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Distance Team Blazes at Polytan Invitational
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With a near-school record in the men's 1,500m run and fast times in the 1,500m and 5,000m runs, the long distance team made another bold impression at the Polytan Invitational at Indiana University on Saturday.
Sophomore Tecumseh Adams ran a blistering career-best 3:46.83 to finish fourth in the 1,500m run. The time is just two seconds shy of the long-standing school record of 3:44.1 set in 1983 by Bob Duerksen.
Sophomore Nathan Huff finished 11th in 3:55.09, followed by redshirt freshman Ben Wynsma in 12th in a career-best 3:55.39.
Senior Holly Anderson set a new career-best in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:44.06, good for third place.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Stacks also finished third and ran a career-best in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:22.56. Redshirt freshman Ethan Lievense finished seventh in a career-best 14:46.38 and junior Jason Drudge finished eighth in a career-best 14:47.45.
Senior Raeanne Lohner finished 10th in the 1,500m run in a career-best 4:30.33. Fellow senior Veronica Garcia finished 16th in a career-best 4:37.07 and sophomore Krista Parks placed 21st in a career-best 4:42.54.
Sprinters, Hurdlers and Field Events Strong at GVSU
ALLENDALE, Mich. - With just three weeks remaining until the Mid-American Conference Championships, the sprinters, hurdlers and field event student-athletes turned in another set of strong performances at the Al Owens Classic at Grand Valley State on Saturday.
The Chippewas recorded 21 top-five finishes at the unscored meet, and a number of student-athletes set new career-best marks. Of the 21, the men claimed 12 top-five finishes.
Sophomore hurdler Cory Noeker led the Chippewas with a win in the 110m hurdles in a career-best 14.46. Junior Renaldo Powell finished runner-up with a time of 14.58, and redshirt freshman Brandon Piligian finished sixth in a career-best 14.88.
Freshman Bridget Doughty also had a successful day in the hurdles, finishing runner-up in the 400m hurdles in a career-best 1:02.09.
The Chippewas were strong in the 400m dash, on both the men's and women's sides. Senior David Ashcraft finished runner-up for the men with a season-best time of 48.33, redshirt freshman Clay Holman finished third in a season-best 49.02, and senior Christopher Thomas came in fourth in 49.12.
In the women's 400m dash, sophomore Shawntoreah Turk finished third in 55.31 and freshman Ravyn Baxter crossed the line fifth in in 56.13.
The 4x400m relay teams, featuring many of the same student-athletes, won both the men's and the women's races. The men (Holman, sophomore Ross Parsons, Thomas, Ashcraft) edged out Grand Valley on the strength of Ashcraft's kick in the final 100m with a time of 3:14.26. The women (Baxter, Turk, freshman Emma Fishnick, Doughty) claimed a comfortable win with a time of 3:46.02.
The Chippewas also finished 3-5-6 in the women's 100m dash, led by senior Dierra Riley in 12.07. Freshman Diamond Hamilton finished fifth in 12.14, and senior Kirlene Roberts crossed the line sixth in 12.15.
Those three teamed with sophomore Kelsey Ritter for a runner-up performance in the 4x100m relay in 46.69.
Parsons finished third in the men's 100m dash in 10.57, and junior Greg Knaus finished fourth in 10.60. Knaus also finished fourth in the 200m dash in 21.91.
Senior Branden Post finished third in the 400m hurdles in 53.17. Sophomore Jake Behmlander finished third in the high jump with a mark of 1.95m.
Senior Mychael King finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 15.94, and fellow senior George Flanner placed sixth with a toss of 15.81.
Sophomores Megan Heffner and Samantha Stein finished in a tie for fifth in the women's high jump with a mark of 5-03.
Rose, Kulidzan Highlight Throwers' Trip to California
WALNUT and LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Members of the Chippewas' throwing corps were very successful on a weekend trip to California to compete first in the Cal. State University – Los Angeles Twilight Open on Thursday and the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday.
Junior Alex Rose and freshman Milica Kulidzan won the men's discus and women's javelin, respectively at the Twilight Open on Thursday to headline the weekend for the Chippewas.
Rose threw for a season-best 179-00 in the discus to win by more than 11 feet. Rose also competed in the Mt. SAC Relays discus throw the next day, in which he finished 27th with a mark of 169-04.
Kulidzan, in just her second collegiate javelin appearance, won the event with a mark of 145-09, nine-and-a-half feet farther than the runner-up. She is just 4-02 shy of the school record of 149-11, set in 2004 by Natasha Reynolds.
Senior Ryan McCullough finished ninth in the open hammer throw at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday with a mark of 193-01. He also finished fourth overall in the discus at the Twilight Open with a throw of 162-06.
Senior Kevin Mays finished 12th in the hammer throw at the Mt. SAC Relays, throwing for a mark of 190-02.
Freshman Kyla Walworth finished 10th in the women's discus at the Twilight Open with a mark of 133-06.
Multi-Event Competitors Tune Up at Aquinas
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A handful of multi-event student-athletes gained valuable competitive repetitions at the Ernie Mouseeau Invitational on Saturday.
Senior Josh Kettlewell won the men's pole vault with a mark of 15-11.
Sophomore Tim Reynolds won the men's long jump with a mark of 21-10.50.
Senior Emily Dienhart won the 100m hurdles in a career-best 14.55.