ALLENDALE, Mich. — Top-ranked Grand Valley State had a strong showing on Friday at the Bob Eubanks Open inside the Kelly Family Sports Center, hitting nine qualifying marks, including a highlight pole vault performance.
The biggest mark of the day was hit by junior Kristen Hixson in the pole vault, as she cleared a height of 4.09 meters to win the event, the highest height cleared in women’s NCAA Division II so far this year. It was an automatic qualifying mark and keeps Hixson unbeaten in competitions that she has registered a height dating back to the 2012 GLIAC Indoor Championships nearly a calendar year ago, when she finished second. The 4.09 meter height is the third-best mark she has cleared in her collegiate career, trailing only the 4.16 meter mark she cleared at the GVSU 2nd to Last Chance Meet during last outdoor season and the 4.15 meter height she cleared to win the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship.
Senior Sam Lockhart had a top outing, finishing first in both the shot put and weight throw competitions against ranked Division I opponents such as Michigan and Michigan State. Lockhart hit an automatic qualifying mark in the weight throw with a toss of 20.43 meters and won the shot put with a provisional qualifying throw of 14.09 meters.
Two other Lakers hit provisional qualifying marks in the weight throw, as junior Alyssa Zokoe finished third with a toss of 18.16 meters and redshirt freshman Laura Schroeder was seventh with a throw of 16.40 meters.
A pair of GVSU student-athletes notched provisional qualifying marks in the 60 meter dash, with junior Brittney Jackson winning the event in a time of 7.67 seconds and sophomore Michaela Lewis finishing fifth with a time of 7.75 seconds. Lewis also recorded solid finishes in the 200 meter dash (25.89) with a seventh-place finish and a runner-up mark in the long jump (5.51m).
The final individual provisional qualifying mark went to junior Kalena Franklin, who finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.58 seconds. Franklin also had a third-place showing in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.40 seconds.
One of the more impressive performances of the day came from GVSU soccer All-American Kayla Addison, who was competing in the first track meet of her Laker career. She finished eighth in the 60 meter dash (7.86) and sixth in the 200 meter dash (25.83).
The 4×400 meter relay team of freshman Brittany Terry, sophomore Brittney Banister, junior Andrea Kober and Franklin hit a provisional mark of 3:49.57 during their third-place finish in the event.
A Kelly Family Sports Center record fell on Friday. Notre Dame’s Michelle Brown set a record by nearly two seconds in the 300 meter dash, crossing the line in a time of 38.76 seconds. The top three finishers in the event all broke the previous facility record.