GVSU Wraps Up Weekend Meets
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The Grand Valley State men and women's track & field teams took to the road for the first time in large numbers as the squad competed at the 2018 Hillsdale "Wide Track" Meet hosted by Hillsdale College and at the 2018 Meyo invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Saturday (Feb. 3) afternoon. GVSU entered the meet as the number one ranked team in the country on the women's side, while the men were ranked fourth nationally.
At the 2018 Hillsdale "Wide-Track" Meet, the Lakers tallied a combined 19 provisional marks (13 women, six men) on Saturday afternoon. In the women's field events, Elli Kimes hit a provisional mark of 3.82 meters along with a first place finish, while Lucy Buckholz cleared 3.57 meters for her provisional mark and placed third overall. In the weight throw, Bobbie Goodwin placed third after she hit a provisional mark of 18.32 meters, while Mariah Mansperger and Brianna DeSappio also hit marks of 17.08 meters and 16.86 meters for qualifying marks. The GVSU women track athletes had several members hit marks, as Tiara Wiggins hit a provisional mark of 8.79 in the 60m hurdles. Three more Lakers hit provisional marks in the 60m dash, as Angela Ritter hit a time of 7.58 in the preliminaries and would later finish second in the finals (7.65), followed by Willow Stuedemann with a time of 7.66 in the finals. Nicole Sreenan also hit a qualifying time in the 60m dash preliminaries with a time of 7.69. Ritter and Sreenan hit marks for the second time during the meet after the pair placed second and third in the 200 meter dash with times of 24.91 and 25.01. Chant'e Roberts was the next Laker on the women's team to hit a mark, after she placed first in the 400m dash with a time of 56.81.
The Laker men had similar success as they had several athletes hit provisional marks. In the field events, Jacob Battani and Alex Peskin finished first and second in the pole vault, after they had clearing marks of 5.12 meters and 4.72 meters. Justin Scavarda hit two provisional marks on the day, as he placed third in the shot put and the weight throw, with distances of 16.84 meters and 17.95 meters. In the track events, Gary Hickman and Tyler Kirkwood hit qualifying times of 8.18 and 8.19 in the 60m hurdles.
Several Grand Valley State track & field athletes also traveled to the 2018 Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame on Saturday. On the women's side, Racheal Walters set a new personal best after she hit a NCAA automatic time in the 800m race, as she crossed the finish line with a blazing time of 2:06.41 and a second place finish. Gina Patterson also hit a provisional mark in the mile with a time of 4:54.06. On the men's side, the Lakers saw all three of their 800m racers hit provisional marks. Dennis Mbuta had the third best time in the event with a time of 1:50.60. as Dave Jones and Nick Salomon also hit qualifying marks with times of 1:52.80 and 1:52.91. Wuoi Mach ran in the 3,000 meter race and hit an automatic time after he crossed the finish line at 8:04.81, along with breaking the school record of 8:05.19, set by Zach Panning in 2017. Panning and Chris May also hit provisional marks with times of 8:09.00 and 8:12.12. In the field, Hunter Weeks was able to clear a height of 2.11 meters, which was also a qualifying mark.
Next weekend, the Lakers will host the GVSU Big Meet in the Kelly Family Sports.The two-day event commences on Friday (Feb. 9) at 10:00 a.m. and will also be streamed by FloTrack.