Grand Valley State Sweeps GLIAC Outdoor T&F Championships
Provided by GVSU
Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant
HILLSDALE, Mich. – Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field stand atop the mountain once again, as the Laker men and women took home the 2015 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It's the 16th straight title for the women, while the men make it four championships in five years and 10 titles all-time.
Grand Valley State captured their first individual event of the afternoon in the women's 100 meter final, where freshman Angela Ritter ran a time of 11.97 to take first, narrowly edging out Brittany Darby of Tiffin by .02 seconds. Ritter would also win the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.28, beating Darby again by .06 seconds. The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Alexis Duncan, Brittney Banister, Breanna Luba and Ritter edged out the Hillsdale relay team by .06 seconds to win the event for GVSU. For the men, Bryce Bradley captured his second individual title as a Laker by placing first in the 5000 meter with a time of 14:42.69.
Out of the 25 Lakers who qualified for today's finals on Thursday, nearly all of them ended up scoring points for Grand Valley State. For the women's running events, Alison Work placed seventh in the 800 meter with a time of 2:15.46, Kendra Foley (4:33.23) and Amy Creutz (4:34.35) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, Amy Cymerman took third in the 5000 meter with a time of 16:56.35, Breanna Luba (1:00.54), Kylie Hicks (1:02.54) and Jessica O'Connell (1:04.98) took second, fourth, and eighth in the 400 meter hurdles. In the field events, Kathryn Mills placed sixth and Alishia Weaver eighth in the high jump with marks of 1.65 meters and 1.60 meters, respectively, and Michaela Lewis recorded a mark of 11.45 meters t place sixth in the triple jump.
In the men's running events, Luke Vasilion (10.85) and Gerald McGee (10.99) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, Gary Hickman placed sixth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.10, Brent Brock (48.31) and Daniel Pung (49.45) respectively placing fifth and eighth in the 400 meter dash, Ricky Perez (3:55.64), Wuoi Mach (3:57.72) and Mitchell Wilkins (3:58.68) placing third, fourth and fifth in the 1500 meter, Ethan Barnes (1:49.95) and Torben Hoffmeyer (1:54.65) placing second and eighth in the 800 meter, Chris May (14:57.18) and Peter Tomkiewicz (15:01.07) placing fifth and seventh in the 500 meter, Sean Wells (13.92) and Kaleb Radke (15.64) taking second and sixth place in the 110 meter hurdles, and T.J. Burnett (52.70), Tyler Pavliga (54.99) and Zakry O'Brien (55.68) taking third, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 400 meter hurdles. The 4x400 meter relay team of Brock, Wells, Pung and Burnett ran the race in a time of 3:12.62 to place second, only .42 seconds off the Hillsdale team from winning the event. In the field events, Patrick Fisch vaulted a mark of 4.65 meters to place fifth, Chris Saikalis took second in the shot put with a mark o 18.37 meters, and Blake Donson placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 48.85 meters.
Trailing the Laker women were Hillsdale (109.50), Tiffin (100), Ashland (91.50), and Findlay (73) to round out the top five. Placing outside the top five were Wayne State (61), Malone (55), Saginaw Valley State (33), Northern Michigan and Walsh (29), Ferris State (25), Lake Erie (22), Lake Superior State (14), Northwood (13), Michigan Tech (4) and Ohio Dominican (1).
Finishing behind Grand Valley State in the men's competition were Ashland (143), Hillsdale (103), Tiffin (95), and Findlay (94) to wrap up the first five. Malone (40) was the next team, and they were followed by Northwood (37), Saginaw Valley State (36), Michigan Tech (35), Lake Erie and Ohio Dominican (25), Lake Superior State (16), Walsh (10), and Ferris State (3).
The Lakers also earned a large number of awards on the day. Head coach Jerry Baltes was named the Men's Coach of the Year, the sixth time he's received the award in his coaching career. Angela Ritter was named the Freshman of the Meet for the running events and the High Point Athlete of the Meet for her first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Alexis Duncan was named the Freshman of the Meet for field events with a first-place finish in the long jump and as a member of the women's 4x400 meter relay team.
Grand Valley State will host two final meets before competing at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. On Friday (May 8) they will his the GVSU 2nd to Last Chance Meet, and on Saturday (May 9) they will host the GVSU Last Chance Meet.