Feb. 1, 2013
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The top-ranked Grand Valley State women's track and field team kept things at a high level on Friday (Feb. 1) afternoon, downing Saginaw Valley State in dual meet action at the Ryder Center, 85-50. The Lakers entered the day ranked first in the USTFCCCA rankings and 17th in the Track and Field News Women's Dual Meet rankings.
GVSU hit nine provisional qualifying marks in the dual meet, while three more qualifying marks were hit at the Findlay Indoor Open, where the Lakers had a couple throwers competing.
Banister had another top three finish in the 200 meter dash, placing third with a time of 25.37 seconds, good for an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark. Junior Kalena Franklin led the way in that event, however, winning with a provisional qualifying time of 24.94 seconds. Finishing fourth was GVSU soccer star Kayla Addison with a provisional qualifying mark of 25.56 seconds.
The Lakers took the top two spots in the 400 meter event, with junior Lisa Galasso crossing the line first in a time of 58.96 seconds. Junior Aileen Lemanski was just behind, finishing second in 59.50 seconds.
Freshman Jahnell Horton placed third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:21.58, while freshman Brittany Terry picked up the other GVSU point in the event, finishing fifth in a time of 2:25.01.
Franklin picked up her second victory of the day in the 60 meter hurdles, hitting a provisional qualifying time of 8.54 seconds. Freshman Erica Hobson was the runner-up in a time of 9.38 seconds, giving the Lakers eight team points in the event.
Senior Jennifer Fuller led a group of three Lakers to sweep the podium in the high jump, clearing a provisional qualifying mark of 1.69 meters (5'6.5"). Sophomore Jordyn Kiser and junior Alisha Weaver finished second and third, respectively, after clearing a height of 1.64 meters (5'4.5").
A pair of Laker student-athletes hit provisional qualifying marks in the pole vault, with sophomore Jennifer Schorank leading the way. Schorank and junior Caley Faulkner both cleared a height of 3.50 meters (11'5.75") to finish first and second.
The two point-scorers for the Lakers in the shot put were senior Katelyn Fox, who finished second after a toss of 11.82 meters (38'9.5"), while freshman Laura Schroeder was third with a throw of 10.92 meters (35'10"). Those same two swapped spots in the weight throw, as Schroeder won the event with a toss of 16.79 meters (55'1") and Fox was second with a throw of 16.08 meters (52'9.25"), both provisional qualifying marks.
At the Findlay Indoor Open, a pair of Lakers were competing against some of the top throwers in the country, as senior Sam Lockhart won the elite shot put event with a new season-best mark of 16.32 meters (53'6.5"), an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying mark and the best throw in Division II by over five feet. She followed that up with a third-place finish in the elite weight throw with an automatic qualifying mark of 20.31 meters (66'7.75").
Junior Alyssa Zokoe also competed in the elite weight throw, finishing fifth after a provisional qualifying mark of 18.67 meters (61'3").
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.