GVSU - Laker T&F Wraps Up Busy Saturday at WKU Invite and Hillsdale Invite
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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field teams finished up competition at the two-day WKU Hilltopper Relays at the Charles M. Rueter Track and Field Complex.
The majority of the GVSU field athletes and select sprinters competed at the two-day event in Kentucky, with two women's vaulters hitting automatic NCAA qualifying marks. Six women athletes also hit NCAA provisional marks, while five male athletes hit provisional marks.
Pole vaulters Alexandra Kitz and Jamie Roberts both hit marks of 4.00 meters, placing fourth and fifth respectively, earning them automatic qualifying marks to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Allendale from May 21-May 23. Despite both hitting the same mark, Kitz was awarded fourth due to not making any misses until she attempted the mark of 4.15 meters, while Roberts made her second attempt of every mark up until the 4.15 meter marker. Jennifer Schornak and Whitney Bice also earned NCAA qualifying marks in the event, with Schornak placing sixth with a vault of 3.85 meters and Bice taking ninth with a mark of 3.70 meters.
Along with Schornak, earning provisional marks for the women's competitors were Rebecka Anderson in the javelin (1st, 45.09 meters), Kaylyn Hill in the discus throw (2nd, 46.14 meters), Kathryn Mills in the high jump (2nd, 1.71 meters), and Sarah Talbott (3rd, 5.88 meters) and Alexis Duncan (5th, 5.76 meters) in he long jump.
On the men's side, Mike Moon set a new Grand Valley State record in the javelin with a throw of 62.29 meters, shattering the previous record of 58.12 meters set by Kevin Kimple in 2006. Moon's javelin throw, an NCAA provisional mark and a first-place finish, was his second mark and third top five finish of the meet. Moon hit a provisional mark in the hammer throw with a second-place mark of 57.84 meters, and he took fifth in the discus with a mark of 46.68 meters.
Also hitting provisional marks on the day for the Laker men were Darien Thornton in the hammer throw (1st, 63.61 meters), Trent Chappell in the high jump (2nd, 2.10 meters), Patrick Fisch in the pole vault (3rd, 5.00 meters), and Chris Saikalis (1st, 18.47 meters) and Thornton (2nd, 17.27 meters) in the shot put.
HILLSDALE, Mich. - The GVSU sprinters and select throwers and vaulters competed at Saturday's Hillsdale Invitational, hosted by Hillsdale College. The Laker men saw one sprinter set a new school record along with an automatic mark, while another hurdler hit a provisional mark.
Running in the 110 meter hurdles, Sean Wells set a new GVSU record while hitting an automatic qualifying mark in the event with a time of 13.98 to take first place. Wells continues to cut away at his time in the hurdles, besting from his record-setting time of 14.01 at last weekend's EIU Big Blue Classic. Wells also ran with Odell McFarland, Daniel Pung, and TJ Burnett as a member of the 4x400 meter relay "A" team, where the four placed second with a time of 3:20.15. The other hurdler to hit an NCAA provisional mark was Burnett, who finished second in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.34.
While there were no NCAA qualifying marks hit on the women's side, one individual and two relay teams all placed first in their respective events. Alisha Weaver took the high jump with a mark of 1.65 meters, the 4x100 meter relay "A" team of Carly Scott, Angela Ritter, Michaela Lewis, and Brittney Banister placed first with a time of 47.26, and the 4x400 meter relay "A" team of Jessica O'Connell, Banister, Breanna Luba, and Ritter took first with a time of 3:50.49.
The upcoming schedule for Grand Valley State will once again prove to be packed. From Thursday (Apr. 16) to Saturday (Apr. 18), the Lakers will send a team to the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., while another team runs the two-day Al Owens Classic on Friday (Apr. 17) and Saturday (Apr. 18), and third group will head to Long Beach, Calif. for the Long Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State University, on Saturday.