GVSU - Lakers Cruise to Quad Meet Victory
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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant
Allendale, Mich. – The Grand Valley State track & field teams blew away their opposition en route to a pair of dominating victories at the GVSU Quad Meet inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday (Jan. 31). The men finished with a total of 218 points, while the women ended the day with 176 points.
The Laker men, ranked fourth in this week's USTFCCCA Division II poll, were dominant in their victory today with 218 points, leaving Lincoln (71), #8 Lewis (67), and St. Joseph's (65) in the dust.
GVSU were in control from the get-go, with GVSU athletes taking first in 12 events on the day. They saw victories claimed by Luke Vasilion in the 60 meter dash (6.96), Sean Wells in the 200 meter run (21.89) and the 60 meter hurdles (7.94), Brock Brent in the 400 meter dash (48.70), Wuoi Mach in the 800 meter run (1:52.64), Bryce Bradley in the 3000 meter run (8:18.16), Patrick Fisch in the pole vault (4.75m), Gerald McGee in the long jump (7.06m), Samora Nesbitt in the triple jump (14.50m), Darien Thornton in the shot put (17.06m) and the weight throw (20.57m), and the 4x400 "A" meter relay team (3:19.40). Brock, Mach, Bradley, Wells in the hurdles, Fisch, McGee, Nesbitt, and Thornton in both the shot put and the weight throw all hit provisional marks in their wins.
Also nabbing provisional marks for the men were Gary Hickman in the 60 meter hurdles (8.08), Brandon Bean in the high jump (2.05m), and Chris Saikalis in the shot put (16.68). And along with Thornton, a trio of Lakers hit provisional marks in the weight throw with Blake Donson (18.96m), Mike Moon (18.63m), and Jay Lechner (18.41m) all nailing provisional marks.
The GVSU women, ranked ninth in the latest USTFCCCA poll, ran away from the competition with 176 points, easily handling #3 Lewis (98), #11 Lincoln (97), and St. Joseph's (52).
Seven Laker women took first place on the afternoon, while another 16 recorded NCAA provisional marks. The team in particular performed exceptionally well in the pole vault, taking four out of the Top 5 spots including Jamie Roberts in first (3.94m). Skylar Schoen and Alexandra Kitz both tied for third (3.69m), while Whitney Bice (3.69m) took fifth.
Other winners for the Laker ladies were Angela Ritter in the 60 meter dash (7.64), Jenna Klynstra in the Mile (5:06.94), Amy Cymerman in the 3000 meter run (9:36.33), Samantha Saikalis in the high jump (1.65m), Alexis Duncan in the long jump (5.60m), and Laura Schroeder in the weight throw (17.47m). Ritter, Cymerman, Saikalis, Roberts, Duncan, and Schroeder all hit provisional marks in their events.
Also hitting provisional marks for Grand Valley State were Carly Scott (7.65) and Michaela Lewis (7.69) in the 60 meter dash, Angela Ritter in the 200 meter run (24.93), Kendra Foley (9:40.57), Amy Creutz (9:43.97), Jessica Janecke (9:47.05) and Hannah Osborn (9:48.18) in the 3000 meter dash, and Breanna Luba in the 60 meter hurdles (8.70).
The Lakers hit the road next week when they take on rival Saginaw Valley State in a dual-meet on Friday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m.