GVSU - Women Finish Fourth, Men Sixth at 2014 Indoor T&F Championships
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams finished up competition at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday (Mar. 15), as the women finished fourth and the men came in sixth. The Lakers earned nine All-American honors on the final day of competition.
The women's team racked up 44 points in their fourth-place effort, falling short of Adams State (67), Johnson C. Smith (59) and Lincoln (Mo.) (47). Ashland (30) rounded out the top five.
On the men's side, GVSU's 29.5 points in sixth was outdone by St. Augustine's (84.5), Adams State (83), Ashland (48), Minnesota State (38) and Tiffin (37). The GLIAC as a whole had four teams finish in the top eight, as Findlay (24) finished in eighth.
The story of day two was Kalena Franklin, who racked up three All-American honors on the day. Her day began with the 60 meter hurdles, where Franklin crossed the line in third with a time of 8.37 seconds. From there, she moved on to the 200 meter dash, where she finished seventh with a time of 24.74 seconds. She finished up her stellar day with the 4x400 meter relay team, where Andrea Kober, Brittney Banister, Brittany Terry and Franklin finished in fourth with a time of 3:47.75, Franklin's 55.15 second leg being the fastest on the team and the fourth-fastest leg of anyone in the race.
The Laker women had two All-Americans get crowned in the 3,000 meter run, where Hannah Osborn came across fifth (9:47.40) and Jessica Janecke picked up another All-American honor with a seventh-place finish (9:48.85).
GVSU's women also had Alisha Weaver competing in the high jump on the final day of competition, and she finished in a tie for 10th with a leap of 1.65 meters (5'5").
On the men's side, Chris Saikalis led off the day with a fifth-place finish in the shot put, unleashing a toss of 17.86 meters (58'7.25") to earn an All-American honor in his first national championship meet. Darien Thornton also competed, finishing 12th with a toss of 16.32 meters (53'6.5").
Ethan Barnes finished seventh in the 800 meter run final with a time of 1:53.43 to be named an All-American, while Sean Wells finished his stellar indoor season with a sixth-place effort in the 60 meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.01 seconds.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Nathaniel Hammersmith, TJ Burnett, Logan Hoffman and Mohamed Mohamed picked up All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in a time of 3:15.78. Mohamed's anchor leg of 48.61 seconds was the best on the team.
Trent Chappell also competed on day two, taking ninth in the high jump with a leap of 2.05 meters (6'8.75").
GVSU will get right back in to action in only two weeks, as the Lakers will head to the Raleigh Relays on March 27th-29th. On the 29th, the team will also take on Saginaw Valley State in a dual meet at the Laker Track & Field Stadium beginning at noon.