GVSU - Records Fall and Qualifying Marks Achieved at Al Owens Classic
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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant
ALLENDALE, Mich. – The second day of the 2016 Al Owens Classic has concluded, and a plethora of Grand Valley State track & field athletes hit NCAA qualifying marks and standards at the GVSU Track & Field Stadium grounds.
Two automatic qualifying marks and 21 provisional marks were hit in the running and field events on Saturday, with 13 coming from the women and 10 by the men. Two school records were also broken during the day, making it quite the eventful afternoon in Allendale.
Kenny Jones, Lawson Bright-Mitchell, Sean Wells, and Thomas Capers teamed up for the 4x100m relay and placed first with a time of 41.07, giving them a provisional time while breaking the school record for the event. The relay team bettered the previous record of 41.12 in 2012 by Parnell, VanEnk, Schwartz, and Hammersmith.
The other record to fall today was in the men's long jump. Tor'i Brooks leapt 7.71m (25' 3.5''), giving him the school record as well as the automatic qualifying mark. Brooks' mark broke the original record of 7.33m set in 2014 by Logan Howe. Brooks also hit a provisional mark in the high jump with a mark of 2.07m (6' 9.5'').
Jaime Roberts was the other athlete to nab an automatic mark. The senior vaulter hit a mark of 4.00m (13' 1.5'') in the pole vault, although she had already automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships for her performance earlier in the year at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge.
Beatriz Indurain nabbed a provisional time of 13.84 in the 100m hurdle prelims along with a provisional time of 14.00 in the final. Indurain also scored a provisional qualifying time as a member of the 4x100m relay team, running a 46.75 along with Breanna Luba, D'Mya Davis and Angela Ritter.
Tiara Wiggins also hit a pair of provisional times, running the 100m hurdle prelims in 14.07 and the hurdle finals in 13.92. Rachel Walters ran the 800m and hit 2:10.84 for her provisional time, while the 4x400m relay team of Jessica O'Connell, Alexis Duncan, Luba, and Ritter scored the final provisional time for the female runners by finishing the race in 3:43.18.
For the Laker women field athletes, Dajsha Avery hit 13.84m (45' 5'') in the shot put and 46.10m (151' 3'') in the discus throw. Four other Lakers scored provisional marks in the pole vault after Roberts' automatic mark. Krista Nauseda and Whitney Bice both vaulted 3.80m (12' 5.5'') while Skylar Schoen and Michaila Lawcock hit 3.65m (11' 11.75'').
On the men's side, they scored provisional times in the running events by Sean Wells in the 110m hurdle finals with a time of 14.34, Ethan Barnes in the 800m with a time of 1:51.23, and TJ Burnett in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.69. Burnett's time was just .09 seconds from tying the school record in the event set by Logan Hoffman in 2012.
Chris Saikalis and Darien Thornton in the shot put led off the Laker field athletes to hit provisional marks on the day, with Saikalis hitting 17.36m (56' 11.5'') and Thornton 17.12m (56' 2''). Mike Prestigiacomo hit a provisional standard in the discus throw with a mark of 51.74m (169' 9''), while Hunter Weeks vaulted 2.11m (6' 11'') in the pole vault to secure another provisional mark for Grand Valley State.
The Lakers will hit the road once again this coming weekend for their next meet. Grand Valley State will stay in state as they travel to Hillsdale for the three-day Hillsdale GINA Relays. The meet will begin on Thursday (Apr. 28) and conclude on Saturday (Apr. 30).