GVSU Completes WKU Hilltopper Relays
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The Grand Valley State men's and women's track and field teams competed in the Hilltopper Relays hosted by Western Kentucky University on Friday afternoon, and saw 10 different athletes hit NCAA provisional marks on the day. In the most recent U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association poll, the Laker women sit at No. 7 in the national poll, while the men are 11th in the rankings.
In the women's field events, the Lakers saw three athletes hit provisional marks on the day. Bobbie Goodwin finished first in the discus with a distance of 44.69m and placed third overall in the hammer throw at 52.01m. Elli Kimes (3rd) and Lucy Buckholz (4th) both hit qualifying marks in the pole vault with clearings of 4.02m. In the track events, the women had three different athletes hit NCAA qualifying marks. Tiara Wiggins hit a qualifying mark in the 100m hurdles at 14.01, along with a third place finish, while Jessica Eby and Heather Johnson both hit provisional marks in the 400m hurdles at 1:01.43 and 1:01.77 for the third and fourth place.
On the men's side, the Lakers had four athletes hit provisional marks on the day. In the field events, Justin Scavarda claimed two top marks in the shot put and the discus. Scavarda hit a distance of 17.34m in the shot put and 50.42m in the discus. Jacob Battani finished with the top height in the pole vault, after he cleared with a qualifying mark of 5.10m. In the track events, Tyler Kirkwood hit a provisional mark of 14.55 in the 110m hurdles along with a second place finish, while Tyler Pavliga finished second after he ran a 52.95 in the 400m hurdles.
The Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field teams will be on the road again next week as they will compete in three meets hosted by Oakland University, Bucknell and Pittsburg State.