Calvin Men's Track & Field Claim Third-Straight MIAA Championship Title

Calvin Men's Track & Field Claim Third-Straight MIAA Championship Title

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's Track and Field team claimed its third straight MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championship team title with 153 points on Saturday evening at the Alksnis facility. 

Finishing in fourth place in the Distance Medley Relay was the team of sophomore Charlie Kornoelje, junior Sam Veenstra, senior Jacob Buday and freshman Morrison Ismond with a time of 10:53.61.

In the Long Jump, freshman Jack Kim soared to a distance of 22-9 ¼.

Calvin claimed the top two spots in the Weight Throw. Winning was senior Brendan VanHouten with a toss of 56-6 followed by sophomore Bryce Reynolds with a 56-1 ¾.

The Calvin men dominated the 5000-Meter Run claiming four out of the top five spots, including the three fastest times. Winning was senior Jamison Koeman crossing the finish line in a time of 15:31.58. Finishing in second was sophomore Jonathan Ellis recording a 15:33.86. Taking the third spot was junior Addison Smith with a time of 15:41.42. Sophomore Micah Meindertsma fourth in 15:44.32 as he nearly caught Trines Jack Beakas who ran a 15:44.28.

Similar to the 5000-Meter Run, Calvin had a strong showing in the Mile as they claimed four out of the top five spots. Crossing the line first was junior Tyler Johnson recording a time of 4:23.44. Claiming third through fifth was freshman Ryan Vreeke with a 4:25.68, junior Caleb Ferguson with a 4:28.36 and Justin Varineau with a 4:28.61. 

In the Shot Put, VanHouten finished in second place with a heap of 49- ¼. Reynolds finished in 7thplace with 42-11 ¾.

Winning the 800-Meter Run was senior James Jeninga running a time of 1:56.44. Senior Luke Peterson claimed the third place spot with a 1:58.36. Taking 7thplace was sophomore Matthew Blanker with a 2:01

In the Pole Vault, junior Jonathan Walt vaulted to a height of 13-11 ¼ to claim the third place spot. 

Calvin dominating in distance events on the day, the men claimed three out of the top four spots in the 3000-Meter Run. It was a close finish as Johnson edged out Trines Jonathan Phillips by .05 winning with a time of 8:48.83. Justin Varineau took third place with an 8:52.97. Claiming the fourth place position was Ellis with an 8:53. 

In the Triple Jump, senior Lee Barents took fifth place with a jump of 42- 1 ¼. 

Closing out the meet with 4x400, Calvin finished in third place. The team of freshman Matthew Vos, Blanker, Peterson and Jeninga recorded a time of 3:28.02. 

Head coach Bret Otte touched on the men's win. "It was a back-and-forth battle and effort by a lot of different people and a lot of different groups. I have to salute our distance group. That 3000-meter performance really iced our team win. From throws to jumps to middle distance. Our 4x400 team really put together a solid performance to take third behind two very fast teams. It's a day like today where you sit back and think we are really blessed to have young people like this on our team."

The Knights return to action on Friday as a small group of athletes are set to compete at the Ohio Northern Polar Bear Invite for one last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boston, Mass.