By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information Student Assistant
Grand Rapids, Mich. - The Alma College track and field team finished out its competition at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Outdoor Championships at Calvin College on Friday, May 5.
Senior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich. / Jackson Northwest) won her second consecutive MIAA Outdoor Championship in the women's 1500-meter run with a time of 4:42.62 earning ten points for the women's team. Arnold added eight more team points with a second-place finish in the women's 5000-meter run with a time of 18:04.66.
Sophomore Erin Goggins (Hastings, Mich. / Hastings) placed second in the pole vault adding eight points for the women's team. Googins' final jump of 3.35 meters is a new personal-best, beating the 3.30-meter vault set at the Calvin College Tune-Up Invitational on April 28.
Junior Karen Flesh (Aurora, Ill. / Metea Valley) finished fifth in both the shot put and javelin throw, throwing for 11.46 meters and 30.23 meters respectively. Both performances set new personal-bests for Flesh and added eight total points for the women's team.
Freshman Jacob Wildenhaus (Jackson, Mich / Lumen Christi) earned four team points with his fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 15.63 seconds set a new personal-best, his previous being a 15.91-second run at the Cedarville University Yellow Jacket Open on March 25.
Junior Chelse Van Spronsen (Jenison, Mich. / Jenison) added four points with a fifth-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a new personal-best time of 11:48.00, besting her previous time of 12:01.94 set at the Calvin College Tune-Up Invitational on April 28.
Sophomore Kyle Kraus (Middleville, Mich. / Thornapple-Kellogg) added three points for the men's team between his sixth-place performance in the triple jump and eight-place performance in the high jump. His jump of 12.77 meters in the triple jump set a new personal-best, his previous being a 12.65-meter jump at the MIAA Indoor Championships on February 25.
Sophomore Anissa Keeler (Marion, Mich. / Marion) placed seventh in the javelin throw with a personal-best toss of 28.97 meters. Keeler scored two points for the women's team and improved on the 27.93- meter toss from the Calvin College Tune-Up Invitational on April 28.
Both the men's and women's 4x100-meter relay squads finished seventh, adding two points for their respective teams. The women's team of Goggins, junior Shannon Kievit (Lewiston, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston), and freshmen Kimberly Bolesky (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) and Ruslana Gill (New Boston, Mich / Huron) finished in 58.53 seconds. The men's team of Wildenhaus, Senior Brandon Erwin (Nashville, Mich / Maple Valley), and freshmen Payton Hirschenberger (Freeland, Mich. / Saginaw Nouvel) and Kendric Powell (Macon, GA / Macon Central) finished in 48.30 seconds.
Junior James Taylor (Mason, Mich. / Mason) finished eighth in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 38.32 meters, adding a point to the men's team.
Sophomores Mallory Munderloh (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) and Blaire Showers (Ithaca, Mich. / Ithaca) each added a point with eighth-place finishes in the 800-meter run and 1500-meter run respectively.
The MIAA Outdoor Championships marks the end of the Alma College track and field season.