May 3, 2013
ASHLAND, Ohio - The Grand Valley State women's track and field team dominated the field to win its 14th straight GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Friday (May 3) with 220 points. The men's team finished second with 169 points.
On the women's side, it was the Lakers besting Ashland (109), Tiffin (89), Findlay (70) and Saginaw Valley State (66.5) after the final day of competition.
The men's team finished second with 169 points, trailing only Ashland (199). The rest of the top five was Tiffin (102), Findlay (81) and Lake Erie (60).
The Lakers had a strong showing in the post-meet awards, as senior Sam Lockhart was named the GLIAC Outdoor Women's Field Athlete of the Year and head coach Jerry Baltes was named the GLIAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. On the men's side, freshman Sean Wells was named the GLIAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Freshman Runner of the Year, the first Laker to win the honor since Logan Hoffman in 2011.
Lockhart's award makes her the first GVSU student-athlete to ever win the award. Baltes' honor is his ninth in the last 10 years and his 13th overall.
In addition, Lockhart was nominated as the GLIAC representative for the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Field Athlete of the Year Award, while Hannah Osborn has been named the GLIAC representative for the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Track Athlete of the Year Award. Osborn won the 3,000 meter steeplechase on day two of competition with the fourth-best time in NCAA Division II this year.
The women's team won five event crowns on the day, while the men came away with one. The men set two new school records, while the women set one. The two teams combined for 19 championship qualifying marks, including four automatic marks.
Two of the new school records and three of the automatic qualifying marks came in the throws on the final day of competition.
Darien Thornton broke his own GVSU record in the hammer throw during his second-place finish. His toss of 65.38 meters (214'6") shattered the record he set earlier this outdoor season and gave him an automatic qualifying mark. Teammate Lee VanKampen finished sixth in the event with a throw of 57.27 meters (187'11"), a provisional mark.
On the women's side, it was Lockhart etching her name in the record books yet again. Lockhart unleashed a shot put of 16.80 meters (55'1.5"), a new GVSU record, a new GLIAC record and the second best shot put in NCAA Division II history. She now owns the #2 and #3 shot put marks in Division II history.
Lockhart also had a strong showing in the hammer throw, finishing second with an automatic qualifying toss of 61.48 meters (201'8"). She was joined in the scoring by Laura Schroeder, who finished seventh with a mark of 56.34 meters (184'10"). Katelyn Fox (51.94m/170'5") and Alyssa Zokoe (50.54m/165'10") didn't finish in the scoring, but both hit provisional qualifying marks in the event, as well.
In the only other throws event of the day, the men's shot put found Donny Stiffler finishing fifth with a provisional qualifying mark of 17.23 meters (56'6.5"), while Matt Armstrong hit a provisional mark of his own with a toss of 16.58 meters (54'4.75").
The lone running school record came from Ethan Barnes in the 800 meter final. After setting a new school record during prelim competition, he bested that mark by over half a second, finishing third with a school-record time of 1:50.86, a provisional qualifying mark. Teammate Jeremy Wilk was sixth in the event with a time of 1:52.78. On the women's side of the 800 meter final, Lisa Galasso finished third with a provisional mark of 2:12.56, while Katie Shaheen was eighth in a time of 2:23.84.
In field event action, the men's pole vaulters placed two in the top four. Jake Elbers finished second after clearing a height of 4.90 meters (16'0.75") to score eight points and hit a provisional qualifying mark. Andrew Olszewski finished fourth with a mark of 4.60 meters (15'1").
In the women's high jump, a trio of Lakers scored points for the GVSU effort, led by Jennifer Fuller's tie for fourth place with a height of 1.64 meters (5'4.5"). Jordyn Kiser also cleared 1.64 meters, but finished sixth based on misses. Alisha Weaver tied for eighth with a best height of 1.59 meters (5'2.5").
Tendo Lukwago finished third in the men's triple jump with a mark of 14.43 meters (47'4.25") to score six points, while Michaela Lewis finished fourth on the women's side with a distance of 11.21 meters (36'9.5").
The lone automatic championship qualifying mark in the running events came from Wells in the men's 110 meter hurdles. Wells finished second and just snuck in under the automatic qualifying time of 14.09 seconds.
The women's hurdle events were both won by the Lakers, as Kalena Franklin took home the crown in the 100 meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 13.64 seconds and Andrea Kober won the 400 meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 1:00.20. Carson Jones finished fourth in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:03.53.
In the 400 meter hurdles for the men, a trio of Lakers scored points, led by Hoffman's fourth-place finish in a time of 53.56 seconds. Deonte' Hurst was sixth (54.34) and Chris Teitsma was eighth (57.99).
Three Lakers student-athletes placed in the top four of the women's 100 meter dash. Brittney Banister finished second (12.07), Kayla Addison was third (12.16) and Michaela Lewis was fourth (12.31) to rack up 19 total points in the event. On the men's side, Brent VanEnk was the lone GVSU representative, placing sixth in a time of 10.82 seconds.
In the 200 meter dash events, the women had three scoring student-athletes, led by Banister's third-place finish in a provisional qualifying time of 24.38 seconds. Franklin was fourth with a provisional mark of her own at 24.57 seconds. Addison also scored for the Lakers, finishing seventh with a time of 25.65 seconds.
On the men's side, VanEnk led the way in sixth with a time of 21.81 seconds, while Nathaniel Hammersmith was seventh in a time of 21.91 seconds.
In the 1,500 meter run, the men placed three Lakers in the top six, led by Larry Julson in second with a time of 3:53.82. Bryce Pulley finished fourth (3:54.53) and Steve Krauss was sixth (3:56.12) to rack up 17 total points. For the women, Madie Rodts came across second in a time of 4:40.69.
The biggest point-getter for the men's side was in the 5,000 meter run, as three Lakers finished in the top four, including individual champion Alan Peterson, who won with a time of 14:48.57. He was followed by Stephen Fuelling in second (14:49.02) and Josh Moskalewski in fourth (15:01.46). The three combined for 23 points. On the women's side, Courtney Brewis led the way with a second-place finish in a time of 17:37.26, while Molly Slavens was fourth with a time of 17:56.07.
The women's relays were swept by Lakers, with the team of Carly Scott, Addison, Lewis and Banister taking the 4x100 relay in a provisional qualifying time of 46.52 seconds. The 4x400 relay team of Terry, Banister, Kober and Franklin won the title as well, crossing in a time of 3:46.93.
For the men, both relay teams came home third. The 4x100 relay team of Jesse Schwartz, Hammersmith, Wells and VanEnk crossed the line in a time of 41.36 seconds, while the 4x400 team of Wells, Hoffman, Daniel Pung and Mohamed Mohammed finished in a time of 3:17.71.
The Lakers will now prepare for their last track meets before nationals. GVSU will host a pair of last chance meets at the Laker Track & Field Stadium, beginning with the GVSU 2nd to Last Chance meet on Friday (May 10) at 1 p.m. The GVSU Last Chance meet will take place on Saturday (May 11) at 11 a.m.