GVSU Breaks Three School Records at Laker Early Bird
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ALLENDALE, Mich. - In one of the first indoor track meets in the country, the Grand Valley State track and field teams were able to hit 15 NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks at the Laker Early Bird on Friday (Dec. 6) at the Kelly Family Sports Center.
In the process, GVSU broke three school records and two Kelly Family Sports Center records.
School records broken included senior Kalena Franklin in the 300 meter dash, which she won in a time of 39.13 seconds, one of her two victories on the day. She also won the 60 meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 8.40 seconds.
A school record and facility record were broken by sophomore Ethan Barnes in the 1000 meter run, as he won the event with a time of 2:25.29, breaking his own school record from last season.
The third school record was broken by senior Nathaniel Hammersmith in the 300 meter run, as he finished fourth with a time of 34.42 seconds, also breaking his own record from last season.
Breaking another facility record was senior Lisa Galasso in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:57.57, which won the event.
In the throws, sophomore Blake Donson won the weight throw with a provisional qualifying mark of 18.14 meters (59'6.25"), and also picked up a top five finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.58 meters (44'6.75"). Also in the shot put was freshman Chris Saikalis, who hit a provisional qualifying mark with his winning throw of 17.12 meters (56'2"). Saikalis also had a top five finish in the weight throw with a mark of 15.63 meters (51'3.5").
The other individual male provisional mark of the day went to sophomore Sean Wells, who won the 60 meter hurdles competition with a time of 8.12 seconds.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team also hit a provisional mark, as the team of Hammersmith, Wells, senior Logan Hoffman and freshman TJ Burnett finished second with a time of 3:15.89, less than a second behind the automatic qualifying mark.
Other men picking up an event victory was junior Nathan Fraeyman in the long jump (6.86m/22'6.25").
On the women's side, there were provisional qualifying marks hit by senior Kayla Addison in the 60 meter dash (7.75 seconds), senior Courtney Brewis in the 5000 meter run (17:06.09), junior Jessica Janecke in the 5000 meter run (16:52.88), sophomore Allyson Winchester in the 5000 meter run (17:33.96), and senior Alyssa Zokoe in the weight throw (18.42m/60'5.25"), an event which she won.
Picking up two provisional qualifying marks was true freshman Becca Leppelmeier in both the shot put and weight throw. She finished third in both events, with a throw of 13.77 meters (45'2.25") to be the top Division II finisher, and a toss of 16.50 meters (54'1.75") in the weight throw.
The 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Brittany Terry, junior Brittney Banister, Addison and Franklin finished second and picked up a provisional qualifying mark of 3:51.25.
Junior Catherine Cieslinski also picked up an event victory, winning the high jump with a mark of 1.61 meters (5'3.25"), winning a jump-off with Lewis' Amber Cook by clearing 1.60 meters.
The Laker track and field teams will next host the GVSU Holiday Open next Friday (Dec. 13) at 3 p.m. inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.