Jane Pearson

Hope College’s Jane Pearson has been selected the MIAA’s Most Valuable Field Athlete and co-headlines the 2015 All-MIAA Women’s Track & Field Team.

It is the ninth time a Flying Dutch track & field athlete has been named a MIAA Most Valuable Athlete.

Pearson joins Sarah Venlet (2013 for track), Heidi Grooters (2011 for field), Kara VandeGuchte (2011 foe field), Nora Kuiper (2009 for track), Marcia Vandersall Bannink (1993), Mary Busscher (1988-89), and Paula Smith (1986).

Pearson is one of six from the Flying Dutch to be on the 20-member All-MIAA Team.

The junior from Lake City, Michigan (Northern Michigan Christian HS), is joined by junior Julia Stock of Norton Shores, Michigan (Grand Haven HS), sophomore Erin Herrmann of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS), sophomore Sierra Schultz of Kellogg, Iowa (Grinnell Community HS), freshman Alison Rich of Haslett, Michigan (Haslett HS), and freshman Rachel Satkiewicz of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Birmingham Seaholm HS).

At MIAA Field Day, Pearson won the long jump by leaping 17 feet, 1 ½ inches and the javelin with a toss of 118-11.

Stock won the 10,000 meters at MIAA Field Day by posting a time of 36 minutes, 40.85 seconds.

Herrmann finished first in the 3,000 steeplechase with a run of 11:13.83. She was the first non-Calvin runner to win the event since its debut in 2003.

Schultz won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.68.

Rich took third in the javelin with a toss of 109-6. 

Satkiewicz was runner-up in the 400 meters by clocking a time of 58.41.