VanHouten and Valentine Named MIAA's Most Outstanding Track and Field Performers

VanHouten and Valentine Named MIAA's Most Outstanding Track and Field Performers

Senior Ethan Valentine has been named the MIAA's Most Outstanding Runner in men's track and field while junior Brendan VanHouten has been named the MIAA's Most Outstanding Field Event Performer.

Valentine (Mason, Oh./William Mason HS) is receiving the award for the first time in outdoor track and field. He was the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner for indoor track and field in 2017.

Valentine helped the Calvin men's track and field team to its sixth consecutive MIAA title last weekend at the MIAA Championships, winning the 400 meters (48.76), taking fourth in the 200 meters (22.78) and anchoring Calvin's first place 4x400 meter relay team that clocked in with a time of 3:17.35. Valentine ran the anchor leg of the relay and made up a significant deficit in the final lap to win the relay race by less than two-tenths of a second.
His win in the 400 meters was his third consecutive MIAA outdoor 400 meter title.

VanHouten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) is receiving the award for the second straight year in outdoor track and field. He joins Nate Meckes (2003, 2005 & 2006) and Erik Holstege (2014 & 2015) as multi-year MIAA MOFP recipients from Calvin. At the MIAA Championships last week, VanHouten wracked up 22 points, winning the discus (143-6) and taking third in the shot put (45-0 1/2) and hammer throw (166-1). His discus title was his second straight win in the event.

In addition, Valentine and VanHouten have both been named to the All-MIAA men's outdoor track and field team with Valentine receiving the honor for the third consecutive year and VanHouten picking up the award for the second straight spring.

They are joined on the All-MIAA team from Calvin by senior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./John Hersey HS), senior Noah Buteyn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), juniors James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) and Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) and sophomores Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) and Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS).

Philipose captured the 5,000 meter run at the MIAA Championships with a time of 15:10.40. It was his first MIAA outdoor title in the event and marks the second straight spring he has been named to the All-MIAA team.

Buteyn is making his third straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. He was the the MIAA champion last week in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.52. He also ran on Calvin's first place 4x400 mete relay team. Peterson also ran on Calvin's first place 4x400 meter relay team and added a fourth place finish in the 800 meters (1:58.80). He is receiving All-MIAA honors for the second straight spring.

Jeinga is making his second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. He was a member of Calvin's first place 4x400 mete relay and took second in the 800 meter run (1:56.76).

Ferguson is also a repeat All-MIAA selection. At the MIAA Championships last Friday, he repeated as MIAA champion in the steeplechase, winning the race in a time of 9:32.31.

Johnson is making his first appearance on the All-MIAA team. He was the MIAA champion in the 1500 meters last Friday with a time of 4:06.10.