March 8, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It was another successful day at the 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships for Grand Valley State, as both the men and women's teams put up some much-needed points, highlighted by a second national title in as many days for senior Sam Lockhart.
The women are in first place with 31 points, while the men are in second with 14.5 points after two days of competition.
On the women's side, the Lakers are seven points ahead of Ashland (24), while Alaska-Anchorage is third (18), Mary is fourth (14), and Grand Canyon, Sioux Falls and Findlay are all tied for fifth with 12 points.
For the men, Ashland leads with 22 points, while GVSU is second at 14.5, Indianapolis and Adams State are tied for third with 14 points, and Central Missouri is in fifth with 13 points.
In finals competition, Lockhart again ruled the day for the Lakers. 24 hours after defending her weight throw national championship, Lockhart dominated the field in the shot put competition, winning the event by nearly five feet with a school-record toss of 16.86 meters (55'3.75"). Out of the five throws Lockhart successfully made, four of them were good enough to win the championship. Her mark of 16.86m is a new Birmingham CrossPlex Complex record.
Lockhart ends her indoor career with three individual national championships (2013 shot put, 2013 weight throw, 2012 weight throw) and six USTFCCCA All-American honors in six events. Lockhart never finished lower than fourth in any event she competed in at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Another highly successful Laker in junior Kristen Hixson was looking to defend her individual pole vault national title from last year's indoor championships, but fell painstakingly short, placing second with a new school-record height of 4.25 meters (13'11.25"). The finish of the top three in the pole vault at nationals was the same as it was at the GLIAC Indoor Championships, with Ashland's Katie Nageotte in first, Hixson in second and Hillsdale's Kayla Caldwell in third.
All three of the competitors cleared 4.25 meters as their best marks, but Nageotte cleared the height on her first attempt, while Hixson and Caldwell each took two attempts. Hixson finished ahead of Caldwell due to clearing 4.15 meters in only one attempt as opposed to two for Caldwell. All three student-athletes, after clearing 4.25 meters, moved to 4.35 meters but failed to clear the height, resorting to misses at 4.25 as the tiebreaker, crowning Nageotte as the champion in an incredible competition.
It is Hixson's third straight indoor All-American honor and her fifth overall between indoor and outdoor.
Sophomore Jacqueline Williams was also competing in the pole vault, finishing 15th with a height of 3.55 meters (11'7.75").
In the 5,000 meter run final, the Lakers had four student-athletes running in the women's event, but sophomore Jessica Janecke was the only scorer, finishing eighth with a time of 16:48.64. Junior Courtney Brewis finished 12th (17:02.38), while freshman Allyson Winchester was 14th (17:16.53) and junior Molly Slavens finished 18th (18:08.98).
The last final of the day took place in the women's distance medley relay, where the team of junior Madie Rodts, junior Andrea Kober, freshman Natalie Nelson and sophomore Hannah Osborn crossed the line in seventh with a time of 11:45.02.
For the men's side, the only field final to go off that contained a GVSU student-athlete was the high jump, where sophomore Trent Chappell earned an All-American honor by finishing in a tie for fifth with a mark of 2.10 meters (6'10.75") to earn 3.5 points for the Lakers.
The only other final of the day for the men that concerned GVSU was the distance medley relay, where the team of freshman Nicholas Wharry, junior Nathaniel Hammersmith, junior Jeremy Wilk and junior Larry Julson placed third with a school-record time of 9:51.17. After a great lead-off leg from Wharry, Hammersmith held serve in second until Wilk took the lead and handed off to Julson in second. Julson quickly took the lead less than a lap in to his run, but was passed for first and second with three laps to go. Julson was able to hold on to third, however, scoring six points for GVSU.
In prelim competition, three female Lakers advanced to tomorrow's finals, while the lone individual male runner for GVSU also advanced.
In the women's 60 meter hurdles, junior Kalena Franklin finished sixth with a time of 8.37 seconds to advance to tomorrow's final competition and guarantee an All-American placement.
Senior Monica Kinney advanced to tomorrow's final in the mile run, placing ninth with a time of 4:53.60 and is the last finalist to make the field. Also running in prelims for the mile was freshman Alison Work, who was 11th with a time of 4:54.19, and freshman Katelyn Cliff, who finished 14th in a time of 4:57.85.
The final female Laker to advance to tomorrow's final was junior Lisa Galasso in the 800 meter run. Galasso was actually ninth in the final results with a time of 2:11.16, but finished in the top two of her heat to earn a nod to the finals and guarantee points for the Lakers.
A pair of female runners in the 60 meter dash just missed out on qualifying for finals, as sophomore Michaela Lewis was 11th with a time of 7.59 seconds and sophomore Brittney Banister was 12th with a time of 7.61 seconds.
On the men's side, freshman Ethan Barnes advanced to the 800 meter final tomorrow by finishing sixth in prelims with a time of 1:52.21.
The final day of competition will begin at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon and pentathlon. The full schedule of events that contain GVSU student-athletes is below.
Men's Triple Jump (Tendo Lukwago) - 1:30 p.m.
Women's 60 Meter Hurdles (Kalena Franklin) - 4:15 p.m.
Men's Pole Vault (Kevin Leland, Raphael Gelo, Bret Myers) - 4:30 p.m.
Men's Shot Put (Matt Armstrong, Darien Thornton) - 5:00 p.m.
Women's Mile (Monica Kinney) - 5:15 p.m.
Women's High Jump (Alisha Weaver) - 6 p.m.
Women's 800 Meters (Lisa Galasso) - 6 p.m.
Men's 800 Meters (Ethan Barnes) - 6:10 p.m.
Women's 3,000 Meters (Jessica Janecke, Madie Rodts, Allyson Winchester) - 6:40 p.m.
Women's 4x400 Meter Relay - 7:15 p.m.
Men's 4x400 Meter Relay - 7:35 p.m.
Live results of the event can be seen by clicking here.
Live video of the entire meet is available by clicking here.