GVSU Laker Men and Women Take First at GVSU Bob Eubanks Open
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The Grand Valley State track & field teams hosted the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open and captured first place victories along the way as the women scored 177.75 points, while the men recorded 150 points.
The Laker women had four athletes hit provisional marks during the meet. In the track events Angela Ritter and Nicole Sreenan placed first and second during the 60 meter dash with times of 7.60 and 7.63. Sreenan's time of 7.63 was also a personal best in the event as well. In the women's weight throw, Bobbie Goodwin placed first with a throw of 19.03m, while Brianna DeSappio finished third and also earned hit a provisional mark of 17.09m. Goodwin and Desappio throws were both career bests.
On the men's side five Lakers hit provisional marks in the day's events. Emmanuel Arop finished first in the 60 meter dash after posting a provisional mark of 6.88. Gary Hickman and Tyler Kirkwood placed first and second in the 60 meter hurdles as both athletes hit provisional marks of 8.08 and 8.24. In addition, Tyler Kirkwood's time of 8.24 was a new personal best in the event. Isaiah Thomas earned a first place finish after he jumped a 7.15m (23' 5.5'') in the long jump. Justin Scavarda finished the night first in the shot put after throwing 17.76m and placed second in the weight throw with a distance of 18.24m; both throws were personal best and also hit provisional marks.
Other top performances that helped the women score included Willow Stuedemann (7.66) for third place in the 60 meter dash. Ritter added another first place notch in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.98, as Angelica Floyd (24.43) and Breanna Luba (26.64) finished seventh and ninth respectively. In the 300 meter race Emma Roedel (41.85), Heather Johnson (41.88) and Jessica O'Connell (41.94) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, while Chant'e Roberts and Jessica Eby placed first and second in the 400 meter race with times of 57.15 and 57.87. Tiara Wiggins (8.99), Breanna Luba (9.06) and Victoria Patton (9.17) placed first, second and third in the 60 meter hurdles, while Jessica Gustad placed seventh respectively with a time of 9.40.
Scoring in the women's fields events included Lauren Sayre (1.62m, 5' 3.75'') for second place in the high jump, followed by Brooke Johnson (1.52m, 4' 11.75") for fifth, Jessica Tea-Hui (1.52m, 4' 11.75") for sixth and Grace Peterson also scored for the Lakers with a jump of (1.47m, 4' 9.75"). Emily Matkin placed second in the long jump with a distance of 5.28m (17' 4''), Angelica Floyd finished fourth with a distance of 5.25m (17'2.75''), while Alex Reeves placed seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 10.53m (34' 6.75"). In the women's shot put, Brianna DeSappio (13.14m, 43' 1.5'') Mariah Mansperger (12.88m, 42' 3.25"), Erika Lechner (12.51m, 41' 0.5") placed second, fourth and fifth in the shot put. Mary Hecksel and Jessica Rockwell placed fourth and seventh in the weight throw with distances of 15.77m (51' 9'') and 15.11m (49' 7'').
Other top finishers that scored for the men included Ethan Noble (6.94) for third place, followed by Kenny Jones (6.97) and Jeremiah Davis (7.04) for fourth and fifth place respectively. Noble and Hickman placed first and third in the 200 meter race with times of 22.28 and 22.51. The Lakers had three more athletes score in the 300 meter race as Tyler Pavliga (35.67) placed fifth, followed by Davis and Daniel Walker with times of 35.78 and 36.02 for sixth and eighth place. Jaylin Golson placed first in the 400 meter race with a time of 49.05 and Wanya Sanders followed suit with a second place finish with a time of 50.35, and Andrew McFarland placed sixth in the 600 meter race with a time of 1:24.60. Darius Youngblood also scored for the Lakers during the 60 meter hurdles with a fourth place finish with a time of 8.56. The men's 4x400 relay team finished first with a time of 3:22.61 with strong performances by Pavliga, Sanders, Golson and David Alberdi.
Scoring in the men's field events included Sam Ludka in the high jump with a second place finish (1.98m, 6' 6). Tommy Cwiok (14.86m, 48' 9'') and Hunter Harding (13.99m, 45' 10.75) each scored in the shot put with fourth and eighth place finishes. Harding also placed fourth in the weight throw with a throw of 16.21m (54' 1.25'').
The Lakers will be in action next week on January 19 when they host the GVSU Open at the Kelly Family Sports Center.