GVSU - Laker Men and Women Sit First at GLIAC Indoor Championships
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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant
TIFFIN, Ohio - Grand Valley State wraps up the first day of the 2016 GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships with their men's and women's teams holding solid first-place leads at the Hermiger Center at Tiffin University.
Winners of 16 consecutive GLIAC indoor titles, the GVSU women tallied 73 points on Saturday and hold a large lead over the next closest teams, second-place Hillsdale (36 pts.) and third-place Ashland (34 pts.). Findlay (18 pts.) and Walsh (17 pts.) round out the top five, while Malone (9 pts.), Lake Erie and Saginaw Valley (6 pts.), Tiffin and Wayne State (5 pts.), and Ohio Dominican (1 pt.) round out the team standings through six scored events.
On the men's side, the six-time consecutive champions earned 55 points after four scored events. Ashland sits in second with 23 points, while Saginaw Valley State finished Saturday in third with 20 points, Tiffin fourth with 15, and Hillsdale fifth with 14 points. Concluding the day's team scores are Findlay (13 pts.) in sixth, Malone (8 pts.) in seventh, Lake Erie (6 pts.) in eighth, and Ohio Dominican and Northwood tied for ninth (1 pt.).
The Laker women saw two of their athletes finish first in their events, while the Laker men had two individuals and their Distance Medley Relay team take first-place. Jaime Roberts took first in the pole vault by clearing the bar set at 3.91m (12' 10.00''), while Amy Cymerman won the 5000m with a time of 17:05.25. On the men's side, individual winners on Saturday were Darien Thornton in the weight throw (20.64m/67' 8.75'') and Chris May in the 5k (14:39.03), while Ethan Barnes, Lawson Bright-Mitchell, Chaz Porter and Wuoi Mach won the DMR with a time of 10:00.31.
Grand Valley State also had a large number of athletes with high finishes, scoring them plenty of points on Saturday. The event with the most women scorers was the pole vault, with four Lakers not including the winner Roberts scoring points. Skylar Schoen placed second (3.81m/12' 6.00"), Whitney Bice (3.66m/12' 0.00") took fouth, Michaila Lawcock (3.66m/12' 0.00") placed fifth and Krista Nauseda (3.51m/11' 6.25") finished sixth.
Other field events where Laker women scored points were Kyra Hull in the weight throw (4th, 18.47m/60' 7.25"), and Sarah Talbott (2nd, 5.75m/18' 10.50") and Alexis Duncan (5th, 5.62m/18' 5.25'') in the long jump, while Kelly Haubert (17:34.23) finished fourth and Jenna Klynstra (17:49.99) seventh in the 5000m and the Distance Medley Relay team of Amy Creutz, Rachel Walters, Katie Shaheen and Kendra Foley finished second with a time of 11:49.19.
For the GVSU men, non first-place finishers in the field events were Tyler Pavliga (7.06m/23' 2.00") taking seventh in the pole vault, and Jay Lechner (19.87m/65' 2.25") placing fourth, Mike Moon (19.59m/64' 3.25'') seventh and Blake Donson (19.00m/62' 4.00") eighth in the weight throw. In running events, it was Brady Selner (14:43.09) placing second, Kyle Flores (14:47.02) taking fourth, and Nate Orndorf (14:56.60) finishing seventh in the 5000m.
The remainder of Saturday's events were preliminary qualifiers to determine the finals, which will run tomorrow. Those who qualified for Sunday's finals are as follows:
Women's 60m hurdles
1. Beatriz Indurain - 8.53
6. Breanna Luba - 8.84
7. Tiara Wiggins - 8.85
Men's 60m hurdles
1. Sean Wells - 7.99
Women's 60m dash
2. Angela Ritter - 7.58
6. Beatriz Indurain - 7.74
Men's 60m dash
3. Lawson Bright-Mitchell - 6.82
Women's 400m dash
11. Jessica O'Connell - 58.37
12. Skylar Dantzler - 58.62
Men's 400m dash
9. Thomas Capers - 50.71
Women's 200m dash
1. Angela Ritter - 24.83
5. Skylar Dantzler - 25.45
Men's 200m dash
9. Odell McFarland - 22.64
The second and final day of competition officially begins at 9 am with the 60m hurdles of the men's Heptathlon, while the field events begin at 10:30 am with the women's triple jump, the men's high jump and the women's shot put. Sunday's running events kick off at 12:15 pm with the women's Mile