GVSU Shatters Records on Busy Track Weekend
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ALLENDALE, Mich. - The weather proved to be hectic over the weekend, forcing the Al Owens Classic to move inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday (Apr. 20), but that didn't stop a few student-athletes from putting their names in the record books, anyway.
Nearly a handful of school records were matched or broken at the Al Owens Classic, and another record was broken about as far away from Allendale as you can get - at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Al Owens Classic (Allendale, Mich.)
With the move inside for the Al Owens Classic due to weather, only the high jump and pole vault student-athletes were eligible to qualify for nationals, as well as the throws, which still took place outdoors at the Laker Track & Field Stadium.
Senior Sam Lockhart, a mainstay at the top of the results, continued her reign. In the discus throw, Lockhart had a historic effort, unleashing a toss of 58.75 meters (192'9") in the sub-35 degree temperatures. The throw is the best discus throw in NCAA Division II history, the best this season by nearly 12 feet, and the third-best effort among any level in college this year. The throw was a new GVSU record and a new Laker Track & Field Stadium record, besting Mary Angell's 56.94 meter effort in 2012.
Senior Jamie Smith, also in the discus, hit a provisional mark with her runner-up finish of 46.94 meters (154'0").
Lockhart also won the shot put competition with a toss of 15.33 meters (50'3.5"), an automatic qualifying mark but not better than her effort at the GVSU-SVSU Dual meet. Lockhart also finished third in the hammer throw with a best throw of 54.21 meters (177'10") in an event that was won by Alyssa Zokoe with a throw of 55.22 meters (181'2"), both provisional qualifying marks.
Not to be outdone on the men's side, freshman Darien Thornton put his name in the GVSU record books as well with a victory in the hammer throw. Thornton had a school-record effort of 62.13 meters (203'10"), the third-best mark in NCAA Division II this year and the best throw by a freshman by over 17 feet this season.
In the men's high jump, sophomore Trent Chappell matched a GVSU indoor school record by clearing a height of 2.15 meters (7'0.5") in his event victory, matching Jeremy Pearson's effort in 2000, one of the longest-standing records in GVSU track and field. The mark is a provisional qualifying mark and is tied for the fifth-best jump in Division II this season.
Another near-school record was taking place in the women's pole vault. Junior Kristen Hixson took three jumps on the day. The first was a clear of 4.21 meters (13'9.75"), good enough for the victory, an automatic qualifying mark, the third-best effort in NCAA Division II this season, and just shy of the indoor GVSU record of 4.25 meters that Hixson herself set during the indoor season.
Alexandra Kitz, Amy Reynolds, Jacqueline Williams and Jennifer Schornak all hit provisional marks by clearing 3.61 meters (11'10") in the event.
In the high jump, it was Alisha Weaver hitting a provisional mark, winning the event with a height of 1.68 meters (5'6").
For the men's pole vault, a trio of Lakers hit provisional marks, led by Jake Elbers, who won the event with a height of 4.89 meters (16'0.5"). Senior Kevin Leland also hit the same mark, but took one extra jump to clear the height than Elbers. Andrew Olszewski cleared 4.74 meters (15'6.5") to also notch a provisional mark.
Seniors Matt Armstrong (16.76m/55'0") and Donny Stiffer (16.32m/53'6.5") hit provisional marks in the shot put outdoors, taking the top two spots in the event in the process.
Stiffler also picked up a provisional mark in the discus, finishing third with a toss of 50.56 meters (165'10"). He was bested by a pair of teammates, led by Nathan Dekam's event victory with a provisional mark of 51.41 meters (168'8"). Blake Donson was second, barely, with a throw of 51.37 meters (168'6").
Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.)
On Thursday (Apr. 18), Larry Julson put himself in Laker annals by setting a new school record in the 1,500 meter run. Julson finished his heat in a time of 3:47.23, the top effort by a Division II athlete in that event. It's the fourth-best time in Division II this season and broke current Laker assistant coach Nick Polk's old record of 3:47.40 set back in 2008.
In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, sophomore Hannah Osborn had one of the best efforts in Division II this season, finishing fourth in her event with a time of 10:36.76, the fourth-best mark in D-II this outdoor season. Katelyn Cliff also hit a provisional mark in the same race, finishing with a time of 11:08.31.
Courtney Brewis in the 10,000 meter run turned in a top five Division II effort in the event this season, finishing with a time of 34:58.78. Molly Slavens was nearly as good, finishing in a time of 35:14.65 to notch a provisional qualifying mark in the same race.
Also in the 10,000 meter run, senior Stephen Fuelling hit a provisional qualifying mark with a time of 29:55.66.
On Friday (Apr. 19), it was another host of qualifying marks getting hit by the Lakers. In the 4x100 meter relay on the women's side, the team of Carly Scott, Kayla Addison, Michaela Lewis and Brittney Banister on their heat with a provisional qualifying time of 46.49 seconds and was the highest-finishing Division II team in the event.
In the 100 meter hurdles, junior Kalena Franklin nearly set a school record, finishing fifth with a time of 12.49 seconds, just .01 off the GVSU record. It was, however, good enough for an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying time.
In the 110 meter hurdles, it was freshman Sean Wells hitting a provisional qualifying time of 14.23 seconds en route to the victory in his heat and a fifth-place finish overall in the event.
Ethan Barnes hit a provisional qualifying mark in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.21, as well as Nicholas Wharry, who finished with a time of 1:52.25 and Jeremy Wilk, who finished with a time of 1:52.30.
Andrea Kober finished with a time of 1:01.64 in the 400 meter hurdles, a provisional qualifying mark but not her best effort of the season.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Brittany Terry, Brittney Banister, Kober and Franklin hit a provisional qualifying mark of 3:45.54, while the men's team of Nathaniel Hammersmith, Chris Teitsma, Logan Hoffman and Mohamed Mohamed did the same with a time of 3:12.84.
Alan Peterson hit a provisional qualifying mark in the 5,000 meter runw ith a time of 14:14.17 to finish sixth in his event, while Josh Moskalewski just snuck under the provisional qualifying time as well with a time of 14:35.01.
On the women's side, Allyson Winchester turned in one of the top five Division II performances this year in the 5,000 meter run, hitting a provisional qualifying mark with a time of 16:49.13.
Beach Invite (Long Beach, Calif.)
Many of the same student-athletes who participated in the Mt. SAC Relays then took the next day to participate at the Long Beach Invite, where another host of qualifying marks were hit.
In the women's 1,500 meter run, a trio of Lakers hit provisional qualifying marks. Madie Rodts finished seventh (4:28.52), Hannah Osborn was eighth (4:29.48) and Katelyn Califf was 11th (4:33.81), all hitting the provisional marks.
On the men's side, Larry Julson hit another provisional mark, this time with a mark of 3:51.36.
In the 4x100 meter relay, the team of Scott, Addison, Lewis and Banister again hit a provisional mark, though this time it was even better. They finished third with a time of 46.09 seconds.
For the men, the team of Jesse Schwartz, Nathaniel Hammersmith, Sean Wells and Brent VanEnk finished with a time of 41.20 seconds, right on the dot for the provisional qualifying time.
Wells hit another provisional mark in the 110 meter hurdles, this one in a time of 14.33 seconds, just behind his time at Mt. SAC.
In the women's 100 meter dash, Banister hit a provisional qualifying mark with a time of 11.96 seconds.
Kober hit another provisional mark in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing 17th with a time of 1:01.62. For the men, Hoffman hit a provisional mark as well, finishing third with a time of 53.03 seconds in the event.
Banister also put up a provisional mark in the 200 meter dash, finishing 12th with a time of 24.46 seconds. Addison was under the provisional threshold as well, finishing 15th with a time of 24.55 seconds.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Terry, Banister, Kober and Franklin finished second with a provisional qualifying time of 3:47.31.
The Lakers will now prepare to take part in the Hillsdale Gina Relays, which will run this Thursday (Apr. 25) through Saturday (Apr. 27).