TURLOCK, Calif. – Grand Valley State vaulted into the lead at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday at Al Brenda Track on the campus of Cal State Stanislaus. Freshman Kristen Hixon finished second in the pole vault and Jocelyn Kuksa fourth midway through the day, and then Lauren Buresh snared the shot put title, giving the Lakers a 47.5-24 advantage over Central Missouri through eight of 21 competitions.

Lindsay Lettow won the heptathlon to key Central Missouri’s day. Western State is currently in third place with 22 points thanks in large part to the second and third place finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by Hillory Davis and Sarah Lyle, respectively.

UC San Diego’s Stephanie LeFever finished second in the heptathlon a day after finishing second in the long jump, almost single-handedly putting the Tritons into fourth place with 21 points. Adams State is in fifth with 18 points thanks in large part to the steeplechase champion Cassie Mitchell.

Antoinette Oglesby’s 10-point contribution from her triple-jump title has Fort Valley State in sixth place with 15 points. Nebraska Omaha (12 points), Western Washington (11.5), and Minnesota State and New Mexico Highlands (10 apiece) wrap up the top 10 with 13 events remaining Saturday. Lauren Stelten scored all 10 of Minnesota State’s points by winning the pole vault, a feat she accomplished during the indoor season as well.

Angelo State (Tex.) is the defending NCAA Women’s Division II Outdoor Track & Field Champion. The Rams bested runner-up Lincoln (Mo.) 87-73 one season after Lincoln claimed its sixth title in seven seasons, nipping Angelo State 85-82 on its home track. But Angelo State is still searching for its first points of this championship. Lincoln is currently tied for 11th with eight points.