March 9, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Laker track and field teams both put together top-four performances at the 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday (Mar. 9), as they both finished fourth in the final team standings after the final day of competition.
The women's team had won the last two indoor crowns, but fell just short in an attempt for the three-peat, while the men had one of their best finishes in school history.
On the women's side, three Laker student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-American honors on the final day, led by senior Minca Kinney's fourth-place finish in the women's mile with a time of 4:50.48. It was Kinney's eighth career indoor All-American honor.
Junior Kalena Franklin earned her third indoor All-American honor with a sixth-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.41 seconds.
Junior Lisa Galasso picked up her third indoor All-American honor as well, finishing seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.09.
In the 3,000 meter run, freshman Allyson Winchester just missed out on being named an All-American, finishing ninth with a time of 9:55.76. Sophomore Jessica Janecke was 12th (9:57.89) and junior Madie Rodts finished 14th (10:01.17).
In the team standings, the women's squad put up 41 points to finish in fourth. Winning the title was Academy of Art (Calif.) with 59 points, followed by Lincoln (Mo.) with 48.5 points, Grand Cancyon with 45, GVSU with 41 and Ashland rounding out the top five with 37 points.
For the men, five individual All-Americans were crowned, as well as one team.
In the pole vault, a trio of Laker student-athletes earned All-American honors after senior Raphael Gelo (fourth), junior Bret Myers (fifth) and senior Kevin Leland (sixth) all cleared 5.00 meters (16'4.75"), but the order was determined by misses, giving Gelo the advantage.
In the shot put, senior Matt Armstrong earned his third indoor All-American honor with a fourth-place finish after a toss of 17.42 meters (57'2").
Freshman Ethan Barnes capped his incredible debut indoor season with a third-place finish in the 800 meter run in a time of 1:51.08.
In other action on the day, junior Tendo Lukwago was 14th in the triple jump with a best mark of 14.38 meters (47'2.25"). Freshman Darien Thornton, who was scheduled to compete in the shot put, did not participate.
St. Augustine's won the men's competition with a team score of 72 points, while Ashland was second (59.5), Adams State was third (55), GVSU was fourth (43.5) and Minnesota State was fifth (31).
The Lakers will now look towards the outdoor season, which will begin with the GVSU-SVSU Dual at the GVSU Track and Field Stadium at noon on March 30th.