posted May 3, 2008

Tracksters Have Outstanding MIAA Field Day

Hope had one of its strongest showings in recent years at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) track and field championships held May 1-2 at Alma College. Hope athletes combined for 13 event championships as both teams finished second in the standings.

Junior Nora Kuiper (Parchment, Mich./Parchment HS) was a double winner in the dashes. She set an MIAA record while winning the 100-meter dash (:12.13) for a third consecutive year. She also won the 200-meter dash (:25.62).

Other Hope athletes who successfully defended their league titles were senior Andrew Denniger (Winfield, Ill./West Chicago HS) in the javelin (176-8) and junior Sean Bergsma (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven HS) in the high jump (6-6).

Other Hope champions in the men's meet included junior Brandon Bosch (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville HS), long jump (22-9 1/4); senior Chad Rector (Grant, Mich./Grant HS), shotput (48-8); sophomore Jeffrey Minkus (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West HS), triple jump (42-11 1/2); senior Seth Weener (Grandville, Mich./Grandville HS), 1,500 meters (4:01.50); and freshman Nick Rinck (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville HS), 400-meter hurdles (:55.95).

The Flying Dutch 4x100 relay of Nora Kuiper, freshman Kara VandeGuchte (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton HS), freshman Emily Kreichelt (Northville, Mich./Northville HS), and senior Lindsay Lange (Manistee, Mich./Manistee HS) won the gold medal in :48.71. Other Hope champions in women's meet were junior Christina Lis (Novi, Mich./Novi HS)in the high jump (5-5), junior Emily Vandermeer (Holland, Mich./Holland HS) in the pole vault (10-11 1/2) and Lindsay Lange in the shotput (40-0 1/2).