GVSU Women - Big Meet Breeds Big Performances for Laker Women
Provided by GVSU
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State, the top-ranked women's indoor track and field team in the country, proved just that on Friday (Feb. 10) at day one of the 2012 GVSU Big Meet inside the Kelly Family Sports Center. The Lakers hit 20 NCAA Division II Provisional qualifying marks and six automatic qualifying marks en route to a banner opening to their largest meet of the season.
In the 5,000 meter event, GVSU got a personal best performance from freshman Ann Marie Arseneau, who finished in 17:12.12 to earn a provisional qualifying time and a sixth-place finish. In the same event, sophomore Molly Slavens hit a provisional mark of her own, finishing 13th with a time of 17:31.73.
Freshman Brittney Banister was the only Laker to hit a pair of qualifying marks, notching provisional times in both the 200 meter dash (24.94) and the 60 meter dash (7.75), the latter coming in the preliminaries. Her performance in the 200 meter event was good enough for a fifth-place finish.
As a team, the Lakers cleaned house in the one mile event. GVSU had eight student-athletes hit NCAA qualifying marks, three of which were automatic qualifying times. Senior Betsy Graney just missed out on Laker history, winning the event with an automatic qualifying time of 4:47.74, just four seconds back of Monica Kinney's school record. Just behind her, also with automatic qualifying times, were seniors Rachel Patterson (4:49.28) and Karie McDonald (4:49.60). Junior Ashley Botham (4:54.77), freshman Hannah Osborn (4:57.74), sophomore Madie Rodts (4:57.94), freshman Jordan Chester (4:59.75) and junior Julia Nowak (5:00.48) all earned provisional qualifying times in the one mile event, as well.
Senior Chanelle Caldwell hit a provisional mark in the 800 meter run, crossing the line in 2:11.13 for a fifth-place finish while sophomore Kalena Franklin's 8.75 second performance in the 60 meter hurdles was also a provisional mark. Also joining Caldwell with provisional marks in the 800 were freshman Jessica Janecke (2:14.71) and sophomore Lisa Galasso (2:15.08).
In the 400 meter dash, sophomore Leiah Hess earned a provisional qualifying mark with a time of 56.46 seconds while the final individual provisional mark in the running events came from sophomore Brittney Jackson in the 60 meter dash, who crossed the line in 7.72 seconds to finish fourth.
In the field events, junior Sam Lockhart (15.97m) and senior Lauren Buresh (15.14m) dominated yet again in the shot put, finishing second and third respectively and both hitting automatic qualifying marks. In the weight throw, junior Liz Murphy hit an automatic mark with a toss of 18.90 meters to finish third while junior Jamie Smith finished fifth with a throw of 17.95 meters, a provisional qualifying mark.
The pole vault duo of sophomore Kristen Hixson (3.85m) and senior Jocelyn Kuksa (3.75m) hit provisional qualifying marks while sophomore Alisha Weaver's 1.68 meter high jump was good enough for a second-place finish and provisional mark.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Caldwell, Hess, Jade Hull and Aileen Lemanski finished fourth with a time of 3:48.30, a provisional mark.
The Lakers will look to tack on more qualifying marks and high finishes on day two of the Big Meet, which will see the action begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 11).