GVSU - Lakers Finish Day One of the GLIAC Championships

GVSU - Lakers Finish Day One of the GLIAC Championships

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The Grand Valley State track & field teams concluded day one of the GLIAC Championships as they hosted them at the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday. The Laker men finished day-one ahead of the group with 38 points, while the women currently sit first with 85 points.

GVSU women entered Saturday's meet as the top-ranked team in the country and were led by five first place finishes on Saturday and a number of qualifiers for Sunday's finals. Bobbie Goodwin placed first after she put up a personal-best and an NCAA qualifying mark of 19.71m in the weight throw, while Angelica Floyd won the long jump after she jumped 5.51m. The Lakers swept the pole vault event with Elli Kimes (1st; 3.92m) Lucy Buckholz (2nd; 3.72m) and Sara Overbeek (3rd; 3.57), with their marks also being provisional clearing. Hanna Groeber finished first in the 5,000m race with a time of 17:04.06, and the Distance Medley Relay team also claimed another first place victory for the Lakers, after Rachael Walters, Jessica Eby, Carly Burnup and Rachel Bendewald ran a time of 11:42.14

On the men's side, the Lakers entered the championships as the #4-ranked team in the nation and saw two first place finishes on Saturday. Zach Panning cruised to a first place finish in the 5,000m race with a new GLAIC record with a time of 14:17.74, while the men's DMR team composed of Joe Renner, Jaylin Golson, Dennis Mbuta, Wuoi Mach also finished first and broke a GLIAC record with a time of 9:47.07.

The Laker men also had podium finishes from Enael Woldemichael (2nd; 5,000m) and Isaiah Thomas (3rd; Long Jump), respectively. On the women side, Jessica Gockley (3rd; 5,000m), Lucy Buckholz (2nd; Pole Vault) and Sara Overbeek (3rd; Pole Vault), all earned podium finishes

Advancing on the men's for day-two of the GLIAC Championships include Gary Hickman and Tyler Kirkwood in the 60m hurdles, while Andrew McFarland (400m), Thomas Capers (400m). In the 60m dash Emmanuel Arop, Kenny Jones, Jeremiah Davis all hit qualifying marks to advance to tomorrow's finals. The women will see Tiara Wiggins, Breanna Luba and Victoria Patton tomorrow in the 60m hurdles finals. Chant'e Roberts, Heather Johnson and Eby also advanced in the 400m race. Angela Ritter, Nicole Sreenan and Willow Stuedemann advanced in the 60m dash and 200m dashes.

The GLIAC Championships will resume tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. with the Men's Heptathlon, followed by field events at 10:30 a.m. and running events at 12:15 p.m. at the Kelly Family Sports Center.