ALLENDALE, Mich. - Calvin senior Brendan VanHouten shattered his own school record in the hammer throw Friday afternoon at the Al Owens Classic hosted by Grand Valley State University. VanHouten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) unleashed a throw of 193-3 in the hammer throw to shatter his previous school record of 183-9 set earlier this year. The throw was good for second place on Friday also vaulted VanHouten up to eighth on the NCAA III performance list.
VanHouten was part of a powerful one-two punch for the Knights in the hammer throw as sophomore Bryce Reynolds (Byron Center, Mich./South Christian HS) was sixth with a career-best throw of 170-11. The throw was a career-best by more than eight feet for Reynolds and places him 42nd on the NCAA III performance list. Sophomore Erick Van Eck (Yorba Linda, Ca./Hope PSP) was 11th with a throw of 156-4.
The Knights had a strong weekend in the field events. Senior Lee Barents (Redlands, Ca./Arrowhead Christian) had a career-best throw of 22-8 in the long jump that was good for second place. He just missed a season-best in the triple jump with a leap of 42-3 1/4 that was good for fifth place. In the pole vault, junior Jonathan Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) was ninth (14-3 1/4).
On the track, the Knights had a strong showing in the 1500 meter run with junior Caleb Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) sixth (4:02.22), junior Tyler Johnson (Springfield, Il./Pleasant Plains HS) eighth (4:02.88) and freshman Ryan Vreeke (Lakewood, Ca./Valley Christian HS) ninth (4:02.91).
Junior Sam Veenstra (North Haledon, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) was eighth in the 400 meter hurdles (56.69). He then led off Calvin's 4x400 meter relay team that placed fifth in a time of 3:25.18. Veenstra was followed on the relay by sophomore Matthew Blanker (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), senior Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) and senior James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS).
Calvin's track and field team will now split up next weekend with a group of distance runners competing at the Hillsdale Relays while the rest will compete at an invitational hosted by Davenport University.