April 14, 2013
HILLSDALE, Mich./BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams had strong showings at both the Hillsdale Invite and the WKU Hilltopper Relays, recording 25 qualifying marks between the two events, 23 of which were courtesy of the field athletes.
Entering the weekend, the women's team was ranked fourth in the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings, while the men's squad was 14th.
WKU Hilltopper Relays
The Lakers made noise in Western Kentucky on the field events, as GVSU put up two provisional qualifying marks on the men's side and 10 qualifying marks on the women's side, including three automatic marks from a familiar source.
The trio of automatic qualifying marks came from senior Sam Lockhart, who pulled off the trifecta with victories and automatic marks in the shot put (15.74m/51'7.75"), discus (57.39m/188'3") and hammer (57.24m/187'9"). Her discus throw is the best in NCAA Division II so far this season.
Also in the discus, senior Jamie Smith hit a provisional qualifying mark in her fourth-place finish, with a toss of 45.63 meters (149'8").
In the hammer throw, another three Laker student-athletes hit provisional marks. Freshman Laura Schroeder finished second (55.23m/181'2"), junior Alyssa Zokoe was third (54.88m/180'1") and senior Katelyn Fox was sixth (50.15m/164'6").
In the high jump, another trio of Lakers hit provisional marks of their own, led by senior Jennifer Fuller's second-place finish at 1.70 meters (5'7"). Sophomore Jordyn Kiser (third) and junior Alisha Weaver (fourth) cleared the same height, but were placed on misses.
On the men's side, sophomore Trent Chappell hit a provisional qualifying mark as well in the high jump, finishing second after clearing a height of 2.06 meters (6'9"). Junior Patrick Livengood was just behind in third at 2.01 meters (6'7"), just under a provisional mark.
The other provisional qualifying mark at the Hilltopper Relays came from sophomore thrower Lee VanKampen in the hammer throw. VanKampen had a toss of 55.70 meters (182'9").
The Hillsdale Invite was where GVSU sent the majority of its runners, including a pair of females who hit provisional qualifying marks.
Junior Andrea Kober won the 400 meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 1:01.44, while the team of sophomore Carly Scott, Kayla Addison, sophomore Michaela Lewis and sophomore Brittney Banister won the 4x100 meter relay with a provisional time of 46.97 seconds.
Other event winners in the running events were Scott in the 100 meter dash (12.59), junior Kalena Franklin in both the 400 meter dash (56.41) and 100 meter hurdles (14.51) and the 4x400 meter relay team of Kober, senior Leiah Hess, Addison and junior Lisa Galasso (3:52.63).
In other field events, Lewis took home a pair of victories in the long jump (5.30m/17'4.75") and triple jump (11.56m/37'11.25").
In the pole vault, an impressive six Laker student-athletes hit qualifying marks, including junior Kristen Hixson's automatic mark of 4.06 meters (13'3.75"). Behind her, a trio of Lakers cleared 3.71 meters (12'2") to hit provisional marks, as junior Jennifer Schornak, senior Amy Reynolds and junior Caley Faulkner all hit that mark. Freshmen Krista Nauseda and Alexandra Kitz both cleared 3.56 meters (11'8") to hit provisional marks of their own, as well.
On the men's side, it was again the field athletes that turned in the top performances.
In the pole vault, three student-athletes hit provisional qualifying marks. Senior Kevin Leland won the event with a mark of 4.95 meters (16'2.75"), while sophomore Bret Myers was second (4.85m/15'11") and junior Jake Elbers was third (4.70m/15'5").
Senior Donny Stiffler had a pair of event victories in the throws, hitting provisional qualifying marks in both of them. Stiffler won both the shot put (16.09m/52'9.5") and discus (49.34m/161'10").
The Lakers had a handful of running victories on the day, as well. Junior Nathaniel Hammersmith won the 400 meter dash (48.90), sophomore Grant Truskowski won the 1,500 meter run (4:03.84) and junior Logan Hoffman won the 400 meter hurdles (53.66). In the 4x100 meter relay, the team of Hammersmith, freshman Sean Wells, sophomore Jesse Schwartz and sophomore Brent VanEnk won with a time of 42.56 seconds, while the 4x400 meter relay team of Hammersmith, junior Chris Teitsma, Hoffman and junior Mohamed Mohamed won with a time of 3:22.26.
The Hillsdale event, being a scored affair, brought home one victory for the Lakers. The women's team won with a team score of 184.5 points. The men's team finished second, totalling 146.5 points.
The Lakers will have a busy weekend coming up next. GVSU will host the Al Owens Classic at the Laker Track & Field Stadium in Allendale on Friday (Apr. 19) and Saturday (Apr. 20). In addition, GVSU will be sending student athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. (Apr. 18-20), the Brian Clay Invite in Azusa, Calif. (Apr. 19) and to the Beach Invite in Long Beach, Calif. (Apr. 20).