Grand Canyon opens season by placing second at Lumberjack Team Challenge
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Grand Canyon finished second at the Lumberjack Team Challenge hosted by Northern Arizona at the Walkup Skydome on Saturday in a meet that included several Division I schools, including nationally ranked teams from Arizona State, Arizona and NAU.
The Antelopes finished with 117 points, behind only Arizona State (129.5). Brianne Kee was a three-time provisional qualifer, doing so in the long jump, triple jump and 200-meters.
Shavine Hodges collected the second-fastest time (7.48 seconds) in Division II in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash. Samantha Bogatz's time of 7.72 seconds in the 60-meter finals was a provisional mark and gave her a sixth-place finish. Bogatz also posted a provisional time in the 200-meter dash with 25.13 seconds en route to finishing sixth.
Others who reached provisional marks in their respective events were:
Callie Davis finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.83 seconds. Kee took eighth place in the 200-meter event with a time of 25.34 seconds. Kee also finished third in the long jump with a leap of 5.74 meters (18 feet, 10 inches), the sixth-best mark in the nation. Petra Fanty and Moya McKenzie finished second and third in the women’s 400-meter dash with times of 55.10 and 55.68 seconds, respectively. Fanty’s time is the third-best in the country, while McKenzie’s is the fifth-fastest.
GCU’s 4x400-meter relay team of Jennifer Dowty, Fanty, Hodges and McKenzie finished second with the sixth-fastest relay in the country at 3:51.05.
Amber Yingling was two spots behind Kee in the long jump with a fifth-place finish at 5.58 meters (18 feet, 3.75 inches). Lesilia Foster posted a leap of 5.51 meters (18 feet, 1 inch) en route to placing seventh in the event. The ‘Lopes swept the top four spots in the triple jump, with Yingling leading the way with a mark of 11.89 meters (39 feet, 0.25 meters), the fifth-best nationally. Jessica Yates also a recorded provisional mark with a leap of 11.86 meters (38 feet, 11 inches), the sixth-longest in Division II. Kee posted her third provisional mark of the meet with a 11.74 mark (38 feet, 6.25 inches).
Vanessa Levy took fifth place in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 16.61 meters (54 feet, 6 inches). Lauren Graham tied for second in the pole vault with a mark of 3.77 meters (12 feet, 4.5 inches), the fifth-best in the country. Amy Hop finished tied for fourth with 3.67 meters (12 feet, 0.5 inches), the sixth-best mark nationally.
Additional top-five finishers included Julia Wild in third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.67 and Pauline Muiruri and Kelsi Beam, who finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run. Jordyn Woodke took fourth in the triple jump with 10.57 meters (34 feet, 8.25 inches).