GVSU Concludes Al Owens Classic

GVSU Concludes Al Owens Classic

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The Grand Valley State men's and women's track & field team wrapped up its first outdoor meet of the 2018 track & field season, as they hosted the Al Owens Classic this past Friday (April 20) and Saturday (April 21). As a team the Lakers collected 13 (nine women, four men) NCAA qualifying marks during the two-day event, and saw the men's 4x100m relay team set a new school record of 40.97 seconds.

In the women's track events, the 4x100m relay team composed of Nicole Sreenan, Angela Ritter, Jessica Eby and Willow Stuedemann finished first in the event with a provisional time of 46.01. Heather Johnson and Eby placed first and season in the 400m hurdles after Johnson ran a time of 59.66, while Eby finished with a time of 1:00.46. Tiara Wiggins finished with the second best time in the 100m hurdles with a provisional time of 13.98 seconds. Abby Crouch held the third fastest time in the 1,500m run as she crossed the finish line at 4:33.37, while both Ritter and Sreenan finished first and second in the 400m dash with NCAA qualifying marks of 54.91 and 55.47 seconds. In the women's pole vault, Lucy Buckholz and Elli Kimes tied for second with provisional marks of 3.76m apiece.

On the men's side, the Lakers hit four NCAA qualifying marks on th day, as Thomas Capers placed first in the 400m dash after he finished with a time of 47.75 seconds, while Tyler Kirkwood ran a 14.56 in the 110m hurdles en route to a second place finish. The men's 4x100m relay team made of Emmanuel Arop, Thomas Capers, Ethan Noble and Jeremiah Davis set a new school record with a time of 40.97, as they finished the meet with the best time. Jacob Battani also recorded a provisional mark of 5.11m in the pole vault for a first place finish.

In addition to their home meet, the Lakers also sent several athletes to compete in California during the weekend. Zach Panning had another record breaking performance this weekend, as he became the second Laker all-time to break the 14 minute mark in the 5,000m race, setting the GVSU record at 13:52.66. Enael Woldemichael was close behind Panning, as he became the third GVSU athlete all-time to fall under the 14 minute mark, in the same event and heat with a time of 13:54.16. Both times are NCAA automatic times. Wuoi Mach and Chris May also hit provisional marks in the 5,000m race with times of 14:11.68 and 14:20.13. Dennis Mbuta added another provisional time, as he crossed the finish line at 1:49.85 in the 800m run during the Bryan Clay Invitational. Justin Scavarda record two provisional marks in the discus (52.30) and the shot put (16.61) during the Beach Pacific Coast Intercollegiate meet.

For the Laker women, Bobbie Goodwin hit a provisional mark of 52.38m in the hammer throw, as Rachael Walters ran a qualifying time of 4:29.44 in the 1,500m race and hit an automatic time in the 800m run with a time of 2:06.56. Allie Ludge was the second Laker in California to hit a qualifying mark in the 1,500m with a time of 4:27.54, while Stacey Metzger crossed the finish line at 16:55.97 in the 5,000m run.

The Grand Valley State track & field teams next meets will be the Gina Relays at Hillsdale College and the Calvin Tune-Up, next weekend.