ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Grand Valley State women ran away with the team title at the 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Lakers dominated the two-day event, scoring 83 points, easily outdistancing second place Lincoln (Mo.) and its 51 points. Meet host Adams State College finished third with 37 points, while New Haven concluded the vent with 32, Nebraska-Omaha had 29 and Central Missouri had 28.50.
Grand Valley dominated the mile run, as no less than three Lakers finished in the top six in the final. The Lakers’ Monica Kinney led from start to finish, dominating the race with a winning time of 4:44.41. Meanwhile, Mesa State’s Alexis Skarda was second at 4:55.61 and Western State’s Sarah Lyle was third at 4:57.98. Eileen Creutz of Grand Valley State was fourth (4:59.38) and teammate Rebecca Winchester (5:01.74) was sixth.
New Haven senior Shannon Gagne circled the track in 54.03 to win the 400-meter sprint, besting St. Augustine’s Kelly Shaw, who ran 55.06. Virginia State’s Samantha Edwards ran 55.30 for third and Lincoln’s Michelle Cumberbatch was fourth with a time of 55.32.
Gagne also won the long jump and 200-meter dash, besting Judith Riley’s time of 23.69 by .05 seconds. The senior turned in an impressive time of 23.64 in the second heat of the finals and won the long jump with a leap of 5.95 meters (19-6 1/4) on Friday. Lincoln’s Nyoka Cole was third in 23.98 and Grand Canyon’s Shavine Hodges was fourth with a time of 24.04.
Central Missouri’s Lindsay Lettow became the first women Division II athlete to accumulate more than 4,000 points in the indoor pentathlon, totaling 4,064 points. The junior won the long jump portion of the event, leaping 5.79 meters (19 feet). Angelo State’s Chrystal Ruiz set a school record 3,981 points in placing second. Ashland’s Abby Kacsandi (3,782) was third and New Mexico Highlands’s Angella Graham (3,641) came in fourth.
Western State’s Barbara Szabo was the only jumper to clear 1.77 meters (5-foot-9 ¾ inches) and subsequently was tabbed as the national indoor champion. The freshman made the leap on her final attempt at the winning height. East Stroudsburg’s Lynn Mayer, Pittsburg State’s Gretchen Clark, Central Missouri’s Jenna Schmidt and Nebraska-Omaha’s Kathie-Lee Laidley all cleared 1.74 meters.
Omaha’s Nkeiruka Domike only had one legal triple jump, but it turned out to be the only one necessary to win the triple jump competition. Domike, who had fouled on five of her six attempts, leaped 13.40 meters (43-11 ¾) on her second attempt.
Domike set the meet record in the process. Abilene Christian’s Amanda Ouedraogo was second with a leap of 12.75 meters, while New Mexico Highland’s Angella Graham (12.55) was third and U-Mary’s Samantha Williams (12.360 was fourth.
Adams State College’s Indira Spence was upset in the 60-meter dash, as Lincoln (Mo.) freshman Judith Riley ran 7.34 to best her. Spence ran an impressive 7.36, which is a personal record. Grand Canyon’s Shavine Hodges was third at 7.37 and Shanna Kay Wright of Lincoln was fourth in a time of 7.52. There were six freshmen in the race, as well as one junior and a senior.
Spence, the defending champion in the 60-meter hurdles as well, righted the ship, so to speak, winning hurdle event in 8.07 and just .02 seconds from her meet record. Placing second was Raven Clay of Findley in 8.28, while Shemaine Williams (8.28) of Johnson C. Smith and Kaymarie Jones (8.47) of Adams State was fourth.
Andria Nussey of Angelo State claimed the 800-meter race with a clocking of 2:10.42, while Grand Valley’s Chanelle Caldwell was second at 2:11.30. Concord’s Shawnee Carnett (2:11.97) was third and Bentley’s Amy Varsell (2:12.26) was fourth.
Grand Valley went one-two in the shot put competition, as Lauren Buresh won the competition on her last toss – a 16.11 meters (52-10 ¼) effort to best teammate Sam Lockhart (15.71). Winona State’s Rebecca Stier (15.55) was third and Missouri Southern’s Nicole Green (15.18) was fourth.
The Lakers’ Monica Kinney out-sprinted Shippensburg’s Neely Spence to claim the 5,000-meter run and the title. Kinney finished in 16:28.02, while Spence came in at 16:28.33. Western Washington’s Sarah Porter (16:44.04) was third and Adams State’s Kristen McGlynn (16:45.89) was fourth.
The final event of the day for the women was claimed by Lincoln, which won the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:41.01. San Francisco State was second in 3:47.03, while Johnson C. Smith was third in a time of 3:47.35 and Southern Connecticut State claimed fourth place with a clocking of 3:47.80.