posted July 5, 2001

Hope Athletes Gain Honors in MIAA Spring Championships Hope Athletes Gain Honors in MIAA Spring Championships Hope Athletes Gain Honors in MIAA Spring Championships

Hope College athletes gained conference and school honors while competing in the tennis and track & field championships of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) last weekend (May 4-5).

Women's Track & Field
The Flying Dutch finished second at the MIAA women's track and field championships hosted by Hope College this weekend.

The Dutch crowned two league champions, established a conference record and put three new marks in the Hope record book.

Calvin repeated as MIAA champion by amassing 350 points while Hope totaled 156 to more than double the total of third place Alma.

Senior Emily Sowers of Grand Rapids (GR Christian HS) won the shotput with a throw of 41 feet, 1 inch to rally from a disappointing first day of competition when she failed in a bid to win the conference discus championship for a fourth consecutive year. On Friday the NCAA All-American triple-faulted in the prelims of the discus and failed to advance to the finals. On Saturday she won the shotput by edging out teammate Sarah Burgess, a junior from Niles (Buchanan HS) who ironically was the defending MIAA champion in the event.

Freshman Jennifer Price of Battle Creek (Lakeview HS) continued her brilliant entrance into collegiate competition by winning the 800-meter run in MIAA and Hope record time (2:12.85).

The 4x100 relay established a school record (:50.03) by finishing second with a team of sophomore Karen Clark of Midland (Midland HS), freshman Christy Watkin of Holland (West Ottawa HS), sophomore Brooke Oosting of Grand Rapids (Calvin Christian HS) and Jennifer Price.

Christy Watkin set a Hope record in the 200-meter dash with a fourth place time of :26.15.

Silver medal performances were record by junior Dawn Allers of St. Anne, Ill. (Kankakee HS), long jump (16-5) and Christy Watkin, 100-meter dash (:12.96) while bronze medal finishes were posted by Christy Watkin, long jump (16-3); senior Jami Grant of Holt (Holt HS), 5,000-meters (19:22.21); and freshman Martha Graham of Midland (Midland HS), 1,500 meters (4:59.42).

Hope athletes named to the All-MIAA women's track team were Jennifer Price, Emily Sowers and Christy Watkins.

Men's Track & Field
The Flying Dutchmen finished third at the MIAA men's track and field championships hosted by Hope. The Flying Dutchmen crowned champions in three events and established three school records.

Calvin repeated as league champion with 252 points followed by Albion with 139 and Hope 96.

Senior Joe Kattelus of Okemos (Okemos HS) won two gold medals capturing the shotput (49-5) and discus with a school-record throw of 162 feet, 6 inches. He was also third in the javelin (163-1).

Sophomore Ed Perez of Door (Hopkins HS) successfully defended his MIAA championship in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (53.83).

Hope records were also established in both relays. The 4x100 meter relay of freshman Sophy Teng of Holland (West Ottawa HS), senior Eric Shooks of Central Lake (Central Lake HS), senior Jacob Sitati of Nairobi, Kenya (Allance School) and freshman Chris Clark of Holland (Holland HS) finished third in :42.33 to best the previous mark of :42.60.

The 4x400 meter relay was also third with a team of Ed Perez, junior Seth Palmer of Marshall (Marshall HS), junior Curtis Tyler of Grand Ledge (Grand Ledge HS) and senior Garett Childs of Breckenridge (Breckenridge HS) timed in 3:19.68 erasing the old standard of 3:20.09.

Silver medalists were Garett Childs in the 1,500-meter run (3:58.53); senior Steve Rabuck of Myerstown, Pa. (Eastern Lebanon County HS) in the 800-meter run (1:54.91) and Joe Veldman in the 5,000-meter run (15:04.45).

Capturing the bronze medal was sophomore Ben Freeburn of Hartford (Hartford HS) in the high jump (6-2).

Hope athletes named to the All-MIAA men's track team were Garett Childs, Joe Kattelus, Ed Perez and Joe Veldman.

Men's & Women's Tennis
Both tennis teams finished second in their respective MIAA conference tournaments this weekend.

Men's Tennis
The Flying Dutchmen were runnerup to perennial MIAA champion Kalamazoo. Coach Steve Gorno's Dutchmen advanced to the finals in five of six singles flights and all three doubles flights. Kalamazoo prevailed in each, but not without a spirited Hope challenge. Two of three doubles championship matches went three sets.

Junior Dan Mann of Spring Lake (Grand Haven HS) and senior Kai Bouchard of Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Township HS) were voted to the All-MIAA first team while junior Raj Malviya of Holland (Holland HS)achieved second team recognition.

Kai Bouchard was presented the league's Stowe Sportsmanship Award marking the third straight year it has been presented to a Hope player.

The Lawrence Green Scholarship was presented to senior Kevin Gingras of Muskegon (Mona Shores HS), making it four straight years that the award in memory of the longtime Hope physical educator has gone to a Hope player.

Women's Tennis
The Flying Dutch challenged regular season champion Saint Mary's down to the wire before the Belles prevailed. Saint Mary's ended with 92 points while Hope counted 87. Hope will tie Albion for second place in the seasonal standings. Albion had finished ahead of Hope in the dual match standings, but ended third in the tournament.

Hope's singles champions were senior Kristin Kooyer of Holland (Holland Christian HS), first flight and junior Emily Reeves of Hudsonville (Holland HS), second flight. Freshman Stephanie Springer of Bloomfield Village (Birmingham Seaholm HS) and Emily Reeves combined to win the second flight doubles crown.

Kristin Kooyer was voted the league's most valuable player in addition to receiving All-MIAA first team honors. Emily Reeves received second-team recognition.