GVSU - Men Finish Second, Women Sixth at National Championships
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up competition at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday (Mar. 14), as the men finished tied for second and the women in sixth. Two Lakers earned All-America honors on the second day at the Birmingham CrossPlex, adding to their total of 12 from the yesterday's first day of competition.
The Laker men finished the competition with 40 points, tying them with GLIAC rival Findlay for second and just five points short of Adams State (45). Ashland (36), and St. Augustine's (32) round out the top five.
The women's team ended up with 29 points to place sixth out of the 70-team field. Central Missouri (47) took the national title, and following the Jennies were Hillsdale (40) in second, Ashland and New Mexico Highlands tying for third with 37 points, and Lincoln (Mo.) in fifth with 35 points to round out the top five.
Sean Wells captured the second individual title for the Lakers in the two-day championships, blazing through the 60 meter hurdles to finish with a school record time of 7.78. This marks the third time that Wells has broken the school record on the season, as he first broke it with a time of 7.83 at the Gladstein Invitational in late January and again on the second day of the 2015 GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 7.79. Wells also becomes the first individual indoor men's sprinter champion in school history and the first indoor individual champion since Bryant Wilson took the pole vault in 2008.
Ethan Barnes also scored for the Lakers, taking third-place in the 800 meter final with a time of 1;50.40. Also competing on the second day for the Grand Valley State men were Darien Thornton in the shot put (15th, 15.92 meters), Bryce Bradley in the 3,000 meter (14th, 14:20.05), and the 4x400 relay team of Odell McFarland, Daniel Pung, TJ Burnett, and Brent Brock (12th, 3:15.87).
For the women, their lone scorer was Amy Cymerman, who earned her third All-America honor by placing sixth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:37.28. Also placing for the Lakers but finishing outside the top eight were Kendra Foley in 14th (9:52.75), Hannah Osborn in 18th (10:04.63), and Amy Creutz in 19th (10:07.31).
With the indoor season now concluded, GVSU sets their sights on the outdoor season when they return in two weeks as the Lakers compete in the Raleigh Relays on March 27-28. The Lakers will also host Saginaw Valley State in a dual meet at GVSU Lacrosse/Track & Field Stadium on March 28.