May 3, 2012
GVSU Laker Women Hold Lead After Day Two of GLIAC Championships Comments Views- 573
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Allendale, Mich. - The second-ranked Grand Valley State women, looking to capture their 13th straight GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, are off to a solid start after scoring 77 points on day two of competition. Four Lakers won individual titles, including one automatic mark.
Hosting the event on home turf at the GVSU Track & Field/Lacrosse Stadium, the Lakers put on a show for the home fans, outdistancing Ashland by 13.5 points after two days of competition.
The biggest performance of the day came from junior Liz Murphy (Washington, Mich./Romeo) who won the hammer throw competition with a toss of 62.62 meters, a throw good enough to move her in to the top spot of the NCAA Division II outdoor qualifying list. The hammer competition contained 15 of the top 50 throwers in Division II so far this season and Murphy was able to out throw them all to earn a big 10 points for the Lakers.
Sophomore Alyssa Zokoe (Coopersville, Mich.) also scored points for the Lakers in the event, finishing fifth with a toss of 54.47 meters, just underneath her seed mark. Improving on her provisional mark in the event was junior Katelyn Fox (Belmont, Mich./Rockford), who used a throw of 52.73 meters to finish ninth.
Sophomore Kristen Hixson (Remus, Mich./Chippewa Hills) won the pole vault competition after clearing a height of 3.96 meters, an automatic qualifying mark. Senior Jocelyn Kuksa (Palatine, Ill.) finished third in the event with a height of 3.86 meters, a provisional mark and an improvement over her pervious best of the outdoor season. Freshman Jacqueline Williams (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lakeview) gave the Lakers three vaulters with points in the competition, clearing a height of 3.61 meters to finish sixth.
GVSU cleaned up in the 10,000 meter run, placing four student-athletes in the top eight. Sophomore Kelcie Severson (Rockford, Mich.) won the title in the event with a provisional qualifying time of 36:59.45 and was followed just behind by sophomore Molly Slavens (Canton, Mich./Plymouth), who crossed the line in a provisional time of 37:04.34 to finish in second. Rounding out the podium-sweeping trio was sophomore Courtney Brewis (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) in third with a provisional time of 37:05.19. Also scoring in the event for the Lakers was sophomore Brianna Hewett (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) who finished sixth with a time of 38:39.05, giving the Lakers 27 points in the 10k event alone.
The 3,000 meter steeplechase was another event the Lakers dominated, with redshirt freshman Hannah Osborn (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) winning the event with a provisional time of 11:01.52. Placing third in the event was freshman Jordan Chester (Valparaiso, Ind./Boone Grove) with a time of 11:10.65, while eighth went to sophomore Kelsey Young (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) with a time of 12:17.76 to score the Lakers 17 points in the event.
In preliminary competition, freshman Brittney Banister (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) was fifth in the 100 meter dash with a provisional qualifying time of 11.88 seconds, improving her previous best by a tenth of a second. She also qualified third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.68 seconds. Also in the 100 meter dash, sophomore Brittney Jackson (Highland Hts., Ohio/Laurel) finished third with a season-best time of 11.99 seconds.
Senior Chanelle Caldwell (Toledo, Ohio/Indiana Tech) finished second in the 800 meter run prelims with a time of 2:14.59, while sophomore Kalena Franklin (West Branch, Mich./Ogemaw Heights) hit a provisional mark and season-best time of 13.90 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles to place fourth.
Sophomore Leiah Hess (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview) was second during prelims of the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.56 seconds, a full second improvement over her entry time.
GVSU leads the competition after seven events with 77 team points. Ashland is second with 63.50 points, followed by Northern Michigan (28.50), Tiffin (25), Findlay (23), Hillsdale (17), Ferris State (16), Saginaw Valley State (13), Northwood (8) and Lake Superior State (2).
The third and final day of competition will get under way at 11 a.m. on Friday (May 4) with the field events. Running events, all of which are finals, will begin at 12:10 p.m.
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