Albuquerque, N.M. — The No. 1-ranked Grand Valley State women’s track and field team scored 29 points after three events scored in day one of competition at the 2011 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday. The Lakers are sitting in first place with an 18 point lead heading into the final day of action. GVSU’s Liz Murphy claimed a third place finish in the weight throw, while junior Jocelyn Kuksa also placed third in the pole vault. The Lakers will resume competition on Saturday in the final day of action at 3:45 p.m. ET in Albuquerque, N.M.
Grand Valley State recorded 12 points in the weight throw, as Murphy earned a third place finish with a toss of 63’1.25″. Sophomore Sam Lockhart followed in fourth with a throw of 63’0″, while sophomore Jamie Smith placed eighth (59’9.75″). Murphy, Lockhart and Smith all claimed All-American honors as they all recorded points for GVSU.
In the pole vault, GVSU earned 11 points and were lead by Kuksa’s third place finish and followed by freshman Kristen Hixson in fourth. Kuksa and Hixson recorded a vault of 12’10.75″ to earn All-American honors.
The distance medley relay of Julia Nowak, Kayla Vallar, Madie Rodts and Monica Kinney earned GVSU the other six points with a third place finish and a time of 11:47.40.
In the preliminary events, senior Chanelle Caldwell will compete in the finals tomorrow as she placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.31. The Lakers will have three runners compete in the mile finals on Saturday as Kinney placed second with a time of 4:58.29, Eileen Creutz seventh (5:04.85) and Rebecca Winchester ninth (5:05.40). Katherine McCarthy and Ashley Botham also competed in the mile finishing 11th (5:06.88) and 13th (5:15.22) respectively.