GVSU - Women Win Five Events at Mike Lints Alumni Open
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Allendale, Mich. - The Laker women's track team had five first-place finishes on Friday (Jan. 20) at the Mike Lints Alumni Open in the Kelly Family Sports Center. They were led by junior Sam Lockhart, who recorded the best shot put in the country this year by over three feet.
Lockhart had a toss of 16.10 meters (52'10"), over 3.5 feet further than the next best throw this season in NCAA Division II. It was an automatic mark as well as a personal best this season for her.
Other winners in the meet included sophomore Kristen Hixson who hit a 3.85 meter height in the pole vault, a personal best and provisional mark. Sophomore Alisha Weaver won the high jump with a leap of 1.66 meters while senior Rachel Patterson nearly broke a GVSU Record in the 3,000 meter run as she crossed the line in 9:23.05, only three tenths of a second off the school record by Monica Kinney.
Senior Lauren Buresh finished second in the shot put with a toss of 14.88 meters, a provisional mark. Sophomore Leiah Hess had a 57.26 second mark in the 400 meter dash to finish second, also a provisional mark.
Sophomore Alyssa Zokoe hit a provisional mark in the weight throw with a toss of 17.86 meters, placing her second in the event. Senior pole vaulter Jocelyn Kuksa finished second with a height of 3.75 meters, a provisional mark, to give GVSU the top two finishers in the event.
Sophomore Kalena Franklin was the only other Laker to hit an NCAA qualifying mark, hitting a provisional mark in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.75 seconds, good enough for third place.
Junior Jennifer Fuller came in second in the high jump with a height of 1.61 meters while senior Betsy Graney finished the 3,000 meter run in a time of 9:34.62 to finish as runner-up.
The Lakers will participate in the Indiana University Relays in Bloomington, Ind. next weekend (Jan. 27-28) with Friday's festivities beginning at 3 p.m.