LSSU - Mitchell, Brenton win GLIAC titles
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FINDLAY, Ohio - Lake Superior State sprinter Leslie-Ann Mitchell won the women's 200-meter dash in a school-record shattering :24.91 and was named Women's Co-Freshmen of the Meet during the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at the University of Findlay.
Mitchell led the Laker women to an eighth-place finish among 11 teams, while the LSSU men were sixth among 10 teams. Mitchell met the NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200 dash as well as the 60-meter dash, where she placed third in :07.74, and the 60-meter hurdles, where she was fourth in :08.65.
LSSU also had one men's champion as senior Jason Brenton won the triple jump with a distance of 14.50 meters. Brenton also placed third in the men's heptathlon with a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying 5,010 points.
Sophomore Shashawna Bennett of LSSU placed third in the women's 60-meter hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of :08.64 and was sixth in the 60-meter dash in :07.84. Shaina Walther, Julia VanDeKerkhove, Michaela Newberry and Mitchell clocked a 4:01.90 to place fourth in the women's 4x400-meter relay. VandeKerhove was also 13th in the 400-meter dash (1:00.80), while freshman Becca Carruthers was eighth in the women's pantathlon with a school-record 3,083 points.
LSSU junior Ben Monroe broke his school 60-meter dash record during the preliminaries by qualifying first in :06.91, but he placed sixth in the finals with a time of :07.02. His preliminary time bettered the NCAA provisional qualifying time of :06.95. Monroe bounced back with a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of :22.15.
Freshman Justin Balczak clocked a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of :08.19 to place third in the 60-meter hurdles. Balczak also finished sixth in the long jump (6.65 meters) and 10th in the high jump (1.94 meters).
Taylor Heath was ninth in the 5,000-meter run (15:24.18) and 15th in the 3,000-meter run (8:56.92), while Zach Lynch placed 12th in the 800 (1:57.98). Kaleb Schweiger tied for ninth in the pole vault (4.19 meters) and placed seventh in the heptathlon (4,437 points). Patrick Wright finished fourth in the triple jump (13.96 meters). Hans Riedel was 11th in the shot put (14.41 meters). Jeremy Braman placed eighth in the heptathlon (4,436 points) as LSSU landed four top-10 finishers in the event.
Grand Valley State claimed the men's and women's team titles.