GVSU - Laker Men Defeat Saginaw Valley State 126-54

GVSU - Laker Men Defeat Saginaw Valley State 126-54

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ALLENDALE, Mich. – The 16th-ranked Grand Valley State men’s track & field team swept 11 events en route to a 126-54 win against visiting Saginaw Valley State on a cold Saturday afternoon at the Laker Track & Field Stadium.

Senior Jeff Nordquist set an NCAA provisional mark in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:16.31. In the shot put, junior Donny Stiffler also set a provisional mark (16.10) with a throw of 17.41m. Sophomore Logan Hoffman also hit a provisional mark with a time of 53.46 in the 400m hurdles. Classmate Chris Teitsma just missed the mark of 53.60 with a time of 53.77 to finish second.

Opening up the spring events, senior Xavier Parnell finished with a time of 10.78 in the 100m dash, while freshmen Jesse Schwartz (11.08) and Brent VanEnk (11.10) finished right behind. In the 200 dash, sophomore Nathaniel Hammersmith crossed the line at 21.92. Parnell (22.12) finished second and Schwartz (22.73) took third. Freshman Daniel Pung placed first with a time of 50.24 in the 400m dash.

In the 800m event, freshman Ethan Barnes took first, crossing the line at 1:54.46, while sophomore Jeremy Wilk was a close second at 1:54.66.

Senior Ryan Toth claimed a first-place finish with a time of 3:59.84 in the 1500m, while junior Eric Phillips finished second at 4:01.33. Sophomore Bryce Pulley took third with a time of 4:01.87. In the 3000m, sophomore Alan Peterson (8:34.78) took the top spot with redshirt freshman Grant Truskowski (8:37.64) and sophomore Josh Moskalewski (8:38.13) taking second and third, respectively.

GVSU’s relay team of Parnell, VanEnk, Schwartz and Hammersmith clocked in at 41.95 in the 4x100 relay to place first. In the 4x400 relay, Hammersmith, Pung, sophomore Mohamed Mohamed and Hoffman clocked in at 3:21.50 for a first-place finish.

Redshirt freshman Trent Chappell finished second in the high jump with a height of 1.98 meters. He matched the Cardinals’ Frank Sanders, height, but achieved the feat later to take second place.

In the pole vault, junior Raphael Gelo took first with a vault of 4.75m, while sophomore Bret Myers and freshman Nathan Fraeyman each hit a height of 4.60m to place second and third, respectively.

Sophomore Tendo Lukwago placed first with a jump of 6.42m in the long jump, while freshmen Brent Brock (6.38m) and Nathan Fraeyman (6.36m) finished second and third, respectively. In the triple jump, sophomore Steven Reives placed first with a jump of 12.74m, while Brock took second with a jump of 12.57m.

In the throwing events, Stiffler took first in both the shot put and discus. In the discus he tossed a distance of 46.83m. Junior Andrew Gorley picked up a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.60m.

GVSU is back in action on Saturday, April 7 with half of the squad traveling to North Carolina for the Duke Invitational, while others will go to Ferris State.