Feb. 1, 2013
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The seventh-ranked Grand Valley State men's track and field team took on GLIAC rival Saginaw Valley State in a dual meet on Friday (Feb. 1) afternoon at the Ryder Center, coming away with 10 provisional marks and a victory, topping the Cardinals 95-43.
In the 60 meter dash, GVSU got off to a great start due to a pair of Lakers who ended up having big days. Sophomores Brent VanEnk (7.00) and Jesse Schwartz (7.09) swept the top two to score the maximum of eight points in the event, then proceeded to both hit provisional marks in the 200 meter dash as the Lakers had the top five results in the event. Schwartz won the event in a time of 22.37 seconds, while junior Logan Hoffman was second (22.41) and VanEnk finished third (22.56), all three hitting NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks. Juniors Nathaniel Hammersmith (22.73) and Chris Teitsma (22.77) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The 400 meter event was much of the same, as GVSU had the top two runners, led by junior Mohamed Mohamed's winning time of 50.37 seconds and sophomore Nathan Fraeyman coming in as the runner-up at 50.51 seconds.
Krauss bested that result by winning the mile run in a time of 4:22.31 to pick up five more team points for the Lakers, while freshman Zach Rutherford (4:28.10) finished fourth.
The Lakers dominated the 3,000 meter run, placing student-athletes in eight of the top 10 finishers, including the top three. Junior Emery Pitcel (8:44.09) won the event, followed by freshman Casey Routledge (8:47.60) in second and sophomore Grant Truskowski (8:50.27) in third.
In the 60 meter hurdles, freshman Sean Wells again performed well, pacing a trio of Lakers who swept the podium in the event. Wells won with a provisional qualifying time of 8.30 seconds, followed by senior Jake Alexander (8.41) and sophomore Kaleb Radke (8.53).
Sophomore Trent Chappell picked up a big victory in the high jump, outdueling Saginaw Valley's Frank Sanders in a battle of two of the top high jumpers in the GLIAC, clearing a mark of 2.01 meters (6'7") in less attempts than Sanders. Freshman Lucas Landis cleared a height of 1.96 meters (6'5") to finish third.
The Lakers swept the podium again in the long jump, as sophomore Brent Brock won the event with a mark of 6.89 meters (22'7.25"), followed by Fraeyman (6.73m/22'1") and junior Steve Reives (6.43m/21'1.25").
Donson then led a group of five Lakers who finished in the top five of the weight throw, as Donson won the event with a provisional qualifying mark of 18.15 meters (59'6.75") and sophomore Lee VanKampen was just behind in second with a toss of 17.83 meters (58'6"). Stiffler also hit a provisional mark in the weight throw with his third-place finish after a throw of 17.21 meters (56'5.75").
GVSU also had a pair of throwers competing at the Findlay Indoor Open, where senior Matt Armstrong finished sixth in the elite shot put group after a provisional qualifying throw of 17.54 meters (57'6.5"). Freshman Darien Thornton competed in the weight throw, hitting a provisional mark of 18.00 meters (59'0.75") to finish in 11th.
The Lakers will be back in Allendale next weekend as they will host one of the biggest meets in NCAA Division II, the GVSU Big Meet, on Friday (Feb. 8) and Saturday (Feb. 9) beginning at 9 a.m. inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.