Jan. 10, 2014
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams got back under way after a holiday break, recording nine provisional qualifying marks on Friday (Jan. 10) at the Bob Eubanks Open inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.
In a meet that had a majority of schools as Division I competitors, the Lakers more than held their own, winning seven events on the day.
The best performance of the day came from Lisa Galasso, who set a new GVSU record in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:33.20 to win the event. The mark easily surpassed Chanelle Caldwell's 2010 time of 1:34.30.
The women's side claimed four other event victories, including a win by Laura Schroeder in the weight throw competition with a mark of 18.15 meters (59'6.75"), a new season-best for her and a provisional qualifying mark.
In other field competition, Sarah Talbott came away with a victory in the long jump, hitting a mark of 5.42 meters (17'9.5").
Katie Shaheen had a great individual day, finishing first in the mile r un (5:19.18) and earning a third-place finish in the 600 meter run (1:41.18).
The team of Andrea Kober, Brittney Banister, Brittany Terry and Kalena Franklin won the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:51.55, a provisional qualifying mark, while the GVSU B team of Kayla Addison, Galasso, Kirsten Smith and Carson Jones finished third (3:58.79).
Franklin hit a provisional mark of her own in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing second in the finals with a time of 8.56 seconds after a prelim time of 8.55 seconds.
On the men's side, the 4x400 meter relay team of Nathaniel Hammersmith, Sean Wells, Logan Hoffman and TJ Burnett won the event with a time of 3:21.36, followed closely behind in second by the B team of Mohamed Mohamed, Daniel Pung, Zakry O'Brien and Kelso Griffin (3:25.60).
Wells also had a victory individually, taking home the win in the 60 meter hurdles with a provisional mark of 8.18 seconds.
The three other provisional marks on the men's side all came in the weight throw, led by Darien Thornton's second place mark of 20.10 meters (65'11.5"). He was followed by Blake Donson in third (18.81m/61'8.5"), a new season-best, and Jay Lechner in sixth (17.47m/57'3.75"), also a season-best.
The Bob Eubanks Open will finish up on Saturday (Jan. 11) morning with the completion of the men's heptathlon, but the Lakers do not have anyone competing in the multi-event.
GVSU will be back on the track next Friday, January 17th, for the Mike Lints Alumni Open at 2 p.m. inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.