Feb. 15, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The top-ranked Grand Valley State women's track and field team took part in the final meet before the track and field "post season" begins next weekend, hitting 11 qualifying marks and winning eight events at the GVSU Tune-Up on Friday (Feb. 15) afternoon inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.
Kayla Addison, one of Grand Valley State's soccer stars, continues to improve in each meet for the Lakers, winning two events and hitting two NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks. After finishing third in the 60 meter dash prelims, Addison edged out two other Lakers to win the finals in a provisional qualifying time of 7.73 seconds. Michaela Lewis and Brittney Banister also recorded times of 7.73 seconds to finish second and third, respectively, but drilling the results down to the thousandth-place handed Addison the win.
She followed that up with a victory in the 200 meter dash in a time of 25.00 seconds, another provisional qualifying mark. Banister finished second yet again in that event, crossing in a time of 25.09 seconds, also a provisional mark.
In the mile run, senior Monica Kinney made a rare appearance on the track, as the GVSU mile record holder finished second after hitting a provisional qualifying mark with a time of 4:58.80.
Kalena Franklin put together another victory in the 60 meter hurdles, hitting a time of 8.62 seconds to qualify as the top seed, then won the finals with a time of 8.63 seconds, both provisional qualifying marks.
In the field events, Jordyn Kiser won a hotly-contested high jump contest, clearing a height of 1.61 meters, then clearing 1.64 meters (5'4.5") in a jump-off to determine the winner. Three other Lakers finished in the top five, with Jennifer Fuller in third after a height of 1.61 meters (5'3.25") and Rachelle Sandbrook and Catherine Cieslinski finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, both clearing a height of 1.51 meters (4'11.5").
In the pole vault, GVSU put two student-athletes in the top three, led by Michaila Lawcock finishing second with a provisional qualifying mark of 3.50 meters (11'5.75"). Taylor VanPutten was just behind in third after clearing 3.35 meters (10'11.75"). Hillsdale's Kayla Caldwell ran away with the competition though, tying the Kelly Family Sports Center record of 4.25 meters to win the event.
Michaela Lewis continued to dominate her long jump and triple jump events, winning both. Lewis hit a mark of 5.21 meters (17'1.25") in the long jump and 11.25 meters (36'11") in the triple jump.
The Lakers continued to perform well in the throws, placing three student-athletes in the top five of the weight throw, all hitting provisional qualifying marks. Jamie Smith won the event with a best throw of 18.57 meters (60'11.25"), the ninth-best mark in Division II this year, while Laura Schroeder was third (17.40m/57'1") and Katelyn Fox was fifth (16.52m/54'2.5").
GVSU will now prepare for the GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships next weekend, being hosted inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 23-24), beginning at 10 a.m.