GVSU - Men Claim 2012 GLIAC Indoor Championship
Provided by GVSU
Feb. 25, 2012
Findlay, Ohio - The 12th-ranked Grand Valley State men's track and field squad won their 12th GLIAC indoor track and field championship in the last 13 years on Saturday (Feb. 25), collecting 150.50 team points to take the crown.
Head coach Jerry Baltes was named co-GLIAC Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year as his team outdistanced second-place Ashland (120) by 30.50 points.
Senior Xavier Parnell finished fourth in the finals of the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.97 seconds in a race that was about as close as you can get. The top five finishers in the finals were all within five-hundredths of a second of each other.
In the 200 meter dash finals, sophomore Nathaniel Hammersmith garnered a fifth-place finish with a time of 22.38 seconds. Fellow sophomore Logan Hoffman finished sixth in the 400 meter dash finals with a time of 49.64 seconds.
In the 800 meter final, sophomore Jeremy Wilk came home seventh with a time of 1:56.68 to earn points for the Lakers while two other GVSU student-athletes finished in the top 10. Sophomore Eric Phillips was ninth (1:57.04) while junior Scott McKeel finished 10th (1:57.28).
Senior Jeff Nordquist notched a second-place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:12.87, an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark. Sophomore Bryce Pulley wasn't far behind, finishing fifth in the event with a time of 4:15.75.
The Lakers dominated the 3,000 meter event, placing four runners in the top five. Senior Anthony Witt took home the title in the event with a time of 8:24.52, while fellow senior Ryan Toth came home third in a time of 8:27.00. Just behind him were sophomore Alan Peterson (8:30.93) and junior Jake Isaacson (8:34.23) in fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the 60 meter hurdle finals, seniors Ryan Brown (8.38) and Rick Kwasnik (8.43) finished fifth and seventh.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Hammersmith, Parnell, Hoffman and sophomore Mohamed Mohamed finished in third with a provisional qualifying time of 3:19.01.
In the field events, freshman Trent Chappell hit a provisional qualifying mark after clearing a height of 2.04 meters (6'8.25") in the high jump to finish third. The Lakers then wrapped up big points in the pole vault, placing three student-athletes in the top six. Sophomore Bret Myers recorded a provisional mark after clearing a height of 4.94 meters (16'2.5") to finish second, while junior Raphael Gelo finished third with a height of 4.79 meters (15'8.5") with a provisional mark of his own. Senior Travis Fisher finished sixth in the event with a height of 4.49 meters (14'8.75").
Sophomore Steven Reives finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 13.83 meters (45'4.5") after he finished fifth in the men's heptathlon earlier in the day, just barely missing a provisional qualifying mark with a point total of 4,568.
Senior Daniel Vanek finished second in the men's shot put with an automatic qualifying mark of 18.59 meters (61'0"), while junior Donny Stiffler finished fourth in the event with a throw of 17.10 meters (56'1.25"), a provisional mark.
The Lakers finished the meet with 150.50 points while second-place Ashland had 120 points. In third was Findlay (108), followed by Tiffin (83.50) in fourth and Hillsdale (53) rounding out the top five. Lake Superior State (45), Lake Erie (35.50), Northwood (33), Saginaw Valley State (29) and Ohio Dominican (5.50) rounded out the field.
GVSU will now have a week off before traveling to the NCAA Division II National Championships in Mankato, Minn. on March 9th and 10th.