GVSU Relay Team Sets School Record at Bob Eubanks Open

GVSU Relay Team Sets School Record at Bob Eubanks Open

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Allendale, Mich. - The 4x400 meter relay team of Nathaniel Hammersmith, Xavier Parnell, Mohamed Mohamed and Logan Hoffman set a new school record in the event on Friday (Jan. 13) evening in the Bob Eubanks Open at the Kelly Family Sports Center, crossing the line in 3:15.36 to beat the three year old record.

The mark also was good enough for an NCAA Provisional qualifying standard. The previous record was 3:16.92 held by Bill Makela, Eric Lowe, Todd Schuster and Troy Rock which was set in 2009. The team's performance was good enough for second place in the event.

Trent Chappell had another good performance in the high jump, clearing 1.97 meters to finish in fourth place. Nathan Fraeyman had a pair of top five finishes, placing fourth in the long jump (6.65 meters) and fifth in the 300 meter dash (35.80) to set a personal best in both events.

In addition to the record-setting relay performance, each of the four relay runners had great showings in individual events. Hammersmith came in fourth place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.19 seconds. Hoffman also had his own top performance outside of the relay, coming in second in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:20.32. Mohamed finished fourth in the 400 meter dash (49.11) while Parnell notched two top four finishes, a second place and personal best in the 300 meter dash (35.29) and a fourth place finish in the 60 meter dash (7.01).

Rick Kwasnik narrowly missed a personal best in the 60 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 8.52 seconds to finish fourth while Steven Reives finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 13.89 meters.

It was a quiet day for the throwers on the men's side as Donny Stiffler brought home the only top five finish for the Lakers, coming in fifth with a toss of 15.86 meters in the shot put.

Four new Kelly Family Sports Center records were hit in the event. Michigan State's Keenan Michael set a new 300 meter dash mark with a time of 34.44 seconds (previous record was 34.96) while Notre Dame's Christopher Giesting tied the 600 meter run mark with a time of 1:19.12. Former University of Michigan athlete Jeff Porter beat his own building record in the 60 meter hurdles, completing the event in a time of 7.75 seconds (previous record of 7.79). In the shot put, former Laker John Ybarra set a building record with a toss of 19.00 meters, besting the previous record of 18.75 meters.

There are three events left to be ran in the men's heptathlon which will take place beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 14). Reives is currently in fifth place in the multi-event with a total of 2509 points. His best event thus far has been the long jump where he came in second place with a leap of 6.54 meters. The 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meter run will all be performed on Saturday.