May 2, 2013
ASHLAND, Ohio - The Grand Valley State track teams have themselves in good position after day two of the 2013 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The women lead with 77 points, while the men's team is second with 49 points.
After the scored events, the Laker women find themselves in first. They lead Ashland (47), Hillsdale (24), Findlay (23) and Malone (16) in the top five. The women's squad is seeking their 14th straight GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
For the men's side, Tiffin leads with 59 points, trailed by GVSU (49), Lake Erie (30), Malone (27) and Findlay (22) in the top five. The men's team is looking for their third straight GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
The women's team entered the meet ranked fourth in the latest USTFCCCA Division II computer rankings, while the men came in ranked eighth. On the second day of GLIAC competition, the two squads combined for 25 NCAA Division II qualifying marks.
The highlight of the second day was, as usual, senior Sam Lockhart. Lockhart competed in only one event on the second day, the discus throw, and made the most of it. Lockhart unleashed a new GVSU, GLIAC and NCAA Division II record toss of 58.87 meters (193'2") to dominate the field. Lockhart's previous best, just two weeks ago, was already the best throw in Division II history. Lockhart now owns four of the top eight discus throws in Division II history.
Jamie Smith was second with a toss of 47.83 meters (156'11"), a provisional qualifying mark, while Laura Schroeder was eighth with a throw of 41.29 meters (135'5") to also pick up a point, giving the Lakers 19 points in that event alone.
On the men's side in the discus, Blake Donson was the only Laker to score, with a toss of 48.74 meters (159'11"), good enough for sixth and three points.
The biggest scoring event of day two for the women's side was in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Hannah Osborn won the event with a GLIAC record time of 10:26.34, one of three provisional marks the Lakers hit in the event. In second was Katelyn Cliff at 10:59.27, while Kelsey Young was fourth at 11:08.88, giving GVSU 23 points in the event.
On the men's side, they were nearly as good. Jake Isaacson finished second with a time of 9:07.26 and Casey Routledge in third joined him in hitting a provisional mark with a time of 9:16.60. Mike Gibbons also scored for the Lakers, finishing eighth with a time of 9:40.32.
In the long jump, it was Michaela Lewis taking home an individual GLIAC title, winning the event with a mark of 5.86 meters (19'2.75"), a provisional qualifying mark. Joining her on the podium in third place was Sarah Talbott with a leap of 5.68 meters (18'7.75").
For the men, a pair of Lakers found themselves in the scoring as Nathan Fraeyman finished fifth with a provisional qualifying mark of 7.15 meters (23'5.5") and Brent Brock was sixth with a mark of 7.10 meters (23'3.5").
A trio of Lakers scored in the women's pole vault, as Jennifer Schornak led the way in fourth place with a height of 3.61 meters (11'10"), a provisional qualifying mark. Alexandra Kitz cleared the same height, but finished fifth based on misses. Joining them in the scoring was Amy Reynolds in sixth with a height of 3.46 meters (11'4.25").
Finishing off the scoring exclusively on day two for the men's side was Trent Chappell hitting a provisional mark in the high jump after clearing a height of 2.12 meters (6'11.5") to score six points, and Donson finishing fourth in the javelin with a toss of 54.98 meters (180'4") to pick up five points.
Completing the decathlon on day two for the Lakers was Steve Reives, who placed seventh with a total of 6,098 points to pick up two team points for GVSU.
In preliminary action, the Lakers had 12 men and 15 women qualify for finals to go with one relay team each.
In the 4x100 meter relay, the women's team of Carly Scott, Kayla Addison, Lewis and Brittney Banister won the event with a provisional qualifying time of 46.40 seconds. On the men's side, the team of Jesse Schwartz, Nathaniel Hammersmith, Sean Wells and Brent VanEnk came in third with a time of 41.54 seconds.
In the 1,500 meter run, three men qualified for finals as Steve Krauss (3:57.74), Larry Julson (4:00.15) and Bryce Pulley (3:57.64) all finished in the top eight. For the women, Madie Rodts won the prelims with a time of 4:44.75 and Taylor Smith qualified with a time of 4:48.11.
Kalena Franklin finished second in prelim competition in the 100 meter hurdles, hitting a provisional qualifying time of 13.90 seconds. Wells finished the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 14.35 seconds, also hitting a provisional mark and qualifying for finals.
VanEnk qualified for finals in the 100 meter dash, crossing the line in 10.81 seconds to finish fourth. A trio of Lakers qualified for finals in the 100 meter dash on the women's side, as Addison, Banister and Lewis all finished in the top four, including Addison's time of 12.04 seconds being a provisional mark.
A new school record was set for GVSU on the men's side in the 800 meter run, as Ethan Barnes won the prelim event in a school record time of 1:51.40, a provisional qualifying mark. Jeremy Wilk also qualified for finals with a time of 1:54.51. On the women's side, Lisa Galasso won the prelim competition with a time of 2:13.30, a provisional mark, and Katie Shaheen qualified with a time of 2:17.32.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Logan Hoffman won the prelims with a provisional qualifying time of 52.82 seconds, while Chris Teitsma did the same with his time of 53.22 seconds. Deonte' Hurst also qualified for finals with a time of 53.94 seconds. Andrea Kober hit a provisional mark in the 400 meter hurdles on the women's side with a time of 1:01.77, while Carson Jones qualified for finals as well with a time of 1:04.36.
Hammersmith (21.62) and VanEnk (21.74) both qualified for finals in the 200 meter dash, while Addison (24.59), Banister (24.62) and Franklin (24.62) all qualified for the finals on the women's side and all hit provisional qualifying marks in the process.
The third and final day of competition will take place on Friday (May 3) on the campus of Ashland University beginning at 10:45 a.m. for the field events and 12:10 p.m. for the running events. You can follow along with live results by clicking here.