Pole Vaulters Lead GVSU On Final Day of Championships
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PUEBLO, Colo. - The Grand Valley State men's track and field team finished up the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships on Saturday (May 26) at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl and it was the pole vaulters leading the way for the Lakers.
Redshirt freshman Bret Myers (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) earned his second All-American nod of the year, finishing third in the pole vault after clearing 4.95 meters (16'2.75") on his second attempt at the height. Myers also earned an All-American honor during the indoor season, where he finished fifth.
Joining him on the awards stand was junior Raphael Gelo (Kabetogama, Minn./Bemidji State) who came in a tie for seventh to earn one point, clearing 4.85 meters (15'11") on his first attempt to earn All-American honors himself.
Sophomore Donny Stiffler (Webberville, Mich./Williamston) finished just outside the scoring, finishing ninth with a toss of 16.60 meters (54'5.5") in the men's shot put to narrowly miss out on being named an All-American.
Senior Anthony Witt (Jasonville, Ind./Shakamak), the only Laker runner competing on the final day, came home 11th in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 15:38.70.
GVSU finishes in a tie for 28th at the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship with seven team points, all of which came in the men's pole vault.
Adams State won the team title with 77 points, followed by Lincoln (Mo.) with 73, St. Augustine's and Western State tied with 54 and Abilene Christian rounding out the top five with 50 points.