GVSU - Laker Men Win Five Events in Al Owens Classic
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Allendale, Mich. - The 19th-ranked Grand Valley State men's track and field squad finished up competition at the Al Owens Classic on Saturday (Apr. 21), notching five wins and three provisional qualifying marks on the final day of the home meet.
Sophomore Chris Teitsma (Allendale, Mich.) won the 400 meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying mark of 52.73 seconds. Also hitting a provisional mark in the 400 meter hurdles was sophomore Logan Hoffman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia), who finished second with a time of 52.91 seconds.
In the 200 meter dash, sophomore Nathaniel Hammersmith (Stryker, Ohio/Archbold) crossed the line in first with a time of 21.48 seconds. The other individual running winner of the day was sophomore Brandon Cushman (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) who won the 5,000 meter run with a time of 14:58.74.
The final individual winner of the day was sophomore Tendo Lukwago (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison), who won the triple jump with a distance of 14.47 meters.
The final individual provisional mark of the day went to junior Donny Stiffler (Webberville, Mich./Williamston) in the shot put. Stiffler finished third with a qualifying mark of 16.25 meters. He also finished third in the discus with a toss of 48.75 meters.
In the relays, GVSU won an event and hit a provisional mark in another. In the 4x100 meter relay, senior Xavier Parnell (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance), freshman Brent VanEnk (Grand Rapids, Mich./Calvin Christian), freshman Jesse Schwartz (Centreville, Mich.) and Hammersmith won the event with a time of 41.35 seconds. In the 4x400 meter relay, Hammersmith, freshman Daniel Pung (Hudsonville, Mich./Zeeland West), sophomore Mohamed Mohamed (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) and Hoffman hit a provisional qualifying mark of 3:14.74 and finished second.
Next weekend, the Lakers will head to Hillsdale on Friday (Apr. 27) and Saturday (Apr. 28) for the Hillsdale Relays, while also sending student-athletes to Ashland on Saturday for competition.