GVSU - Lakers Sweep Competition at GVSU Open

GVSU - Lakers Sweep Competition at GVSU Open

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ALLENDALE, Mich. – In their third consecutive home meet of the 2015-16 season, Grand Valley State track & field dominated the competition at the GVSU Open at the Kelly Family Sports Center on Friday (Jan. 22). The Laker men scored 183 points while the Laker women rolled to 217 points. Both teams outscored second-place Davenport, with the men winning by 107 points over the Panthers and the women by 157.

The Lakers combined to win 19 individual and team events, hitting 14 NCAA provisional qualifying standards and one automatic mark. The night was highlighted by the record-breaking performance by Darien Thornton. An All-American in 2015, the senior achieved a mark of 22.06m (72' 4.5"), breaking a school record he set at last season's GVSU Tune-Up. This makes it three meets in a row where Thornton has hit an automatic qualifying mark.

Eight male GVSU athletes hit provisional marks, while six Laker women hit provisional marks in both field and running events. Along with his automatic mark in the weight throw, Thornton also hit a provisional mark in the shot put with a throw of 17.26m (56' 7.5"), and joining him in hitting provisional marks were Gary Hickman (8.18) in the 60m hurdles, Wuoi Mach (4:08.82) and Ethan Barnes (4:09.54) in the Mile, Tor'i Brooks (7.14m/23' 5.25") in the long jump, Chris Saikalis (17.18m/56' 4.5") in the shot put, and Blake Donson (19.37m/63' 6.75''), Mike Moon (18.33m/60' 1.75"), and Jay Lechner (18.04m/59' 2.25") in the weight throw.

On the women's side, hitting provisional qualifying marks for Grand Valley State were Beatriz Indurain (8.74) in the 60m hurdles, Kendra Foley (4:53.94) in the Mile, Amy Cymerman (9:43.12) in the 3000m, Kathryn Mills (1.69m/5' 6.5") in the high jump, Jaime Roberts (3.84m/12' 7.5") in the pole vault, Dajsha Avery (13.87m/45' 6.25"), and Kyra Hull (18.21m/59' 9.0") in the weight throw.

Another record was broken at today's meet. Running in the 3000m, Leah O'Conner of adidas left a trail of fire behind her as she crossed the finish line in a blistering 8:59.44, smashing the Kelly Center record of 9:06.68 originally set by Desiree Davilla in 2009.

The Lakers return to action on Saturday (Jan. 30) at the Mike Lints Alumni Open. The meet starts at 1 p.m. and live stats will be provided by Grand Valley State.