Grand Valley State sweeps SVSU in dual meet action
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams both picked up victories in dual meet action on Friday (Jan. 24) against rival Saginaw Valley State inside the Ryder Center. The fourth-ranked men picked up an 85-54 victory, while the second-ranked women's team earned an 81-54 victory over the 20th-ranked Cardinals.
On the day, the women's team collected nine event victories and two provisional qualifying marks, while the men's team earned 10 event victories, six provisional qualifying marks and broke three meet records.
One of the three new meet records now belongs to Trent Chappell in the high jump (2.10m/6'10.75"), who broke Patrick Livengood's record of 2.03 meters from 2012 and hit a provisional qualifying mark with the effort. Chappell's mark is currently the third-best in Division II for the year, while Lukwago's is good for 10th-best.
Bret Myers, in his first action of the indoor season, hit a provisional mark and set a new meet record in the pole vault, clearing a height of 5.00 meters (16'4.75"), breaking a record previously held by Kevin Leland from last season. Myers' mark is currently the fifth-best in Division II this season.
The final meet record was set by Nathan Fraeyman in the long jump, who won with a mark of 6.94 meters (22'9.25"), surpassing the meet record set by Brent Brock last season, who finished second in this year's contest.
Other provisional marks were hit by Sean Wells in his 60 meter hurdles victory (8.25), Chris Saikalis in his shot put victory (17.04m/55'11"), Jay Lechner in his weight throw victory (17.59m/57'8.5") and Tendo Lukwago in his second-place high jump performance (2.05m/6'8.75").
The remaining event victories went to Brent VanEnk in the 60 meter dash (7.09), Odell McFarland in the 200 meter dash (22.67), Greg Madendorp in the 3000 meter run (8:52.60), and the team of Wells, Logan Hoffman, Deonte' Hurst and TJ Burnett in the 4x400 meter relay (3:22.68).
On the women's side, the two provisional marks were both hit in the weight throw competition. Laura Schroeder won the event with a toss of 18.28 meters (59'11.75"), while Alyssa Zokoe hit a provisional mark as the runner-up with a throw of 17.29 meters (56'8.75").
The other eight event winners were Kayla Addison in both the 60 meter dash (7.85) and 200 meter dash (25.91), Lisa Galasso in the 400 meter dash, Natalie Nelson in the 800 meter run (2:21.59), Kirsten Smith in the 60 meter hurdles (9.25), Alexandra Kitz and Caley Faulkner in the pole vault (3.54m/11'7.25"), Sarah Talbott in the long jump (5.32m/17'5.5"), and the team of Andrea Kober, Nelson, Galasso and Brittany Terry in the 4x400 meter relay (4:01.35).
The Lakers will be back at home next Saturday (Feb. 1) for the GVSU 5-Way, when the Lakers will take on Hillsdale, Lewis, St. Joseph's (Ind.) and Lincoln (Mo.) at 1 p.m. inside the Kelly Family Sports Center. For the women's event, it will be a match-up of #1 (Lincoln) versus #2 (GVSU) in a highly-anticipated battle. Following the GVSU 5-Way meet, the Kelly Family Sports Center will serve as the host to a dual meet between Michigan and Michigan State at 6 p.m. For more information on attending the meet, click here.