April 27, 2013
HILLSDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams had a strong showing at the 2013 Hillsdale Gina Relays this week, finishing off the three-day meet on Saturday (Apr. 27). All together, the Lakers tallied 31 provisional qualifying marks and erased one school record from the GVSU annals.
Freshman Darien Thornton, in the hammer throw, crushed his own school record with a toss of 64.15 meters (210'5"). It's an automatic mark, the third-best toss in Division II this season, and the best by a freshman this year by nearly 25 feet. Thornton had previously set the record at the Al Owens Classic, with a throw of 62.13 meters, but demolished that in Hillsdale.
On the women's side of the hammer throw, a pair of Lakers hit provisional qualifying marks. Freshman Laura Schroeder was the runner-up with a qualifying mark of 55.66 meters (182'7"), while junior Alyssa Zokoe finished third with a toss of 54.31 meters (178'2"), also a provisional mark.
Another pair of Lakers hit provisional qualifying marks in the shot put, both on the men's side. Seniors Matt Armstrong (16.98m/55'8.5") and Donny Stiffler (16.48m/54'1") both hit qualifying marks, as Armstrong's effort was good enough to win the event. Stiffler finished third.
The Lakers were all over the board in the pole vault on both sides. Both the men and women had four student-athletes each hit provisional qualifying marks.
On the men's side, junior Bret Myers fell just short of an automatic qualifying mark. His vault of 5.11 meters (16'9.25") was just centimeters under the automatic mark of 5.12 meters. As it stands, he has one of the top five vaults in Division II this year. Joining him with provisional qualifying marks were junior Jake Elbers and senior Kevin Leland, who both cleared 4.86 meters (15'11.25"), while senior Raphael Gelo also hit a provisional mark with his vault of 4.71 meters (15'5.5").
For the women, sophomore Jennifer Schornak led a quadruplet of Lakers to hit provisional marks, finishing fifth with a height of 3.80 meters (12'5.5"). The trio of freshman Alexandra Kitz, junior Caley Faulkner and sophomore Jacqueline Williams all cleared 3.65 meters (11'11.75") to hit provisional marks as well.
In the steeplechase, a pair of Laker student-athletes hit provisional marks on the women's side, led by freshman Katelyn Cliff, who finished 10th with a time of 11:00.20. Junior teammate Kelsey Young was just behind in 11th with a time of 11:11.43.
For the men, it was senior Jake Isaacson hitting a provisional mark in the steeplechase, finishing 11th with a time of 9:18.74.
In other long distance competition, a pair of Laker student-athletes for both the men and the women hit provisional qualifying marks in the 5,000 meter run. Junior Hannah Osborn (16:46.21, sixth) and junior Madie Rodts (16:58.34, 13th) each hit provisional marks, while junior Larry Julson (14:17.68, fourth) and freshman Spencer Pageau (14:29.68, 13th) each hit provisional marks for the men.
Freshman Sean Wells put together a stellar performance in the 110 meter hurdles, winning the event with a provisional qualifying time of 12.30 seconds.
On the women's side in sprints, Kayla Addison just snuck in under the provisional qualifying time fin the 100 meter dash, finishing in a time of 12.02 seconds. In the 200 meter dash, it was junior Kalena Franklin again hitting a qualifying mark, finishing fifth with a time of 24.41 seconds.
In the 400 meter dash, junior Nathaniel Hammersmith hit a qualifying mark with his winning time of 47.95 seconds.
In the 800 meter run, a pair of male student-athletes hit provisional marks, led by freshman Ethan Barnes, who was just shy of the automatic mark. He finished third with a time of 1:50.32, while junior Jeremy Wilk was eighth with a time of 1:52.45. On the women's side, junior Lisa Galasso hit a provisional mark of 2:12.25.
A pair of juniors for the Lakers hit provisional marks in the 400 meter hurdles, one on each side. Andrea Kober finished fifth on the women's side with a time of 1:02.51, while Logan Hoffman won the event with a time of 53.22 seconds on the men's side.
Three relay teams also found themselves hitting provisional qualifying marks. The women's 4x100 meter relay team of sophomore Carly Scott, Addison, sophomore Michaela Lewis and sophomore Brittney Banister won the event with a time of 46.83 seconds.
In the 4x400 meter relays, the men's team of juniors (Hammersmith, Chris Teitsma, Hoffman, Mohamed Mohamed) won the event with a provisional time of 3:14.58, while the women's team of freshman Brittany Terry, Addison, Kober and Franklin finished second with a qualifying time of 3:48.40.
The Lakers will now prepare for one of the most competitive meets you will find in NCAA Division II all season. GVSU will travel to Ashland, Ohio for the 2013 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships late next week. The conference championship will take place May 1st-3rd.