GVSU - Lakers Finish Day One at GLIAC Championships

GVSU - Lakers Finish Day One at GLIAC Championships

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Women are currently in first with 40 points, men in second with 45.5 points

Tanner Mickey - Athletic Communications Assistant

FINDLAY, Ohio -- The Grand Valley State track & field teams concluded day one at the GLIAC Championships hosted by Findlay University on Saturday. The Laker men finished day one at the GLIAC Championships three points behind Tiffin, putting up 45.5 points on the day, while the women are currently in first place with 40 points, five points ahead of second-place Ashland.

GVSU's women entered Saturday's meet as the top-ranked team in the country and were led by four second-place finishes on Saturday and number of qualifiers for Sunday's finals in every race. Kyra Hull put up a second-place finish and NCAA automatic qualifying distance in the weight throw with a throw of 19.79m (64' 11"). Alexis Duncan placed second in the long jump with a NCAA provisional mark and distance of 5.80m (19' 0.25") while Kelly Haubert put up a second-place finish in the 5000m with a NCAA provisional time of 17:06.07.

The women's distance medley relay of Gina Patterson, Jessica O'Connell, Rachael Walters, and Kendra Foley put up a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 11:38.51 in a second-place finish, falling short of first by just .49 seconds. Grace Peterson was able to place fourth in the pentathlon on Saturday with a score of 3209 in the event.

The GVSU women qualified six individuals for finals from the preliminary races held on Saturday. Victoria Patton (60m Hurdles), Breanna Luba (60m Hurdles), Tiara Wiggins (60m Hurdles), Chant'e Roberts (400m), Jessica O'Connell (400m), and Angela Ritter (60m, 200m).

The Laker men entered Saturday as the fourth-ranked team nationally and were led by a NCAA provisional mark and first-place finish by Chris May in the 5000m with a time of 14:36.05. GVSU was able to place three additional runners in the 5000m, with Nate Orndorf (3rd, 14:42.37), Josh Steible (5th, 14:52.42), and Alberto Gomez (7th, 14:55.91) all scoring points for the Lakers. GVSU placed two individuals in the pole vault, with Jacob Battani finishing third with a NCAA provisional height of 4.78m (15' 8") and Michael Martin with a sixth place finish and a height of 4.48m (14' 8.25").

GVSU's men qualified Gary Hickman (60m Hurdles), TJ Burnett (400m), Jaylin Golson (400m), and Thomas Capers (200m, 400m) for finals after Saturday's preliminary races.

The Lakers will continue action at Findlay tomorrow morning at 9:00 am for day two of the GLIAC Championships.

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