GVSU - Men in Second After Day One of GLIAC Championships

GVSU - Men in Second After Day One of GLIAC Championships

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Findlay, Ohio - The 12th-ranked Grand Valley State men's track and field team got off to a solid start on day one of the 2012 GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday (Feb. 24) and find themselves in second place with 42 team points. The men's distance medley relay team hit an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark en route to a first-place finish in the event.

The distance medley relay team of senior Jeff Nordquist, sophomores Mohamed Mohamed and Jeremy Wilk along with senior Tyler Emmorey won the event with a time of 10:03.65, a provisional qualifying mark and Malcolm Athletic Center record.

In other finals action, GVSU placed four runners in the top five of the 5,000 meter run finals. Seniors Anthony Witt (14:34.58) and Ryan Toth (14:37.15) both hit provisional qualifying marks while finishing second and third, respectively. Just behind them were senior Nathan Knisely (14:49.48) in fourth and sophomore Brandon Cushman (14:59.58) in fifth.

Sophomore Tendo Lukwago earned a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.72 meters (22'0.75"). Juniors Andrew Gorley (17.27m/56'8") and Donny Stiffler (17.09m/56'1") finished in sixth and seventh, respectively, of the men's weight throw.

Four events in to the men's heptathlon, sophomore Steven Reives is in seventh place with a score of 2,592 points.

In preliminary action, senior Xavier Parnell has qualified fourth in the 60 meter dash with a provisional qualifying mark of 6.94 seconds. In the 200 meter dash, sophomore Nathaniel Hammersmith qualified sixth with a time of 22.27 seconds while fellow sophomore Logan Hoffman finished second in the 400 meter dash prelims with a provisional qualifying time of 49.25 seconds.

The Lakers will have two student-athletes in the 60 meter hurdle finals as seniors Rick Kwasnik (8.35 seconds) and Ryan Brown (8.37 seconds) qualified sixth and seventh for the finals on Saturday.

GVSU is currently in second place with 42 points, trailing Ashland by only one point. Third is Findlay at 20 points with Tiffin in fourth at 19. Northwood and Hillsdale are tied for fifth at 12 points a piece while Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State are tied for seventh with four points.

The final day of the GLIAC Championships will get under way at 11 a.m. with the field events. The running events will begin at 1:15 p.m.