GVSU Women - GVSU Downs Saginaw Valley State, 123-45
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ALLENDALE, Mich. – The No.1 Grand Valley State women’s track & field team picked up sweeps in 12 events en route to a 123-45 victory against Saginaw Valley State in the first outdoor meet at the brand new Laker Track & Field Stadium.
Grand Valley State was also able to hit eight NCAA Provisional marks in the opening meet of the season including seven from field events. Redshirt freshman Hannah Osburn finished with a time of 11:07.28 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, which bested the provisional mark set at 11:10.00.
In the pole vault, sophomore Kristen Hixson just missed the automatic qualifying mark at 3.96, as she finished first with a vault of 3.95 meters. Senior Jocelyn Kuksa also hit the provisional mark with a vault of 3.75m.
All three GVSU athletes in the hammer throw reached NCAA mark with junior Liz Murphy besting the automatic mark (56.20) with a toss of 57.52 for first-place. Sophomore Alyssa Zokow (51.68) and junior Jamie Smith (51.07) both hit provisional marks.
Senior Lauren Buresh hit a provisional mark in the shot put with a toss of 14.59m. Junior Sam Lockhart took first in the discus with a provisional mark of 48.16.
In the 100-meter dash, freshman Brittney Banister took the top spot with a time of 12.29, while classmate Carly Scott (12.46) and sophomore Autumn Lantz (12.70) finished right on her heels. Banister also took the top spot in the 200 dash with a time of 25.1 and Scott placed second, crossing the line at 26.23.
Sophomore Leiah Hess (57.72) and senior Adrienne Chandler (58.09) finished one-two in the 400-meter dash. Osburn picked up another first-place finish in the 800m run with a time of 2:22.38 with Jordan Chester finishing close behind at 2:23.52. The pair finished the same way in the steeplechase.
GVSU took the top three spots in the 1500m as senior Karie McDonald crossed the finish line at 4:36.08, just eight hundredths of a second shy of the provisional mark. Junior Julia Nowak clocked in at 4:42.64, while senior Chanelle Caldwell crossed at 4:44.21. Closing out the distance runs, sophomore Kelcie Severson finished second in the 3000m with a time of 10:06.33.
In the hurdle events, senior Jade Hull finished first in the 100m with a time of 14.51, while placing third in the 400m event with a time of 1:04.55. Senior Katelyn Pittman took second in the 100m at 15.71. Sophomore Lisa Galasso won the 400m hurdles, just shy of a provisional mark (1:02.50) with a time of 1:02.61. Classmate Andrea Kober took second with a time of 1:03.07.
The high jumpers took first through third place with sophomore Alisha Weaver and junior Jennifer Fuller tallied the same distance of 1.61m, but Weaver was able to take the top spot achieving the distance first. Freshman Jordyn Kiser placed third with a jump of 1.57m.
The Lakers continue their season on Saturday, April 7. Some of the squad will travel to the Duke Invitational, while others travel up 131 to Ferris State. GVSU is back at home on April 20 and 21 for the Al Owens Classic.