GVSU Women Finish Second At NCAA Track & Field Championships With 44 Points
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Laker Men Finish 13th with 13 points
Tim Nott - Associate AD for Media Relations
The Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field teams completed three days of competition at the 2017 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in Bradenton, Florida on the campus of IMG Academy. The GVSU women turned in a solid final day and moved into second place in the final standings with 44 points, one point ahead of Adams State. West Texas A&M finished first with 64 points. The GVSU women have now finished among the top four at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for eight consecutive years, including six top three finishes and two National Championships.
The Grand Valley State men finished 13th in the final standings with 13 points.
Two races can best sum up the Lakers' move into second place Saturday evening. Rachel Walters turned in a second-place finish in the 800 meter run, crossing the finish line 2:06.72 to earn all-america honors. Just minutes later, one of the most prolific runners in Grand Valley State history, senior Kendra Foley, finished second in the 5000 meter run (16:26.52). Foley was just one day removed from claiming the National Championship in the 10,000 meter run. In addition, GVSU's Stacey Metzger crossed the finish line in fourth place (16:28.71) in the 5000.
Tiara Wiggins finished seventh in the 100 hurdles (14.01), while Chant'e Roberts recorded an eighth-place finish in the 400 (57.50). Angela Ritter finished up the sprints for GVSU with an eighth-place finish in the 100 (11.93). Dajsha Avery turned in a sixth-place finish in the shot put to close out the scoring for the Lakers. Allie Ludge finished 11th in the 1500, crossing the finish line in 4:33.07, while Lucy Buckholz recorded a 16th-place finish in the pole vaule (11-10).
On the men's side two Lakers earned all-america honors. Chris May finished seventh in the 5000 with a time of 14:17.58, while Hunter Weeks also earned all-america plaudits with his seventh-place finish in the hight jump (6-10.75). Wuoi Mach finished 10th in the 1500, crossing the finish line in 3:54.23. Chris Saikalis just missed out on earning all-america honors with his ninth-place finish in the shot put (56-4.75).