GVSU to Host 2013 GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship
Provided by GVSU
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Grand Valley State will serve as the host for the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend, welcoming in to the Kelly Family Sports Center the championship meet for one of the premier track and field conferences in NCAA Division II.
Four men's teams and four women's teams are in the top 25 of the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings, and the GLIAC leads the way in conference strength for both the men and women.
On the men's side, Ashland is ranked third in the country, followed by Grand Valley State (fifth), Findlay (eighth) and Lake Erie (23rd). For the women, Grand Valley State is at the top for the 22nd consecutive week, followed by Ashland (sixth), Tiffin (16th) and Findlay (18th).
The Lakers will be looking to extend their conference title winning streaks for both the men and women, as the women have captured the last 13 years' worth of GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships and the men have won the last three and 12 of the last 13, broken up only by Ashland's victory in 2009.
It will be the first GLIAC championship meet for Malone and Walsh, the two newest members of the conference, as well as the first conference title meet for the Wayne State women's team, who added indoor and outdoor track and field last April.
The first day of competition will begin on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 10 a.m. with the women's pentathlon and the men's heptathlon. The running and field events for the rest of the student-athletes will begin around 4 p.m. On Sunday (Feb. 24), the men's heptathlon will finish up competition at 8 a.m., with the remaining field events beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the running events beginning at 1:15 p.m.