Oakland Completes Action at the Big Meet

Oakland Completes Action at the Big Meet

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ALLENDALE, Mich. - Desiree Pettiford earned a third place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.26), Serena SanCartier finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.15) and Ryan Balzer earned a 15th-place finish in the high jump (5 feet 10.75 inches) as the Oakland men's and women's track and field teams completed action at the Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State at the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday.

"The Big Meet is a tough environment with almost 2,000 athletes competing over two days," said head coach Paul Rice. "Our athletes always seem to respond well in that environment. Our athletes and coaches have worked very hard this season and its so great to see that hard work paying off at the right time."

Oakland competed against over 50 schools and more than 1,800 athletes over the two-day event.

On the women's side, Oakland earned top-10 performances from Jennifer Lane in the high jump (5 feet 3.25 inches), and seventh place finishes by Shaunte Roberts in the 60-meter dash (7.90) and Katelynne Hartman in the shot put (42 feet 5.5 inches).

For the men, the Golden Grizzlies earned top-30 finishes from Nick Bobek finishing 16th in the 60-meter hurdles (8.95) and David Magnotte in the 800-meter run with a 27th finish (1:57.17).

"I am very proud of our athlets and our coaches," added Rice. "We will spend the next two weeks tapering a bit and fine tuning in preparation for the league championships."

Oakland's next meet will be The Summit League Indoor Championships hosted by IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. starting Feb. 24.