GVSU - Lockhart Wins Discus, GVSU Women Lead after Day Two

GVSU - Lockhart Wins Discus, GVSU Women Lead after Day Two

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PUEBLO, Colo. - The Grand Valley State track and field teams completed day two of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and the women had a stellar showing, maintaining their lead at the top of the scoreboard behind senior Sam Lockhart at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.

The women's squad now has 30 points and continues to lead Academy of Art (24), Alaska-Anchorage (18), Ashland (17) and Wayne State (Neb.) (16) in the top five. The women's team is seeking to win its third straight outdoor national title.

The men's team is tied for ninth with 10 points with three other schools. The top five on the men's side currently are Ashland (18), Adams State (16), Western State (16), Pittsburg State (15) and American International (14).

On day two, it was Lockhart who led the way for the Lakers, dominating the field in the women's discus throw with a facility and championship meet record toss of 58.08 meters (190'7") to win the event by more than 19 feet. For Lockhart, it was her 12th total All-American honor and the fourth individual national title of her career, her first outdoors.

Senior Jamie Smith finished 11th in the discus with a throw of 44.76 meters (146'10").

In other finals competition, sophomore Trent Chappell fell just short of a new school record in the men's high jump, finishing fifth after clearing a height of 2.15 meters (7'0.5"), just 1.5 inches short of the GVSU record.

In the final field event competing on day two that the Lakers had a representative in, junior Nathan Dekam finished 12th in the men's discus with a throw of 50.42 meters (165'5").

The only other event having its final competed on day two was in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, where the women's team got a big lift from junior Hannah Osborn, who finished sixth in a time of 11:03.13 to score three points for the team score.

In preliminary competition, freshman Ethan Barnes finished 13th in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:52.70.

Junior Kalena Franklin snagged the last qualifying spot for finals in the 100 meter hurdles, placing ninth with a time of 13.69 seconds to earn her spot in Saturday's final day of competition. On Saturday, this event's final may be the story that determines the team champion, as Academy of Art qualified four student-athletes for the finals.

On the men's side, freshman Sean Wells hit a school-record time of 14.08 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles, but was the first one to miss out on finals, finishing 10th.

The final event of day two was the preliminary competition for the 4x400 meter relay and the women's team of freshman Brittany Terry, sophomore Brittney Banister, sophomore Andrea Kober and Franklin qualified for the finals with a time of 3:44.65 to finish sixth.

The third and final day of competition will get under way at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday with the men's pole vault. At 4:30 p.m., the women's shot put will begin, where Lockhart is a heavy favorite to take the individual title. Live results and live video are available at the links above.