Men’s Track & Field Opens Oakland Invite

Men’s Track & Field Opens Oakland Invite

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Calvin men's track and field team opened competition at the Oakland Golden Grizzly Invitational on Friday.

Freshman Micah Meindertsma (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) finished fifth in the 1500-meter run open at 4:16.98.

Senior Jeremiah Stout (Escondido, Calif./Escondido Calvin Christian) was the fastest Knight in the 110-meter hurdles open in sixth place at 16.50.

Junior Jacob Buday (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) clocked in at 54.14 in the 400-meter dash.

Sophomore Sam Veenstra (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) was the second-fastest runner in the 400-meter dash at Oakland at 56.39. Mark Bekhet finished at 1:01.59.

The Knights posted the second-fastest time in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of junior James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wis./Milwaukee Lutheran), junior Josh VanDyk (Tinley Park, Ill./Chicago Christian), junior Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) and junior Marcus James (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) finished at 3:36.77.

In the 800 meters, the Knights posted a 1-2 finish with Jeninga winning the race with a time of 1:55.59 while Peterson was second in 1:56.44.

The Knights also posted a 1-2 finish in the pole vault with senior Devin Schweigert (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) winning with a height of 12-6 1/4 while sophomore Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville Christian HS) finished second by judges' decision with a vault of 12-6 1/4. 

The Calvin men shined in the 5000-meter run on Friday. Freshman Justin Varineau (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) was the fastest non-Division I runner at 15:22.35. Senior Matt Boelens (Bolton, Mass./Nashoba Regional) was second in the open race at 15:40.96 and sophomore Jacob Pettinga (Saugatuck, Mich./Saugatuck) finished third at 15:44.02.

In the 10,000 meters, junior Jonathan Randall (Hopkington, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) was second (33:37.84), freshman Chris McWain (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS) third (33:44.92) and sophomore Ryan VanAppeldorn (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) fourth (34:15.47). 

In the long jump, sophomore Nathan Van Wyhe (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) finished second in the open competition at 6.44 meters (21-1 1/2).

Sophomore Christopher Visser (Fremont, Mich./Western Michigan Christian) had the fifth-best throw in the javelin at 39.68 meters (130-2).

Junior Brendan VanHouten (Comstock Park, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) finished eighth in the open hammer throw competition at 43.13 meters (141-6).