GVSU Men - Lakers Finish 2012 GVSU Big Meet

GVSU Men - Lakers Finish 2012 GVSU Big Meet

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Allendale, Mich. - The eighth-ranked men's track and field team finished up their competition at the 2012 GVSU Big Meet on Saturday (Feb. 11) inside the Kelly Family Sports Center with four provisional marks being hit by the Lakers.

Junior Donny Stiffler hit a provisional qualifying mark in the shot put with a toss of 16.80 meters but the highlight of the fielding events was freshman Trent Chappell. Chappell won the high jump event after bringing the crowd to their feet with a leap over 2.11 meters (6'11") to hit a provisional qualifying mark and a personal best. It was only inches away from matching the GVSU record of 2.15 meters set by Jeremy Pearson in 2000.

The other two qualifying marks came from the distance medley relay teams in their first competition of the season. The team of senior Jeff Nordquist, sophomores Logan Hoffman and Mohamed Mohamed along with senior Tyler Emmorey took first place with a time of 9:56.66 to hit a provisional qualifying mark. In fourth place and also hitting a provisional mark was the "B" squad that included sophomores Bryce Pulley, Nathaniel Hammersmith and Jeremy Wilk along with freshman Alan Peterson who crossed the line in a time of 10:02.61.

Other high finishes included freshman Brent Brock's third place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 13.47 meters while senior Ryan Brown recorded a top five finish in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.60 seconds.

Sophomore Steven Ferguson won the pole vault competition with a height of 4.70 meters, a new personal best while freshman Andrew Oleszewski hit a personal best of his own in the event at 4.55 meters to finish third.

Sophomore Steven Reives finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 12.82 meters to go along with his sixth place finish in the heptathlon with a total of 4574 points.

Head coach Jerry Baltes shared his excitement for the fourth annual Big Meet, which saw over 80 teams and 1,800 athletes compete over two days. "We had some breakthrough performances this weekend across all event groups. We are moving in the right direction as we get closer to the GLIAC and the NCAA Championships. This was an extraordinary two days of track and field. There were so many people at GV that made it a great meet for all the athletes which competed," Baltes said. "A big thanks goes out to Charlie Read and the ticket office, Jamie Schlagel and our event staff, Eliza Macdonald and the entire training staff and all the officials, student-athletes, alums and assistant coaches who worked very hard to make the weekend a great success for all that participated!"

The Lakers will now prepare for their last home meet of the indoor season, the GVSU Tune-Up, which takes place on Friday (Feb. 17) at 3 p.m. in the Kelly Family Sports Center.