Feb. 15, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The fifth-ranked Grand Valley State men's track and field team made the most of its final indoor meet before conference championships, hitting nine provisional qualifying marks and breaking two school records on Friday (Feb. 15) inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.
For the second straight week, Tendo Lukwago broke the GVSU triple jump record. Lukwago, who set a new mark last weekend with a distance of 14.55 meters, bested that on Friday with a 14.79 meter (48'6.25") effort to win the event.
Another school record fell in the weight throw, as freshman sensation Darien Thornton unleashed a throw of 20.15 meters (66'1.5"), breaking Jason VanElst's school record of 20.05 meters from 2002. Thornton's mark is currently the second-best in Division II this year. He was closely followed by Donny Stiffler, who hit a provisional mark of his own in finishing second, registering a toss of 18.15 meters (59'6.75").
In the other throws event, GVSU had a trio of student-athletes hit provisional qualifying marks. Matt Armstrong led the way with a throw of 17.31 meters (56'9.5"). In third was Thornton with a toss of 16.32 meters (53'6.5"), while Stiffler was fourth (16.30m/53'5.75").
In the long jump, Logan Howe just snuck in a provisional qualifying mark, winning the event with a leap of 7.10 meters (23'3.5"). Brent Brock was second, one of two runner-up finishes for him on the day, with a mark of 7.02 meters (23'0.5"). Brock also finished second in the triple jump behind Lukwago's school record, hitting a mark of 12.77 meters (41'10.75"). Nathan Fraeyman completed the podium sweep for the Lakers in the long jump, finishing third with a distance of 6.84 meters (22'5.25").
Brent VanEnk just missed out on a provisional qualifying mark in the 60 meter dash, finishing second in both the prelims and finals with times of 6.95 and 6.96 seconds, respectively, just missing out on the 6.88 second provisional qualifying time.
In the 3,000 meter run, GVSU swept the top three spots, led by Joe Graves who won the event with a time of 8:29.34. Emery Pitcel was second (8:29.37) in a close race, while Grant Truskowski came across third (8:33.64).
The final provisional qualifying mark of the day came from freshman Sean Wells, who had the fastest time in the 60 meter prelims with a provisional mark of 8.16 seconds. He would go on to win the finals with a time of 8.28 seconds.
Trent Chappell continued his great performances in the high jump, winning the event and hitting a provisional qualifying mark with a leap of 2.04 meters (6'8.25"), while Lucas Landis finished third after clearing a height of 1.94 meters (6'4.25").
The Lakers will now prepare for the GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, beind held inside the Kelly Family Sports Center next Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 23-24), beginning at 10 a.m.