GVSU - Women Rack Up Top 10's at Indiana Relays
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Bloomington, Ind. - The women's track and field team had 10 student-athletes finish within the top 10 at day two of the Indiana University Relays at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse on Saturday (Jan. 28), including 11 national qualifying marks.
The Lakers were one of only a handful of Division II schools competing against mostly Division I institutions on both days of the meet.
Autumn Lantz had a 12th place finish in the 200 meter dash, finishing in a time of 26.36 seconds.
In the 800 meter invitational event, Chanelle Caldwell and Lisa Galasso each hit provisional qualifying marks as Caldwell finished in fifth (2:13.18) while Galasso came in 11th (2:15.45). In the non-invite 800 meter event,Jessica Janecke just barely missed out on a qualifying mark, finishing in eighth place with a time of 2:16.30.
Kalena Franklin ran two heats of the 60 meter hurdles on Saturday after qualifying for the semi-finals on Friday. In the semi-finals, Franklin finished eighth with a time of 8.74 seconds to earn the last spot in the finals of the event. In the finals, she came in sixth place with a time of 8.75 seconds. Both performances were provisional qualifying marks.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Caldwell, Leiah Hess, Franklin and Aileen Lemanski came home 12th with a time of 3:53.80, a provisional mark. In the 4x800 race, the Lakers were the top Division II team in the results, coming in third place with a time of 9:14.14 from Janecke, Madie Rodts, Karie McDonald and Ashley Botham.
The Lakers had a bevy of high finishes in the field events.Alisha Weaver was the highest Division II athlete in the high jump, clearing a provisional qualifying height of 1.67 meters.
In the pole vault, both Jocelyn Kuksa (eighth) and Kristen Hixson (ninth) cleared a height of 3.80 meters, both provisional qualifying marks. Kuksa was the highest Division II finisher.
In the weight throw invitational event, Sam Lockhart came home 10th with a toss of 18.42 meters while Liz Murphyfinished 13th with a distance of 18.26 meters, both provisional marks.
The shot put invitational event was where the Lakers got a pair of automatic qualifying marks as Lauren Bureshwas the highest Division II athlete with a seventh place finish on a toss of 15.33 meters while Lockhart came in ninth after a 15.14 meter throw.
The Lakers will be back in action on Friday (Feb. 3) when they head to University Center, Mich. to take on GLIAC rival Saginaw Valley State in dual-meet action.