GVSU - Laker T&F Competes in Day Two of EIU Big Blue Classic

GVSU - Laker T&F Competes in Day Two of EIU Big Blue Classic

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CHARLESTON, ILL. - The Grand Valley State men's & women's track & field teams opened up competition at the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Classic on Friday (Apr. 3), with several athletes competing in two events for the women and 12 athletes participating in three events for the men.

For the men, who rank fifth in the attest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II rankings, the hammer throw was their best event. Darien Thornton, who already hit an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in last weekend's dual meet against Saginaw Valley State, hit another auto mark with a throw of 65.73 meters to place first in the event. Also competing in the event was Mike Moon, who hit a provisional mark of 60.62 meters.

In the 5,000-meter, three GVSU runners placed in the Top 10. Trevor Sharnas placed seventh with a time of 15:08.10, Peter Tomkiewicz took eighth with a time of 15.08.72, and Kousei Yajima placed ninth with a time of 15:10.13. Also running in the event for Grand Valley State were Greg Madendorp in 15th (15:26.89) and Mark List in 17th (15:29.17).

GVSU also had four runners competing in the 400-meter hurdles, with TJ Burnett taking fifth with a time of 54.08. Also running in the event were Tyler Pavliga (12th, 55.72), Zakry O'Brien (14th, 56.62), and Jesse Schwartz (15th, 56.74).

Laura Schroeder earned the lone qualifying mark for the Laker women in the hammer throw, hitting a mark of 58.90 meters to qualify with a provisional mark. Also competing in the hammer throw were Kaylyn Hill (16th, 46.04 meters) and Janae Linville (20th, 44.50 meters).

Four Lakers competed in the 400-meter hurdles, with Breanna Luba (4th, 1:03.00) and Jessica O'Connell (8th, 1:06.92) placing in the Top 10. Also running in the event for Grand Valley State were Kylie Hicks (14th, 1:08.70) and Tiara Wiggins (19th, 1:11.06). Alex McBride also ran for the Lakers, placing 13th in the 5,000-meter with a time of 18:36.19.

The final day of the Big Blue Classic is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the men's javelin and the women's discus, and at 11 a.m. with the men's 110-meter hurdles. The complete meet schedule can be found here or on the GVSU track & field schedule page.