GVSU Track & Field Prepares for NCAA Championships

GVSU Track & Field Prepares for NCAA Championships

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The Grand Valley State track & field teams will be competing at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Birmingham, Ala. starting next Thursday. The Laker women will enter the championship meet as the second-ranked team in the nation, while the men enter as the number four team in the country. Twenty-six GVSU track & field athletes qualified for the national meet as either an individual or in a relay.

At last weekend's GLIAC Championships, the Laker women were able to claim their 18th consecutive GLIAC title, while the men fell just short of winning their eighth straight title as Tiffin took the honor this season. During last year's indoor championships, the Laker women finished in third place, while the GVSU men finished in fifth place.

The Laker women are going to be represented at the Division II Championships by Dajsha Avery (Shot Put), Kendra Foley (3000m, 5000m, Distance Medley Relay), Kelly Haubert (5000m), Kaylyn Hill (Weight Throw), Kyra Hull (Weight Throw), Stacey Metzger (5000m), Kathryn Mills (High Jump), Jessica O'Connell (4x400m Relay, Distance Medley Relay), Gina Patterson (Distance Medley Relay), Angela Ritter (60m, 400m, 4x400m Relay), Chant'e Roberts (400m, 4x400m Relay), and Rachael Walters (800m, 4x400m Relay, Distance Medley Relay).

Grand Valley State's men that will be competing at the Division II Championships will be TJ Burnett (4x400m Relay), Thomas Capers (4x400m Relay), Jaylin Golson (4x400m Relay, Distance Medley Relay), Gary Hickman (60m Hurdles), David Jones (Distance Medley Relay), Wuoi Mach (Distance Medley Relay), Chris May (3000m, 5000m), Mike Moon (Weight Throw), Samora Nesbitt (Triple Jump), Zach Panning (3000m, 5000m, Distance Medley Relay), Chaz Porter (4x400m Relay), Chris Saikalis (Shot Put), Isaiah Thomas (Long Jump), and Hunter Weeks (High Jump).

The Division II Championships will commence on Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex as the men's heptathlon will kick off the three-day event at 11:00 am Thursday morning. The first event that a GVSU athlete will compete in will be the women's weight throw, which begins at 1:30 pm on Thursday.