GVSU Lakers Begin Outdoor Season With Victories Over SVSU
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ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams got off to a good start on the outdoor season on Saturday (Mar. 30) afternoon, as both the men's and women's squads defeated Saginaw Valley State in dual meet action at the Laker Track & Field Stadium.
The men's team, which is 11th in the USTFCCCA computer rankings, won 118-41, while the women's team, ranked fourth in the USTFCCCA computer rankings, won 107-47.
The story of the day, like most meets, was senior Sam Lockhart. Lockhart set two school records, hit two automatic qualifying marks and a provisional mark.
The most impressive performance of the day came in the discus for Lockhart, who unleashed a toss of 56.38 meters (185'0"), the fifth-best throw in NCAA Division II history. It is the best discus throw in Division II this outdoor season by nearly 30 feet. The previous GVSU record was from Lockhart last year, a throw of 54.62 meters. The throw was just shy of the facility record, set last year by Mary Angell (56.94m).
Jamie Smith was second in the discus with a provisional mark of 46.67 meters (153'1").
Lockhart's other school record came in the shot put, where her throw of 15.91 meters (52'2.5") is the best in Division II this year by over three feet. It bests Lauren Buresh's facility record from last year of 15.82 meters, and Lockhart's own school record of 15.88 meters.
Lockhart also posted a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.69 meters (176'2"). She was beat only by teammate Alyssa Zokoe, who had a throw of 53.87 meters (176'9"). Those two, in addition to Laure Schroeder in third (53.56m/175'9") all hit provisional qualifying marks.
The other provisional qualifying marks on the day for the women's side came from Monica Kinney in the 1,500 meters run (4:34.91), Andrea Kober in the 400 meter hurdles (1:02.22) and Caley Faulkner in the pole vault (3.55m/11'7.75").
GVSU's women won 13 of the 16 events in the competition. Winners from other events were Brittney Banister in the 100 meter dash (12.29), Kalena Franklin in the 200 meter dash (24.55) and 100 meter hurdles (14.24), Brittany Terry in the 400 meter dash (58.79), Lisa Galasso in the 800 meter run (2:16.20), Alisha Weaver in the high jump (1.61m/5'3.25"), Sarah Talbott in the long jump (5.45m/17'10.75") and the 4x400 meter relay team of Terry, Leiah Hess, Kober and Franklin (3:55.97).
On the men's side, five provisional marks were hit by Laker student-athletes. The story, however, was the team domination of the event, as GVSU won 15 of the 16 events that were contested.
Trent Chappell won the high jump with a provisional qualifying mark of 2.08 meters (6'9.75"). Donny Stiffler, in the shot put, notched a provisional mark of his own with a toss of 16.03 meters (52'7.25").
A trio of Laker student-athletes hit qualifying marks in the pole vault, led by Bret Myers, who won the competition with a mark of 5.00 meters (16'4.75"). Raphael Gelo and Kevin Leland both hit provisional marks with a height of 4.90 meters (16'0.75").
The other event winners on the day were Brent VanEnk in the 100 meter dash (10.75), Nathaniel Hammersmith in the 200 meter dash (21.55), Mohamed Mohamed in the 400 meter dash (50.22), Steve Krauss in the 800 meter run (1:57.69), Nicholas Wharry in the 1,500 meter run (3:57.54), Grant Truskowski in the 3,000 meter run (8:42.33), Logan Hoffman in the 400 meter hurdles (54.55), Tendo Lukwago in the long jump (6.82m/22'4.5"), Blake Donson in the discus (47.72m/156'7"), Lee VanKampen in the hammer (52.89m/173'6") and both relay teams. The 4x100 meter relay team of Hammersmith, Sean Wells, Jesse Schwartz and VanEnk won in a time of 41.85 seconds, while the 4x400 meter relay team of Hammersmith, Daniel Pung, Hoffman and Mohamed won in a time of 3:19.40.
The Lakers also sent a group of student-athletes to Raleigh, N.C. to take part in the distance events at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State.
The men's team got one provisional qualifying mark in the 10,000 meter run, hit by Josh Moskalewski, who finished with a time of 30:11.52.
In the 5,000 meter run, Stephen Fuelling hit a provisional qualifying mark with a time of 14:22.62.
For the women, a pair of student-athletes hit provisional qualifying marks in the 5,000 meter run, as Molly Slavens (17:00.51) and Courtney Brewis (17:04.51) were under the provisional time.
Next weekend, the track and field teams will split up and head to Ferris State and Michigan State for competition on Saturday (Apr. 6). Both meets will begin at 10 a.m.