second at Carnegie Mellon Spire Institute Invitational

GENEVA, Oh. - The Calvin men's indoor track and field team had a strong showing at the Carnegie Mellon Division III Invitational on Saturday at the Spire Institute Academy. Competing in a field of 13 teams, Calvin posted a second place team score of 80 points.

In the men's competition, Calvin collected points from a handful of field event competitors.

Freshman Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) was fifth in the pole vault (13-6 1/2).

Sophomore Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian HS) was fifth in the long jump (20-1 3/4).  Sophomore Brendan Van Houten (Comstock Park, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) was sixth in the weight throw (46-10 3/4).

Senior Jeiel Burrell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Nathan Van Wyhe (Frankfort, Il.) tied for second in the high jump at a height of 6-3 1/4.

In the 60 meter hurdles, junior Chase Rohrer (Ludington, Mich./Ludington HS) took fifth (8.95). In the 400 meter dash, sophomore Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was eighth (51.89).

In the distance events, Calvin picked up a pile of points. Senior Jordan Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) led a 1-2-4 Calvin finish as he claimed the win in a time of 14:58.93. Junior Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) was second (15:32.08) and senior Matthew Plantinga (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was fourth (16:07.35).

In the mile run, freshman Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) was second (4:22.44), senior Jonathan Schaap (Mahomet, Il./Mahomet-Seymour HS) fourth (4:23.30) and senior Nathan Van Haitsma (Olympia, Wash./Olympia HS) fifth (4:23.94).

The highlight of the meet however came in the 4x400 meter relay as the quartet of junior Noah Buteyn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), sophomore James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS), Peterson and senior Nathan Anderson (Milan, Mich./Milan HS) took first place with a time of 3:25.15, edging the relay from Rochester University by a hundreth of a second.

"I was very pleased with our performances today, said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "I thought our team competed very hard. Our distance runners in particular had a great afternoon and our 4x400 meter relay really closed out the meet in a big way. We are missing several athletes who are studying off campus for our (January) interim term but I thought we built great momentum for our season moving forward. When we return our entire team the first week of February, it should be an exciting time for our program and season.

Calvin returns to action next Saturday, competing at the GVSU Mike Lints Invitational.