Mason High School is the largest High School in Ohio, and our teams average more than 250 athletes in our Track and Field program and more than 180 in our Cross Country program. The Mason Comets compete in the Greater Miami Conference at the Division 1 level. Our Girls' Cross Country Team were the 2012 & 2013 Ohio State Champions and were the 2014 State Runners Up ! Our Boys' Cross Country team were the 2012 State Runners Up and are the 2014 OHSAA D1 Cross Country State Champions!
Valentine headlines the list as he has been named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner for indoor track and field. This past Saturday at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Valentine (Mason, Oh./William Mason HS) repeated as the MIAA Indoor champion in the 400 meters with a meet and track record time of 48.13. The time by Valentine is currently the top 400 meter time in NCAA Division III indoor track and field this winter. He then anchored Calvin's 4x400 meter relay team to a victory in a meet and track record time of 3:22.54. Valentine is receiving All-MIAA honors for indoor track and field for the second straight year. Valentine was joined on the winning 4x400 meter relay team by junior Noah Buteyn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and sophomores James Jeninga (Brookfield, Wisc./Milwaukee Lutheran HS) and Luke Peterson (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS).
As members of the winning relay, Buteyn, Jeninga and Peterson also receive All-MIAA honors. Peterson is receiving All-MIAA indoor track and field honors for the second straight year. He was a member of Calvin's winning distance medley relay at the 2016 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Buteyn and Jeninga are receiving All-MIAA indoor track and field honors for the first time. Jeninga also took second in the 800 meters (1:56.34) while Peterson was fifth in the 800 meters (1:57.55). Buteyn meanwhile took fourth place individually in the 400 meters (51.12).
Kramer, Nowicki and DeJong were all part of a power-packed distance lineup for Calvin this past Saturday.
Kramer (Pewaukee, Wisc./Lake Country Lutheran HS) captured the 5,000 meters in a meet and track record time of 14:37.08 that currently ranks 11th on the national list. Nowicki (Comstock Park, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) captured the 3,000 meter title on Saturday with a time of 8:53.23. He is receiving All-MIAA indoor track and field honors for the first time. DeJong captured the league title in the mile, winning with a time of 4:25.38 and then placed third in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:57.49. DeJong was part of a 1-2-3-4 Calvin finish in the 3,000 meters that sealed the team title for the Knights as it came in the second-to-the-last event of the meet.
Van Houten and Walt were part of Calvin's field athletes that provided key scoring support on Saturday.
Seeded sixth in the shot put, Van Houten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) rose up to win the event Saturday morning with a career-best throw of 46-3 1/4. Walt (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) sparkled in the pole vault, winning the event with a vault of 14-9. Both are receiving All-MIAA honors for the first time.
This past Saturday, Calvin captured the MIAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Title with 195 points under the leadership of head coach Bret Otte.
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