GVSU - Women Lead After Day One of Track Nationals

GVSU - Women Lead After Day One of Track Nationals

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PUEBLO, Colo. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams already have All-American honors to add to the list after day one of the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl on Thursday (May 23).

There were only a few events being competed as finals on day one and the Lakers had strong showings in most of them.

The Laker women find themselves at the top of the standings after one day of competition with 17 team points. They lead Ashland (15), Mansfield (13), Wayne State (Neb.) (12) and the trio of Sioux Falls, Academy of Art and Findlay who all have 10 points each.

On the men's side, GVSU is tied for fifth after tallying six points on the first day. Ashland (15) leads the way, followed by Stillman (10), MSU-Moorhead (eight), Abilene Christian (eight), GVSU and Grand Canyon (six).

GVSU was scoring points in the first event of the competition, the men's hammer throw. Freshman Darien Thornton capped off his incredible freshman campaign in the hammer with a third-place finish and USTFCCCA All-American honors with a throw of 63.00 meters (206'8") on his first attempt of the day to earn six points.

On the women's side of things, junior Kristen Hixson added to her ever-growing list of All-American honors, finishing third in the pole vault after clearing a height of 4.20 meters (13'9.25"). The top three finishers were all from the GLIAC, as Ashland's Katie Nageotte and Hillsdale's Kayla Caldwell inhabited the first two spots at 4.40 meters (14'5.25"). Also competing in the pole vault was junior Jennifer Schornak, who claimed a tie for 16th after clearing 3.70 meters (12'1.5").

The Laker women picked up the majority of their points in the women's hammer throw, the first of three finals that senior Sam Lockhart would be competing in at this national championship. Lockhart got off to a solid start, finishing third in the only event of the weekend that she was not the top seed in. Her best throw was a 59.30 meter (194'7") effort on the final throw of the competition.

Joining her as All-Americans in the event were freshman Laura Schroeder, who finished seventh (55.20m/181'1"), and junior Alyssa Zokoe, who finished eighth (55.20m/181'1"). The tie was broken based on the second best throw from both student-athletes, where Schroeder had the edge, 54.86 meters to 54.74 meters.

The only other final happening on day one of competition was in the 10,000 meter run. The women's squad got two more points from that event, as junior Courtney Brewis earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in a time of 36:43.94. Junior Molly Slavens just missed out on All-American honors, finishing 10th with a time of 37:47.95.

On the men's side, senior Stephen Fuelling was competing but did not finish the 10k race.

In preliminary action, the women's 4x100 meter relay team of sophomore Carly Scott, junior Kayla Addison, junior Michaela Lewis and sophomore Brittney Banister finished sixth with a time of 46.06 seconds to qualify for Friday's finals.

In the 1,500 meter run, junior Madie Rodts just missed out on advancing to the finals, finishing 11th with a time of 4:37.71.

For the men, junior Larry Julson finished eighth in the event with a time of 3:59.60 to earn his spot in the finals.

Banister finished 13th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.81 seconds, just missing out on qualifying for the finals by .08 seconds.

Junior Hannah Osborn finished ninth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase prelims with a time of 11:12.66, while freshman Katelyn Cliff came across in 19th in a time of 11:55.93.

Senior Jake Isaacson finished 17th on the men's side with a time of 9:52.48.

In the 400 meter hurdles, junior Andrea Kober finished 10th with a time of 1:01.18, just barely missing out on the finals after finishing fourth in her heat.

In the men's 400 meter hurdles, junior Logan Hoffman finished 12th with a time of 52.84 seconds.

On Friday (May 24), the finals will take place for the men's discus and high jump, while the women will have finals for the discus throw and triple jump. Both genders will have their finals in the steeplechase.

Live results and live video of Friday's action can be seen by clicking the links at the top of this recap.