GVSU Rolls to Victory Over SVSU at Dual Meet
Provided by GVSU
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams dominated Saginaw Valley State en route to victories on both the men's and women's side on Saturday (Mar. 29) at the Kelly Family Sports Center in the GVSU-SVSU Dual Meet. The women's team won 13 events in a 110-49 win, while the men's squad won all 16 events in a 112-47 victory.
The meet was moved indoors due to poor conditions at the Laker Track & Field Stadium, but the throws were still contested outdoors and the high jump and pole vault were still eligible to record qualifying marks for conference and national rankings.
The women's squad put together three provisional qualifying marks on the day, while the men's team had two provisional marks and one automatic mark.
Darien Thornton put together a pair of qualifying performances in the throws competition, including a mark that has already qualified him for the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship. In the hammer throw, Thornton unleashed a toss of 64.97 meters (213'02"), the top mark in Division II so far this year and an automatic qualifying mark.
He also recorded a provisional qualifying mark in the shot put with a throw of 17.70 meters (58'1") to win his second event of the day, while Chris Saikalis hit a provisional mark of his own with a toss of 17.03 meters (55'10.5") to finish second.
On the women's side, senior Kristen Hixson won the pole vault with a provisional qualifying height of 3.95 meters (12'11.5"), while two throwers also hit a provisional marks.
Alyssa Zokoe (56.34m/184'10") and Laura Schroeder (55.10m/180'9") finished first and second, respctively, in the hammer throw, both hitting provisional qualifying marks in the event.
Other women's event winners on the day included Michaela Lewis in the 55 meter dash (7.23), Brittney Banister in the 300 meter dash (40.27), Brittany Terry in the 500 meter dash (1:17.07), Alison Work in the 800 meter run (2:18.43), Amy Creutz in the 1,500 meter run (4:43.31), Madie Rodts in the 3,000 meter run (10:27.81), Andrea Kober in the 300 meter hurdles (44.04), Sarah Talbott in the long jump (5.47m/17'11.5"), Becca Leppelmeier in the discus (42.14m/138'3"), the 4x200 meter relay team of D'mya Davis, Autumn Lantz, Carly Williamson and Alessandra Kozlowski (1:41.01) and the 4x300 meter relay team of Kober, Carson Jones, Kirsten Smith and Kalena Franklin (2:42.33).
The men's side, which swept the victories in all 16 contested events, got additional event victories from Luke Vasilion in the 55 meter dash (6.61), Nathaniel Hammersmith in the 300 meter dash (34.74), Daniel Pung in the 500 meter dash (1:06.85), Nicholas Wharry in the 800 meter run (1:56.83), Torben Hoffmeyer in the 1,500 meter run (4:02.12), Spencer Pageau in the 3,000 meter run (8:50.18), Sean Wells in the 55 meter hurdles (7.57), Logan Hoffman in the 300 meter hurdles (38.06), Tendo Lukwago in the high jump (1.95m/6'4.75"), Jake Elbers in the pole vault (4.60m/15'1"), Brent Brock in the long jump (6.72m/22'0.75"), Blake Donson in the discus (48.24m/158'3"), the 4x200 meter relay team of Vasilion, Odell McFarland, Jesse Schwartz and Brent VanEnk (1:29.31) and the 4x300 meter relay team of Hammersmith, TJ Burnett, Hoffman and Mohamed Mohamed (2:19.24).
The Laker distance runners traveled to Raleigh, N.C. to take part in the Raleigh Relays and brought home six provisional qualifying marks.
In the women's 10,000 meter run, Jessica Janecke (fourth; 35:04.23), Molly Slavens (eighth; 35:20.54) and Alycia Thurston (17th; 35:44.56) all hit provisional qualifying marks, while the Kyle Flores (27th; 30:15.30) and Chad Cini (36th; 30:47.58) hit provisional marks on the men's side, all in the "A" races for the 10k.
In the 10,000 meter "B" race, Joe Duff won the event with a provisional qualifying time of 30:39.96.
The Laker track and field teams will be back in action next weekend, traveling to Charleston, Ill. for the Eastern Illinois Invitational April 3rd-5th.