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2 weeks ago @ 1:01PM

Celebrating our Track and Field Seniors

We have the special privilege to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our seniors on the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles Track and Field Team. 

Sammy Bishop
Pieter Boer
Sam Bollman
Parker Doornbos
Sydney Hawkins
Andrew Huyser
Andre Irving
Jon LaRue
Carly Michele
Henry Peterson
Jack Peterson
Toney Potter
Joey Rauwerda
Adam Sarjo
Sam Skillen
Noah Solle
Trevor VanHouten
Olivia Waalkes

Read about some of these athletes here!

Sammy Bishop
Parents: Randy and Pam Bishop

Favorite memory: My favorite memory is cheering on my teammates at long track meets.
Most challenging part of practice: Hard workouts were the most challenging part of practice.
College: University of Michigan to study engineering

Pieter Boer
Parents: Chris and Dawn Boer

Favorite memory: Cutting 1.5 seconds off my 400 time at our meet versus Byron Center
Most challenging part of practice: Track workouts
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: A warm muscle works better than a cold muscle 
College: University of Alabama to study chemistry
Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Sam Bollman
Parents: Mike and Mary Bollman

Favorite memory: Watching Jon anchor the 4x400
Most challenging part of practice: Hill workouts 
College: Will study Computer Engineering
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:2 “ Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Sydney Hawkins
Parents: Greg and Leslie Hawkins

Favorite memory: Getting to meet different types of athletes that participate in track 
Most challenging part of practice: Keeping a strong mindset and focus when you think you can't run any farther.
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: "NO driving the golf cart!"- pretty much every coach
College: I will be attending Hope College with a possible major in biology with a focus on the pre-physicians assistant program or kinesiology with a focus on physical therapy.
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Andrew Huyser
Parents: Brian and Mayra Huyser

Favorite memory: Running my first race this season after a winter of training very hard and after three weeks of quarantining. Coming back to race after so much time away from the team was super exciting for me and I felt incredible during my race. There was so much satisfaction in seeing my effort finally pay off as I finally had a breakthrough in my times, finally breaking 5 minutes in the mile by running a 4:54. Although I've run faster since, this was still my favorite race I've had in track.
Most challenging part of practice: When I had to practice alone for three weeks because of quarantining. Running is so much easier when you have people to run with. It was tempting to just lay in bed all day during quarantine but I put way too much effort into training during the winter to let it go to waste, so I pushed through and trained on my own.
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: We love to run in the rain
College: Calvin University to study Mechanical Engineering and run Cross Country/Track

Andre Irving
Parents: Theresa Irving and Andre Irving

Favorite memory: Achieving PR’s
Most challenging part of practice: Running the 400
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: “Keep working hard I practice because eventually in the meets it will pay off”.
College: GVSU major in businesses and marketing minor in mechanical engineering.  Also plans to participate in Track and Football
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong”.

Jon LaRue
Parents: Ryan and Tammy LaRue

Favorite memory: Watching teammates win
Most challenging part of practice: Keeping up with Tinsae
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: Well done
College: Calvin University to study psychology
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 12:22 “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”

Henry Peterson
Parents: Marc and Dawn Peterson

Favorite memory: Cheering for friends at meets.
Most challenging part of practice: Hill workouts
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: A warm muscle works better than a cold one.
College: Calvin University for Marketing Analytics and Research
Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Jack Peterson
Parents: Marc and Dawn Peterson

Favorite memory: Getting a 4:35 in the 1 mile
Most challenging part of practice: the sprints up the Alger extension
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: "Sure you can take off a mile"
College: Michigan State for Nursing with ROTC
Favorite Bible Verse: James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Joey Rauwerda
Parents: Jim and Jayne

Favorite memory: My favorite memory was when me and Tyler and Sam Skillen tried discus in the jv conference meet.
Most challenging part of practice: Progress is slow. Its extremely difficult to see major improvements over the course of weeks even sometimes.
Favorite Coach Quote/Mannerism: Zander would always throw his hat or a pole if someone did a really good or bad jump
College: Azusa Pacific University, undecided major.  Hoping to participate in soccer or track.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”

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