GVSU - Laker Women Roll to 13th Straight GLIAC Indoor Crown

GVSU - Laker Women Roll to 13th Straight GLIAC Indoor Crown

Provided by GVSU

Feb. 25, 2012

Findlay, Ohio - The top-ranked Grand Valley State women's track and field team continued their dominance of the GLIAC circuit on Saturday (Feb. 25), winning their 13th straight GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship.

Head coach Jerry Baltes was named the GLIAC Women's Coach of the Year following the meet, the fourth straight year he has earned the honor and the 12th time out of the last 13 years.

Freshman Brittney Banister took home the conference crown in the 60 meter dash finals, hitting a provisional qualifying mark of 7.65 seconds. She followed that up with a second-place finish in the 200 meter dash, hitting another provisional mark with a time of 24.95 seconds.

Two other Lakers placed in the 60 meter dash as sophomore Brittney Jackson finished fourth with a time of 7.78 seconds, while freshman Carly Scott was eighth with a time of 7.86 seconds. Scott also finished seventh in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.95 seconds. Sophomore Autumn Lantz also earned a point for the Lakers, finishing eighth in the event with a time of 26.48 seconds.

In the 400 meter dash, the Lakers placed three student-athletes in the top eight. Sophomore Leiah Hess finished second with a time of 57.27 seconds, a provisional qualifying mark. Sophomore Andrea Kober (59.80) and freshman Allison Clark (59.99) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

GVSU got two provisional qualifying marks in the 800 meter event as senior Chanelle Caldwell finished second with a time of 2:11.28 and senior Karie McDonald came across fourth with a time of 2:13.18. Sophomore Lisa Galasso also earned a point in the event, finishing eighth with a time of 2:16.43, just over a tenth of a second away from a provisional mark.

The Lakers placed four runners in the top six of the mile run to rack up big points in the team standings. Junior Ashley Botham finished third with a time of 5:04.31 and was followed consecutively by freshman Hannah Osborn (5:05.55), freshman Jordan Chester (5:06.22) and sophomore Madie Rodts (5:07.11).

GVSU had another huge showing in the 3,000 meter run, placing four student-athletes in the top seven. Senior Betsy Graney won the individual title in the event with a time of 9:33.66. Senior Rachel Patterson finished third with a time of 9:45.34, while junior Julia Nowak was fourth with a time of 9:57.48. Sophomore Kelcie Severson came home seventh, crossing the line in a time of 10:14.46.

In the 60 meter hurdles, sophomore Kalena Franklin finished second with a provisional qualifying mark of 8.48 seconds, while senior Jade Hull came across sixth with a provisional mark of her own at 8.83 seconds.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Caldwell, Banister, Franklin and Hess set a GLIAC Indoor Championship meet record of 3:50.27 to take the title and notch a provisional qualifying mark.

In the field events, sophomore Alisha Weaver notched a fourth-place finish after clearing a height of 1.64 meters (5'4.5"), while freshman Jordyn Kiser was seventh in the event with a height of 1.59 meters (5'2.5").

In what has been a theme all season, the Lakers dominated the shot put event. Junior Sam Lockhart hit her second automatic qualifying mark of the meet with a toss of 16.60 meters (54'5.5") to take the individual crown. Senior Lauren Buresh made it a 1-2 finish with a toss of 15.48 meters (50'9.5") to earn an automatic qualifying mark of her own.

GVSU was uncontested in the final standings, finishing with 203.75 team points. Ashland was second with 91 points, followed by Findlay (63.75), Hillsdale (59.50) and Saginaw Valley State (54.50) to round out the top five. The remainder of the standings went Tiffin (53.75), Northern Michigan (43.75), Lake Superior State (36), Ferris State (32), Northwood (20) and Lake Erie (5).

The Lakers will now have a week off before they travel to the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Mankato, Minn. where they will look to defend their national title. That event will run from March 9th to March 10th.