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