GVSU Breaks Five School Records at Last Chance Meets
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ALLENDALE, Mich. - It was an impressive weekend for the Grand Valley State track and field teams, as both the men's and women's quads combined for five broken school records over the weekend between a pair of GVSU Last Chance Meets and the Hillsdale Classic.
GVSU hosted both the 2nd To Last Chance Meet (May 9) and the Last Chance Meet (May 10), while some select student-athletes also made their way to the Hillsdale Classic on May 7th.
Combined, the Lakers hit four automatic marks and a staggering 46 provisional qualifying marks in addition to the six school records.
GVSU will now await word on which student-athletes have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be contested at the GVSU Track & Field Stadium May 22nd-24th.
At that Hillsdale Classic, the 4x400 meter relay team of Nathaniel Hammersmith, TJ Burnett, Logan Hoffman and Mohamed Mohamed set a new school record with a time of 3:10.49, the eighth-best in Division II so far this year. The previous record was held by the squad of Lefevre, Oglesbee, Makela and Coleman at 3:11.47 back in 2005.
As usual, Kristen Hixson had a banner week, hitting two automatic qualifying marks at the pair of last chance meets, including one of the best vaults in Division II history at the Last Chance Meet. In that meet, Hixson cleared a height of 4.38 meters (14'4.5"), a new school record, the top vault in Division II this season and the fourth-best vault in NCAA Division II history by a female. At the 2nd to Last Chance Meet, she won the event with a height of 4.28 meters (14'0.5"), another automatic mark.
The majority of the school records fell in the 2nd to Last Chance Meet, which included another top female performance from Rebecka Anderson in the javelin throw. Anderson broke her own school mark (45.97m/150'10") with a toss of 48.29 meters (158'5"), hitting an automatic qualifying mark with the sixth-best throw in Division II this season.
In the long jump, Sarah Talbott set a new school record with a leap of 5.92 meters (19'5.25"), a provisional qualifying mark, as well. The next day, at the Last Chance Meet, she won with a mark of 5.75 meters (18'10.5"), a provisional mark but not enough to surpass her previous day's best. The previous school record was held by Pam Treppa (5.90m/19'4.25") in 2005.
The other two school records belonged to the men's side at the 2nd to Last Chance Meet, including Logan Howe in the long jump, which he won with a school record mark of 7.33 meters (24'0.75"), a provisional qualifying mark. The previous record belonged to Ryan Rademacher, who had a mark of 7.26 meters (23'10") in 2008. The next day at the Last Chance Meet, Howe finished second with a provisional mark of 7.27 meters (23'10.25"), which is now the second-best long jump in GVSU history.
The final school record was set by Tendo Lukwago in the triple jump at the 2nd to Last Chance Meet. Lukwago shattered his own school record by recording a mark of 15.18 meters (49'9.75"), besting his previous school record of 14.90 meters (48'10.75") that he set earlier this season. His 15.18 meter mark is the 12th-best triple jump in Division II this season as Lukwago most likely snuck his way in to the NCAA Division II National Championship with the effort.
Another handful of Lakers may have pushed their way in to the NCAA Division II National Championship meet with some stellar performances that put them in to the top 15 of their respective event, as the national meet usually takes between 14 and 18 student-athletes in each event.
In the 2nd to Last Chance Meet, both Courtney Brewis (16:48.73) and Hannah Osborn (16:49.25) hit provisional marks in the 5,000 meter run, posting the 13th and 14th-best times in Division II this year in the process.
Becca Leppelmeier at the Last Chance Meet finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 47.36 meters (155'4"), a provisional mark that puts her 13th in Division II this year.
On the men's side, Trent Chappell won the high jump at the 2nd to Last Chance Meet with a leap of 2.10 meters (6'10.75"), a provisional mark that ranks 13th in Division II this season.
Blake Donson's discus throw of 51.52 meters (169'0") at the 2nd to Last Chance Meet now ranks him 18th in Division II, while Nathan Dekam's toss of 50.26 meters (164'11") was also a provisional mark.
In the running events, Hoffman, after helping the 4x400 meter relay team to a school record, may have put himself in contention to make nationals in the 400 meter hurdles after winning with a time of 52.13 seconds at the Last Chance Meet, the 14th-best mark in Division II so far this year.
An automatic mark was also hit by Darien Thornton over the weekend, as his hammer throw of 64.62 meters (212'0") at the 2nd to Last Chance Meet was an automatic qualifying mark, though it was not his best effort of the season so far.
Other provisional qualifying marks at the 2nd to Last Chance Meet included Kyle Flores in the 10,000 meter run (1st; 30:40.64), Sean Wells in the 110 meter hurdles (1st; 14.29), Hoffman (1st; 52.37) and Deonte' Hurst (2nd; 53.67) in the 400 meter hurdles, Bret Myers in the pole vault (3rd; 4.85m/15'11"), Chris Saikalis in the shot put (1st; 17.62m/57'9.75"), Kayla Addison in the 100 meter dash (1st; 11.98 finals, 11.69 prelims) as well as Brittney Banister (2nd; 12.00 prelims), Kalena Franklin in the 100 meter hurdles (1st; 13.56), Caley Faulkner, Jacqueline Williams and Jennifer Schornak in the pole vault (3.68m/12'0.75"), Laura Schroeder (1st; 55.30m/181'5") and Alyssa Zokoe (2nd; 53.94m/177'0") in the hammer throw.
Other provisional qualifying marks at the Last Chance Meet included Jeremy Wilkin the 800 meter run (1st; 1:51.59), Wells in the 110 meter hurdles (2nd; 14.31 final, 14.32 prelim), TJ Burnett (2nd; 52.45) and Hurst (5th; 53.12) in the 400 meter hurdles, Myers (1st; 5.00m/16'4.75") and Patrick Fisch (2nd; 4.85m/15'11") in the pole vault, Donson (5th; 51.33m/168'5") and Dekam (7th; 49.34m/161'10") in the discus, Thornton in the hammer throw (1st; 62.85m/206'2"), Franklin in the 100 meter hurdles (1st; 13.74), Andrea Kober (5th; 1:00.31), Lisa Galasso (7th; 1:00.99) and Carson Jones (9th; 1:02.6) in the 400 meter hurdles, the 4x100 meter relay team of Carly Scott, Addison, Michaela Lewis and Banister (1st; 46.60), the 4x400 meter relay team of Kober, Banister, Brittany Terry and Franklin (1st; 3:46.85) and the pole vault trio of Williams (2nd; 3.83m/12'6.75"), Schornak (T3rd; 3.68m/12'0.75") and Alexandra Kitz (T3rd; 3.68m/12'0.75).