GVSU Women Hit Nine Qualifying Marks at Big Meet

GVSU Women Hit Nine Qualifying Marks at Big Meet

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ALLENDALE, Mich. - The top-ranked Grand Valley State women's track and field team finished up day two of competition at the GVSU Big Meet on Saturday (Feb. 9) with nine provisional championship qualifying marks and two event victories.

Sophomore Brittney Banister was the first event-winner of the day for the Lakers, taking first in the 60 meter dash with a provisional qualifying mark of 7.78 seconds, just sneaking on to the qualifying list.

Another provisional qualifying mark went to junior Kalena Franklin, who followed up her stellar first day of competition with a second-place finish in the 200 meter dash in a qualifying time of 24.79 seconds.

In the field events, sophomore Michaela Lewis won the long jump with a provisional qualifying mark of 5.64 meters (18'6"), a new season-best in the event and the second-best long jump mark in Division II by a sophomore this year. Lewis also finished seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 11.13 meters (36'6.25").

Four more Lakers hit provisional qualifying marks in the weight throw, led by senior Jamie Smith's toss of 17.29 meters (56'8.75") to finish in 11th against a bevy of top competition in the country. She was followed closely behind by freshman Laura Schroeder in 13th (16.99m/55'9"), junior Alyssa Zokoe in 14th (16.72m/54'10.25") and senior Katelyn Fox in 21st (16.29m/53'5.5"), all hitting provisional qualifying marks.

Two different distance medley relay teams were able to hit provisional qualifying marks in the first time that GVSU has run the event this indoor season, and both are now highly-ranked on the Division II leaderboard for this season.

The tandem of sophomore Hannah Osborn, junior Andrea Kober, junior Lisa Galasso and sophomore Jessica Janecke finished second in the DMR with a time of 11:48.00, a provisional qualifying mark and the second-best time in Division II this season.

Meanwhile, the all-freshman group of Alison Work, Brittany Terry, Natalie Nelson and Katelyn Cliff finished sixth with a time of 12:01.89, also a provisional mark and currently the sixth-best mark in Division II this year.

The Lakers will now prepare for the GVSU Tune-Up, the last indoor meet before the GLIAC Championships. The GVSU Tune-Up will get underway on Friday (Feb. 15) at 3 p.m. inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.