Feb. 8, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The top-ranked Grand Valley State women's track and field team had a solid day of work on day one of the GVSU Big Meet, racking up 24 qualifying marks inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.
In the 200 meter dash, sophomore Brittney Banister picked up an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark with a time of 25.08 seconds, while soccer-turned-track star Kayla Addison did the same with a time of 25.28 seconds.
A trio of Lakers picked up provisional marks in the 800 meter run, led by junior Lisa Galasso with a time of 2:13.24, who finished ninth. Freshmen Natalie Nelson (12th; 2:14.95) and Katie Shaheen (15th; 2:15.32) also hit provisional marks.
Another trio accomplished the same feat in the mile run, led by sophomore Hannah Osborn's time of 4:54.21, good for a sixth-place finish. The time is the seventh-best mark in Division II so far this season. Freshmen Alison Work finished 10th (4:57.65) and freshman Katelyn Cliff was 11th (4:57.90) also hit provisional marks.
Sophomore Jessica Janecke had another stellar performance in the 3,000 meter run, finishing second with a time of 9:42.79, the sixth-best time in Division II this season. Freshman Allyson Winchester was seventh (9:53.79), while freshman Amy Creutz (9:55.81) was ninth, all three recording provisional qualifying marks.
Juniors Molly Slavens (17:00.70) and Courtney Brewis (17:26.40) both hit provisional qualifying marks in the 5,000 meter run, as well.
Junior Kalena Franklin had a career day in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing second with a time of 8.55 seconds in the prelims, then torching the field with a winning time of 8.39 seconds in the finals, a new personal-best and the fourth-best time in Division II this season.
Franklin also combined with Banister, freshman Brittany Terry and junior Andrea Kober to hit an automatic qualifying mark in the 4x400 meter relay, finishing fourth with a time of 3:45.58, the fifth-best 4x400 meter relay time in Division II this year.
Junior Alisha Weaver finished fourth in the high jump, just missing out on an automatic qualifying mark by finishing fourth with a height of 1.72 meters (5'7.75"), the seventh-best mark in Division II currently.
Six Lakers hit qualifying marks in the women's pole vault competition, led by junior Kristen Hixson's automatic mark of 4.07 meters (13'4.25"), good enough for a third-place finish. It was the first time since February 24th, 2012 that Hixson has recorded a height in the pole vault but not won the event.
Hitting provisional marks in the pole vault were sophomore Jacqueline Williams (fifth) and junior Caley Faulkner (eighth) with a height of 3.67 meters (12'0.5"), and the trio of freshman Alexandra Kitz (14th), senior Amy Reynolds (16th) and sophomore Jennifer Schorank (18th) with a cleared height of 3.52 meters (11'6.5").
Senior Sam Lockhart continued her dominance in the throws, hitting two automatic qualifying marks. In the shot put, Lockhart finished second with a toss of 16.26 meters (53'4.25"), while she won the weight throw with a mark of 21.05 meters (69'0.75").
The Lakers will continue competition at the GVSU Big Meet on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 11 a.m. inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.