Jan. 11, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The top-ranked Grand Valley State women's track and field team had a strong showing on Friday (Jan. 11) afternoon at the Bob Eubanks Open inside the Kelly Family Sports Center, hitting nine qualifying marks, including a highlight pole vault performance.
The biggest mark of the day was hit by junior Kristen Hixson (Remus, Mich./Chippewa Hills) in the pole vault, as she cleared a height of 4.09 meters to win the event, the highest height cleared in women's NCAA Division II so far this year. It was an automatic qualifying mark and keeps Hixson unbeaten in competitions that she has registered a height in dating back to the 2012 GLIAC Indoor Championships nearly a calendar year ago, when she finished second. The 4.09 meter height is the third-best mark she has cleared in her collegiate career, trailing only the 4.16 meter mark she cleared at the GVSU 2nd to Last Chance Meet during last outdoor season and the 4.15 meter height she cleared to win the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship.
Senior Sam Lockhart (Lansing, Mich./Sexton) again had a top outing, finishing first in both the shot put and weight throw competitions against a plethora of Division I opponents. Lockhart hit an automatic qualifying mark in the weight throw with a toss of 20.43 meters and won the shot put with a provisional qualifying throw of 14.09 meters.
Two other Lakers hit provisional qualifying marks in the weight throw, as junior Alyssa Zokoe (Coopersville, Mich.) finished third with a toss of 18.16 meters and redshirt freshman Laura Schroeder (Sanford, Mich./Meridian) was seventh with a throw of 16.40 meters.
A pair of GVSU student-athletes notched provisional qualifying marks in the 60 meter dash, with junior Brittney Jackson (Highland Hts., Ohio/Laurel) winning the event in a time of 7.67 seconds and sophomore Michaela Lewis (Flint, Mich./Central) finishing fifth with a time of 7.75 seconds.
Lewis also recorded solid finishes in the 200 meter dash (25.89) with a seventh-place finish and a runner-up tally in the long jump (5.51m).
The final individual provisional qualifying mark went to junior Kalena Franklin (West Branch, Mich./Ogemaw Heights), who finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.58 seconds. Franklin also had a third-place showing in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.40 seconds.
One of the more impressive performances of the day came from GVSU soccer All-American Kayla Addison (Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day), who was competing in the first track meet of her Laker career. The soccer star had a strong debut, finishing eighth in the 60 meter dash (7.86) and sixth in the 200 meter dash (25.83).
The 4x400 meter relay team of freshman Brittany Terry (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood), sophomore Brittney Banister (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth), junior Andrea Kober (Conklin, Mich./Sparta) and Franklin hit a provisional mark of 3:49.57 during their third-place finish in the event, but it was not enough to improve on their prior best performance of the season.
One Kelly Family Sports Center record fell on Friday. Notre Dame's Michelle Brown set a new record by nearly two seconds in the 300 meter dash, crossing the line in a time of 38.76 seconds. The top three finishers in the event all broke the previous facility record.
The top-ranked Laker women's track and field squad will now prepare for next Friday's (Jan. 18) Mike Lints Alumni Open, the fourth meet of the indoor season that GVSU will host inside the Kelly Family Sports Center. Competition will begin at 2 p.m.