GVSU Men Finish 6th, While the Women Finish 8th at NCAA Championships

GVSU Men Finish 6th, While the Women Finish 8th at NCAA Championships

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The Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field teams finished the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday evening with the men finishing tied for sixth with 26 points and the women finishing eighth with 25 points. In addition, the women's 4x400m relay team was crowned a National Champion as Chant'e Roberts, Angela Ritter, Jessica Eby and Rachael Walters hit the finish line first and set a school-record with a time of 3:40.34.

On the second day of competition, GVSU saw six podium finishes as both teams had three podium finishes apiece. On the men's side, Jacob Battani placed fourth in the pole vault with a clearing of 5.15 meters, while Wuoi Mach tabbed a seventh-place finish in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:10.71. The men's 4x400m relay team composed of Andrew McFarland, Thomas Capers, Tyler Pavliga and Jaylin Golson, set a new indoor school-record with a time of 3:12.10, en route to a fifth-place finish.

In the women's events, Chant'e Roberts and Rachael Walters each reached the podium twice during the meet, as they both placed in their individual events and were part of the 4x400m relay team that was crowned National Champions. Roberts placed fifth in the 400m dash with a time of 55.08, while Walters finished as the National Runner-Up in the 800m run with a time of 2:08.13, only behind Danieele McCormich, who ran a time of 2:07.79.

The highlight of the day and the meet for the Lakers was the women's 4x400m relay team, as they became third women's relay team to win a National Title and the first women's 4x400m relay team to capture a title. Roberts, Ritter, Eby and Walters were crowned National Champions after they ran a GVSU women's indoor record time of 3:40.34 en route to a first-place finish.

The Lakers will now head to their outdoor season, as they will be on the road for the next month before they host the Al Owens Classic on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.