Calvin Women's Track & Field Finish Fourth At MIAA Championships

Calvin Women's Track & Field Finish Fourth At MIAA Championships

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's Track and Field team placed fourth at the MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with 92 points on Saturday evening at the Alksnis facility on the campus of Aquinas College. 

Finishing in fourth place for the Distance Medley Relay was the team of sophomore Jena Gaffner, senior Alyssa Roels, sophomore Emma Schroer and freshman Brynne Winiarski with a time of 13:44.20. 

In the 60-Meter Dash, sophomore Renee Miller claimed the eighth place spot sprinting to a time of 8.29. Miller also finished in second place in the long jump leaping a distance of 17-5 ¾. 

Freshman Tanya Visser took sixth place in the Shot Put heaving a throw of 36-1 ½. 

The women claimed three of the top eight spots in the 5000-Meter Run. Finishing in fourth was junior Michelle Koetje with a time of 18:43.15. Senior Breanna Kooiman took sixth place with a 19:21.14. Claiming seventh place was senior Maria Kuiper 19:32.63.

In the Triple Jump, junior Allison Rozell finished in second place hitting a mark of 34-9 ½. 

In the High Jump, junior Annika Staal soared to a height of 4-9 to tie for fifth place. Junior Sarah DeVries tied for seventh place with a jump of 4-9. Although they both cleared the same height, Staal cleared it in one less attempt than DeVries.

Finishing third in the Weight Throw was freshman Waverly VerHill with a toss of 45-1 ¾. Visser claimed the sixth spot with a distance of 43-2 ¼. 

Wining the Mile was senior Katie Diekema recording a time of 5:07.50. Finishing in third place was freshman Sadie Heeringa with a 5:19.59. 

In the 800-Meter Dash, Diekema finished second in a narrow race with a time of 217.40, coming in less than a second behind Trine's Evonne Bultmeyer. 

Calvin claimed two of the top eight spots in the 3000-Meter Run. Heeringa finished in third place with a time of 10:41.06. Koetje took the sixth spot with a 11:06.20.

Closing out the meet with 4x400, Calvin finished in fifth place. The team of Diekema, sophomore Hattie Greydanus, Kuiper and sophomore Annie Needs recorded a time of 4:25.78. 

Head coach Bret Otte stated, "The women's conference was the toughest I've ever seen it. I thought we competed hard. On paper before the meet we had our team pegged for about 76 points and yet we scored 16 points higher. We will continue to work hard and build for the rest of the season to improve."

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.