GVSU - Track Teams in Top Three After Day One of Championship
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams are both off to great starts at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship after Friday's (Mar. 14) first day. The women's squad leads with 25 points and the men's team finds itself in third with 17.5 points after five scored events on day one at the JDL Fast Track.
The women got their first points on the board in the women's pole vault, where Jennifer Schornak made herself an All-American with a seventh-place performance after a vault of 3.70 meters (12'1.5") to earn two points.
In the weight throw, senior Alyssa Zokoe picked up an All-American honor with a sixth-place finish, recording a toss of 18.54 meters (60'10"). She was outdone by teammate Laura Schroeder, as she unleashed a throw of 18.85 meters (61'10.25") to finish third and earn six big points.
The top performance of day one for the women came in the 5,000 meter run, where senior Courtney Brewis finished second with a time of 17:06.16 to pick up eight team points. She was followed closely by teammate Jessica Janecke in fourth with a time of 17:09.22 as they both earned All-American honors. Allyson Winchester also competed as well, finishing 14th with a time of 17:39.27.
The final scored women's event of the day was the distance medley relay, where the Laker team of Katie Shaheen, Andrea Kober, Natalie Nelson and Kendra Foley finished eighth with a time of 11:53.05 to earn All-American status.
In preliminary action, Kalena Franklin advanced in two events. She finished third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.32 seconds to advance to Saturday's final, then qualified in sixth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.50 seconds to advance. In addition to the 4x400 meter relay, Franklin will have a busy final day of competition.
Running in prelims but not advancing to Saturday's finals were Katelyn Cliff (5:01.89) and Jordan Chester (5:10.85) in the mile, Michaela Lewis (7.72) in the 60 meter dash and Lisa Galasso (2:14.70) in the 800 meter run.
The women's 25 points lead Adams State (20), Lincoln (Mo.) (14), Ashland (11) and three teams tied with 10 points to round out the top five.
Much like the women's team, the men picked up their first points of the championship in the pole vault, as Bret Myers finished in a tie for sixth after a vault of 5.00 meters (16'4.75") to pick up 2.5 points.
The biggest point-grabber for the men turned out to be the weight throw, where the Lakers had a trio of student-athletes earn All-American status by finishing in the top eight. Darien Thornton led the way with a third-place finish after unleashing a throw of 21.09 meters (69'2.5"). Finishing in sixth was Jay Lechner (19.73m/64'8.75") and Blake Donson finished seventh (19.27m/63'2.75") as GVSU picked up 11 points in the event.
The other scoring event for the Lakers on day one was the distance medley relay team, where the team of Bryce Pulley, TJ Burnett, Joel Rietsema and Ricky Perez actually led after the first two legs, but came across in fifth with a time of 9:57.28 to pick up four points and earn All-American honors.
In the only other finals event of the day that the Lakers had a competitor in, Alan Peterson finished 14th in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 14:41.32.
Two Lakers competed in preliminary action and will be advancing to Saturday's finals, as Sean Wells finished fifth in the prelim round for the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 7.95 seconds, and Ethan Barnes qualified third in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.69.
Nathaniel Hammersmith competed in the 400 meter preliminary round, but finished 13th with a time of 49.07 seconds.
Adams State leads the men's field after day one with 29 points, followed by Ashland (23), GVSU (17.5), St. Augustine's (16) and Findlay (15) to round out the top five.
The second and final day of competition will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Mar. 15). Live results and live video can be accessed at the top of this page.