May 10, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams had a host of great showings at the GVSU 2nd To Last Chance Meet on Friday (May 10), including three new school records at the GVSU Track & Field Stadium.
The women's team entered the meet fourth in the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings, while the men were seventh.
The Lakers hit 14 qualifying marks on the women's side, including one automatic mark, while the men tallied eight qualifying marks, also with one automatic.
The women's 4x100 meter relay team of Carly Scott, Kayla Addison, Michaela Lewis and Brittney Banister turned in a new school record and stadium record, finishing in a provisional time of 45.75 seconds. The previous school record of 46.09 seconds was set by the same group of Lakers earlier this season, while the stadium record had been 46.00 seconds flat by an Indiana Tech squad last year.
The other school record broken on the women's side was by Kristen Hixson in the women's pole vault. Her automatic mark of 4.25 meters (13'11.25") is a new school record, breaking her own previous record of 4.16 meters. It would have been a stadium record as well, however, current indoor women's pole vault world record holder Jennifer Suhr was competing as well and cleared a height of 4.80 meters (15'9").
Four other women's pole vaulters hit provisional marks for the Lakers, as Aleandra Kitz and Jacqueline Williams both cleared 3.71 meters (12'2"), while Amy Reynolds vaulted 3.61 meters (11'10") and Jennifer Schornak cleared 3.60 meters (11'9.75").
For the men, it was Tendo Lukwago putting his name in the GVSU record book. He took claim of the indoor triple jump record earlier this year, and now his name is on the outdoor record as well. Lukwago won the event with a leap of 14.56 meters (47'9.25"), a provisional mark. It broke the previous school record of 14.49 meters by Kirk Manchip back in 2004.
The lone automatic mark of the day on the men's side came from Darien Thornton, who finished third in the hammer throw with a toss of 64.55 meters (211'9"). Teammate Lee VanKampen finished ninth in the event with a throw of 54.96 meters (180'4"), a provisional mark. Also competing in the event was Olympian and Ashland alumni A.G. Kruger, who set a new stadium record by unleashing a toss of 76.28 meters (250'3"), shattering the old facility record of just over 70 meters.
The list of provisional marks was scattered across both running and fielding events. Banister hit a provisional mark in the 100 meter Lisa Galasso hit one in the 800 meter event with a time of 2:12.60. Kalena Franklin was part of two provisional marks, beginning with the 100 meter hurdle prelims, when she crossed in a time of 13.62 seconds, just barely missing out on an automatic mark. She then teamed up with Brittany Terry, Leiah Hess and Andrea Kober in the 4x400 meter relay to hit a provisional mark of 3:45.87.
A trio of provisional marks were hit in the throws on the women's side, including Jamie Smith in the discus (45.73m/150'0") and the pair of Laura Schroeder (55.39m/181'9") and Katelyn Fox (52.91m/173'7") in the hammer throw.
On the men's side, the two individual provisional marks belonged to Stephen Fuelling, won won the 5,000 meter event with a time of 14:31.24, and Jake Isaacson, who finished third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 9:16.77. The other running provisional mark went to the 4x400 meter relay team of Nathaniel Hammersmith, Chris Teitsma, Logan Hoffman and Mohamed Mohamed, who finished with a time of 3:14.00.
In the pole vault, a pair of Laker student-athletes hit provisional qualifying marks. Both Raphael Gelo and Andrew Olszewski cleared 4.84 meters (15'10.5"), with Gelo winning the event based on misses.
The Lakers will participate in and host the final home outdoor meet of the season on Saturday (May 11) at the Laker Track & Field Stadium, as student-athletes will converge on the facility to take part in the GVSU Last Chance Meet at 11 a.m.