GVSU - Kendra Foley Wins National Championship In 10,000 meter run

GVSU - Kendra Foley Wins National Championship In 10,000 meter run

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Men 3rd and Women 4th after day 1 at NCAA Championships

Tim Nott - Associate AD for Media Relations

The Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field teams both competed on day one at the NCAA DII National Championships Thursday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The Laker men are third with 12 points, while the GVSU women are fourth with 10 points. Competition will run through Saturday.

The highlight of day one came in the evening portion as Grand Valley State senior Kendra Foley, a two-time cross country individual National Champion, claimed the title in the 10,000 meter run. Foley made her first move at the 4,000 meter mark, moving from seventh to third and then made the title clinching move when she went from third to first at the 7,200 meter mark. Foley crossed the finish line in 34:36.21, more than 12 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Several Lakers qualified for finals through prelim races Thursday. Angela Ritter finished sixth in the 100-meter prelims (11.62) to advance to the finals, while Chant'e Roberts finished sixth in the 400-meter run (54.15) to qualify for the finals. In addition, Allie Ludge qualified for the finals in the mile run with a prelim time of 4:29.79. Amy Creutz finished 13th in the prelims (4:30.26) and Rachel Bendewald 19th (4:34.76) in the mile. Kya Hull finished ninth in the hammer throw (190-04) and Alexis Duncan 18th in the long jump (18-8.5).

The Laker men turned in a solid first day, recording a pair of fifth-place finishes and advancing another to the final in the 1,500. Jacob Battani turned in a fifth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 16-11 to earn all-america honors, while Chris May crossed the finish line in 29:44.38 in the 10,000 meter final to finish fifth. Isaiah Thomas finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 24-10, while Mike Moon finished eighth in the hammer throw with a toss of 200.05. Wuoi Mach qualified for the final in the 1,500 with a time of 3:51.16 and TJ Burnett finished ninth in the 400 with a time of 52.28, just missing out on advancing to the finals.