Calvin Men's Track and Field Builds First Place Lead Through Day One at MIAA Championships

Calvin Men's Track and Field Builds First Place Lead Through Day One at MIAA Championships

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's track and field team has built a team score of 83 points through one day of competition at the MIAA Championships at Zuidema Field.

The Knights hold a 39-point lead over Trine University.

Calvin claimed a pair of MIAA individual titles on Thursday as sophomore Brendan Van Houten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) won the shot put with a season-best toss of 47-4 1/4 while junior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./John Hersey HS) took first in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:34.56.

Van Houten's win came on the heels of an indoor conference championship this past February in the shot put. His winning throw on Thursday was a career-best by more than a foot and was part of a 1-3 Calvin finish in the event as freshman Jayvin Wolfe (Middleton, Mich./Fulton HS) was third with a career-best throw of 44-10 1/4. Wolfe's winning throw was a career-best by more than two-and-a-half feet.

Philipose led a 1-3-5-8 Calvin finish in the 10K with senior Andrew Rylaarsdam (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) taking third (32:49.70), senior Robbie Holman (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) taking fifth (32:58.09) and senior Matt Plantinga (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) taking eighth (33:08.73).

The field events were a strength for the Knights on Thursday as they went 2-3-4 in the pole vault an 2-4 in the javelin.

Freshman Jordan Jorritsma (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was second in the javelin (143-2) and senior Erick Holder (Marian, Ind./Eastbrook HS) fourth (139-7).

In the pole vault, freshman Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) was nipped for first place on fewer misses but still finished second with a vault of 14-9. Junior Jacob Stout (Escondido, Ca./Escondido Calvin Christian HS) was third (14-1 1/4) while junior Devin Schweigert (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) was fourth (13-7 1/4).

Action continues on Friday with field events set to begin at 10 a.m. and running events scheduled to start at 1 p.m.