Calvin Women's Track and Field Team Takes Second at MIAA Championships

Calvin Women's Track and Field Team Takes Second at MIAA Championships

ADRIAN, Mich. - The longest active championship streak in MIAA women's athletics history came to an end on Friday afternoon as the Calvin women's track and field team took second place at the MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Calvin posted a team score of 174.5 points, finishing 4.5 points behind first place Hope. Hope's title ends Calvin's 28-year reign as MIAA champions.

Trailing by 10.5 points heading into the day, Calvin made a bid for the title but came up just short as the Knights and the rest of the competition battled through stormy weather conditions throughout the day.

Senior Jenna Dyksen (Hawthorne, NJ/Hawthorne HS) concluded her MIAA career in strong fashion, winning the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 14.39, one day after winning the MIAA title in the long jump. The hurdles title marks the third outdoor crown in four years for Dyksen in the event. She also finished second in the 200 meters (25.94) and placed third in the triple jump (35-8 3/4).

Junior Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor HS) took home a league title in the 1500 meters, winning in a time of 4:48.45 while placing second in the 5,000 meters (17:35.44).

Senior Kayla Van Lenten (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) led a point brigade in the pole vault, winning the event with a vault of 10-0. Freshman Brooke Van Lenten (Hawthorne, NJ./Eastern Christian HS) was third (10-4), freshman Joselyn Smith (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West HS) sixth (10-0) and junior Annalane Miller (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) seventh (9-8).

Brooke Van Lenten led another Calvin surge in the javelin, taking second with a throw of 125-7. Sophomore Allison Rozell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) was third (120-1), freshman Annaka Ediger (Hudsonville, Mich./Hamilton HS) fifth (111-10) and sophomore Annaka Staal (Woodinville, Wash./Bellevue Christian HS) seventh (103-8).

Junior Erin Van Lenten (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) was sixth in the triple jump (33-7.5) with Rozell seventh (33-3).

Sophomore Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took fourth in the 5,000 meters (17:58.21), doing so just over 24 hours after finishing second in the 10,000 meters.

Senior Hattie Greydanus (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) had a strong day, placing fourth in the 800 meters (2:23.10) and sixth in the 1500 (4:59.48). Sophomore Sarah Ball (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) was seventh in the 800 meters (2:25.41).

Calvin took three of the top six spots in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with freshman Angeline Needs (Peru, Il./Saint Bede Academy) taking third (11:56.15), sophomore Emma Schroer (Wheaton, Il./Wheaton Warrenville South HS) taking fourth (12:02.34) and junior Breanna Kooiman (Tinley Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) placing sixth (12:03.74).

Sophomore Margaret VanWylen (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) took eighth in the 400 meters (1:03.01) while freshman Madison Brink (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) took fourth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:11.62).

Calvin's 4x100 meter relay team of Dyksen, freshman Renee Miller (Marlette, Mich./Marlette HS), freshman Patience Buckley (Smithville Flats, NY/Susquehanna Valley HS) and Brooke Van Lenten took fifth in a time of 51.28.

In the 4x400 meter relay, Calvin's team of Ball, Brink, Diekema and Dyksen took fifth with a time of 4:19.37.

"We had a strong effort today," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "We had a few ups and a few downs but the thing that was consistent is that we stayed together and competed hard. We made a run at first place and came up a little short."

Calvin will now prepare to compete in a series of last-chance meets.