GVSU Laker Women Finish Second at Quad Meet, Hit 22 Qualifying Marks
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ALLENDALE, Mich. - It came down to the final event, but the top-ranked Grand Valley State women's track and field team was unable to pull ahead of Eastern Michigan, finishing second in the GVSU Quad Meet inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon.
The Lakers trailed Eastern Michigan by 2.5 points going in to the 4x400 meter relay and needed a first-place finish and an EMU third-place finish to win the meet, but a strong relay by the Eagles preserved the victory for Eastern Michigan.
Eastern Michigan finished with 166.5 points, while the Lakers were the runners-up with a total of 162. Central Michigan (97) and Hillsdale (67.5) rounded out the meet.
GVSU collected 24 NCAA Division II qualifying marks during the meet, including a handful of automatic tallies.
In the 60 meter dash, Carly Scott (7.80) and Michaela Lewis (7.82) finished in third and fifth, respectively, to earn the Lakers 10 team points, while Kalena Franklin (2nd; 25.19) and Brittney Banister (6th; 25.55) collected 11 points for the Lakers, with Franklin's time being a provisional qualifying mark.
In the 400 meter dash, Andrea Kober finished fourth with a qualifying time of 57.69 seconds, while Brittany Terry was sixth with a time of 58.17 seconds.
GVSU cleaned up in the 800 meter run, getting a first-place finish from Lisa Galasso with a provisional qualifying time of 2:12.12 and getting a third-place finish from Natalie Nelson with a time of 2:17.19 to earn 15 points combined for the Laker team score.
In the mile run, Jessica Janecke continued her impressive rookie campaign, finishing second in the event with a provisional qualifying time of 4:56.11.
Janecke followed that up with a second-place finish in the 3,000 meter run as well in a provisional qualifying time of 9:53.13 to combine for 14 points in the meet. Allyson Winchester was fourth in the 3k with a time of 9:58.12, while Courtney Brewis (10:00.04) and Amy Creutz (10:00.73) also hit provisional qualifying marks.
The Lakers got a second-place performance from Kalena Franklin in the 60 meter hurdles with a provisional mark of 8.53 seconds, while Erica Hobson was fourth with a time of 9.27 seconds to help GVSU collect 12 points in the event.
Terry, Banister, Kober and Franklin combined for a second-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay with a provisional qualifying time of 3:50.40.
In the field events, Alisha Weaver (1.70m/5'7") and Jennifer Fuller (1.66m/5'5.25") finished second and fourth, respectively, both recording NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks.
Kristen Hixson continued her dominance in the pole vault, winning the event with a height of 4.07 meters (13'4.25"), an automatic qualifying mark. Jacqueline Williams finished fourth after clearing a height of 3.62 meters (11'10.5") to give the Lakers 14 points in the event.
The Lakers picked up another 14 points in the long jump, as Lewis won the event with a provisional qualifying mark of 5.52 meters (18'1.5") and Sarah Talbott finished fourth with a mark of 5.13 meters (16'10").
Lewis also finished second in the triple jump, hitting yet another provisional mark with a distance of 11.52 meters (37'9.5").
In the shot put, Sam Lockhart picked up another victory, hitting an automatic qualifying mark of 16.01 meters (52'6.5") to win the event.
GVSU dominated the weight throw, placing four Lakers in the top five of the event, including a victory for Lockhart with a toss of 21.06 meters (69'1.25"). Alyssa Zokoe paced a trio of Lakers who hit a provisional qualifying mark with her runner-up finish on a throw of 18.80 meters (61'8.25"). Jamie Smith was third (17.91m/58'9.25") and Laura Schroeder finished fifth with a toss of 16.44 meters (53'11.25"). The 1-2 finish by Lockhart and Zokoe gave GVSU the maximum of 16 points in the event.
The Lakers will travel to Saginaw Valley State University next Friday (Feb. 1) to meet up with the Cardinals in a dual meet taking place in the Ryder Center in University Center, Mich. The meet will take place at 4 p.m.