Posted: Feb 24, 2018
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Calvin men's indoor track and field team claimed its second consecutive MIAA indoor title, taking first place at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a team score of 173.5 points.
Calvin finished 28.5 points ahead of host Trine to win the league crown. The Knights won six events on Saturday but it was the performance of Calvin's shot put throwers that got the momentum rolling early in the morning.
Sophomore Jayvin Wolfe (Middleton, Mich./Fulton HS) took second in the shot put with a career-best indoor throw of 46-9. Junior Brendan VanHouten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) also added valuable points with a fourth place throw of 46-1.
Later in the meet, VanHouten won the weight throw with a heave of 54-3. Freshman Bryce Reynolds (Byron Center, Mich./South Christian HS) also had a big performance, placing fifth with a throw of 46-7 while Wolfe was seventh with a toss of 45-3.
Senior Ethan Valentine (Mason, Oh./William Mason HS) won the men's indoor 400 meter crown for the third straight year, clocking in with a time of 49.10. He also placed third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.74.
Valentine anchored Calvin's 4x400 meter relay to a win in a time of 3:22.72. Junior James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) led off the relay followed by junior Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS), senior Noah Buteyn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Valentine.
Calvin rolled up big points in the mile run as the Knights took four of the top six spots. Senior Mark DeJong repeated as league champion, winning the race in a time of 4:23.11. Sophomore Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) was second (4:23.12), sophomore Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) fourth (4:26.57) and freshman Micah Meindertsma (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia HS) sixth (4:33.56).
Johnson was also second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:00.10 while Ferguson was eighth (9:21.60).
Calvin also piled up points in the 800 meters with Buteyn taking second (2:00.53), senior Hendrik Vermeulen (Bright's Grove, Ont./St. Patrick's Secondary School) taking third (2:00.70) and Jeninga taking fourth (2:01.09).
In the 5,000 meters, Calvin took three of the top four spots led by senior Andrew Philipose (Mount Prospect, Il./John Hersey HS) who won the race in a time of 15:12.27. Sophomore Addison Smith (Seoul, South Korea/Seoul Foreign School) was third (15:35.15) and freshman Jonathan Ellis (Baltimore, Md./Towson HS) fourth (15:37.14).
In the 60 meter hurdles, senior Chase Rohrer (Ludington, Mich./Ludington HS) was fifth (8.77) while sophomore David Byl (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was sixth (8.80).
Calvin's distance medley relay team of Vermeulen, sophomore Jacob Veenstra (North Haledon, NJ/Eastern Christian HS), VanDyk and freshman Noah Cummisford (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead HS) was third in a time of 10:49.16.
Sophomore Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) repeated as league champion in the pole vault, winning with a height of 14-4. Senior Jacob Stout (Escondido, Ca./Escondido Calvin Christian HS) was sixth (13-8) and senior Devin Schweigert (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) was eighth (13-0).
In the long jump, sophmore Nathan Van Wyhe (Frankfort, Il./Lincoln-Way East HS) was third (21-9) and junior Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian HS) fifth (21-7). Van Wyhe added a seventh place finish in the high jump (6-1) while Barents was fourth in the triple jump (42-7).
"I am extremely proud of our guys," said Calvin head track and field coach Bret Otte. "We finished ahead of some very talented teams today and I think that is what makes this championship very special. The other special part of this championship is that it was a true team effort. We had contributions all over our lineup. I thought we showed up ready to compete and our throwers once again really got us moving in the right direction. It was very much like the script we used to win the (indoor) title last year and the rest of our team continued to ride that momentum."
Saturday's MIAA Championships were held at Trine University. It marked the third MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships competition as the sport was introduced into the MIAA in 2016.
MIAA MEN'S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD TEAM SCORES