GVSU - Track & Field Concludes Action in Hillsdale and South Bend
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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant
SOUTH BEND, Ind./HILLSDALE, Mich. - Grand Valley State has concluded their weekend of competition at the 2016 Notre Dame Meyo Invitational and the 2016 Hillsdale Wide Track Classic. The Lakers had a total of 12 individual runners and one relay team competing at the two-day meet at the Loftus Sports Center.
GVSU had four runners competing on Friday, with Sean Wells being the only athlete of the group to compete in two events. He placed fourth in the 60m hurdle preliminaries with a time of 8.06 and 25th in the 200m dash with a time of 22.19. The senior's time would qualify him for the 60m hurdle semifinals on Saturday.
The remaining three runners competed on the women's side of the meet. Amy Cymerman was the highest-finishing Laker on the day, placing third in the 5000m with a time of 16:45.58. Also running on Friday were Beatriz Indurain, who placed 15th in the 60m hurdle preliminary with a time of 8.63, and Angie Ritter, who ran in the 200m dash and placed 21st with a time of 24.979.
On Saturday, there were eight total individuals and one relay team ran for the Lakers. Running in the 60m hurdle semifinals, Wells placed second with a time of 7.93, earning him a spot in the finals of the event. The returning hurdles national champion would run the race in 7.96 to take third. Also running for the Laker men on Saturday were Ethan Barnes (4th, 1:49.51) in the 800m, and Bryce Bradley (10th, 8:06.36) and Wuoi Mach (14th, 8:11.09) in the 3000m.
Kendra Foley finished as the highest-placing individual runner on Saturday, crossing the finish line in the 3000m in 9:33.40 to place 15th. Gina Patterson (24th, 4:51.39) and Jordan Chester (41st, 4:56.82) also ran for Grand Valley State in the Mile. Representing GVSU as a relay team in the 4x400m were Ritter, Skylar Dantzler, Eskolunbe Puente and Jessica O'Connell, and the team crossed the line at 3:47.37 to place 11th.
Grand Valley State had significantly more athletes competing at the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic, competing in both running and field events. For the women runners, Breanna Luba earned a provisional qualifying time in the 60m hurdles by running a time of 8.82 in the final of the event. It was the highest finish of any Laker runner at the meet.
The GVSU field athletes hit five total NCAA qualifying standards, including one automatic mark byJaime Roberts in the pole vault. The senior cleared a height of 4.10m (13' 5.25"), passing the NCAA automatic mark by 10 centimeters and placing her atop among all competitors in the country. Michaila Lawcock (3.65m/11' 11.75") and Skylar Schoen (3.65m/11' 11.75") both hit provisional marks in the pole vault, while Kyra Hull (18.92m/62' 1.00"), Kaylyn Hill (17.05m/55' 11.25") and Mariah Mansperger (16.90m/55' 5.50") all hit provisional marks in the weight throw. Hull's toss broke a Wide Track Classic record set by Findlay's Kendra Averesch.
Lawson Bright-Mitchell ran the final of the 60m dash in 6.88, hitting a provisional mark with a second-place finish. Bright-Mitchell's finish was just .05 seconds away from tying the school record set by Scott Mackey back in 2002.
The Laker field athletes were led by Darien Thornton, who once again hit an automatic mark in the weight throw with a heave of 21.37m (70' 1.50") and a provisional mark of 16.55m (54' 3.75") in the shot put. Thornton's mark in the weight throw also tied the meet record set by Justin Welch of Findlay. Also hitting provisional marks for the Lakers were Tor'i Brooks (7.04m/23' 1.25'') in the long jump, Samora Nesbitt (14.69m/48' 2.50") in the triple jump, Chris Saikalis in the shot put (17.73m/58' 2.00") and the weight throw (17.45m/57' 3.00"), and Blake Donson (19.80m/64' 11.50''), Jay Lechner (19.55m/64' 1.75'') and Mike Moon (17.72m/58' 1.75'') in the weight throw.
GVSU now looks ahead to the annual Big Meet, hosted at the Kelly Family Sports Center. A two-day event, the Friday events will begin at 10 a.m. while Saturday's meet will begin at 9 a.m.