Distance Runners Hit Provisional 5k Mark - GVSU

Distance Runners Hit Provisional 5k Mark - GVSU

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Allendale, Mich. - The Grand Valley State indoor track and field teams kicked off their season on Friday (Dec. 2) night at the GVSU Laker Early Bird Open and it was the men's distance runners and throws making a big impact in the first meet of the season.

Senior Anthony Witt posted an NCAA Provisional mark in the 5k run with a time of 14:08.72 to lead a pack of five GVSU runners who hit the qualifying mark. Senior Tyler Emmorey, much like the cross country season, was right behind Witt in fourth place with a time of 14:16.68.

Xavier Parnell finished third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.96 seconds while sophomore Nathaniel Hammersmith finished third in the 300-meter dash with a time of 35.19 seconds.

In the one mile run, the Lakers placed three runners in the top four, led by junior Larry Julson's time of 4:18.69. He was followed by sophomores Eric Phillips (4:24.76) and Jeremy Wilk (4:24.84).

GVSU dominated the men's throwing events, led by Donny Stiffler's two NCAA Provisional qualifying marks. In the shot put, Stiffler won the competition with a qualifying mark of 15.97 meters, then followed that up with a victory in the weight throw with a toss of 17.56 meters, also a qualifying mark. In the weight throw, the Lakers swept the podium as Andrew Gorley (16.78) and Nathan Dekam (15.73) came in second and third, respectively.

"This was a great start to the indoor track and field season for our squads," said head coach Jerry Baltes on his team's performance. "Our throwers picked up where they left off last year with some nice personal records and qualifying marks to kick off the indoor season."

"Witt came up just short on the school record (in the 5,000-meter run) as he ran the second fastest time in school history, which was just an incredible effort."

The jumpers did not participate in the meet, but will open up in two weeks at the Holiday Open.

Speaking on the competition the Lakers faced in the meet, Baltes said "all in all it was a great first meet for our Laker squads. It was great to have programs like South Florida, Central Michigan, Indiana Tech and Lewis here adding to the overall quality of the meet. We are excited to see what the rest of the 2011-12 campaign brings our way."

The Lakers will be back in action at the GVSU Holiday Open on Friday, December 16th at 3 p.m. inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.