Grand Valley State reigns supreme
Lincoln gets eighth top-two finishes in past nine seasons
TURLOCK, Calif. – Grand Valley State won its first NCAA Women’s Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in dominating fashion at Al Brenda Track on the campus of California State University, Stanislaus on Saturday. The Lakers logged 10 All-Americans Saturday in windy and rainy conditions, outdistancing runner-up Lincoln (Mo.) 82.5-68.
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In doing so, Grand Valley State completed a cycle of sorts, having also won the NCAA Cross Country Championships and Women’s Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2010-11.
“One thing we pride ourselves in is having a well-rounded program,” said Grand Valley State head coach Jerry Baltes. “We came out and battled today. The conditions weren't great, a couple of our top girls didn't do as well as we expected, but we had some [other] girls step up.”
Adams State finished third with 51 points, Johnson C. Smith was fourth with 36, and UC San Diego came in fifth with 35. Central Missouri and Western Washington (29.5 points each), Western State (28), New Haven (24) and Augustana of South Dakota (23) rounded out the top 10.
The Lakers scored 15 points in the 1,500-meter run thanks to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th-place finishes of Monica Kinney, Katherine McCarthy, and Eileen Creutz, respectively.
Lincoln, which has now finished among the top two in eight of the last nine seasons, got wins from Judith Riley in the 100 meters, Yanique Haye in the 400-meter hurdles and also claimed the 4x100-meter relay.
Shannon Gagne of New Haven was the 200- and 400-meter National Champion. Concord’s Shawnee Carnett won the 800 meters. Runa Falch of Augustana won the 1,500-meter national title. Neely Spencer of Shippensburg was the 5,000-meter champ. Johnson C. Smith’s Shermaine Williams won the 100-meter hurdles. And the Cal State Dominguez Hills 4x400-relay team of Breionna Jackson, Dora Baldwin, Chanel Parker and Nancy Blake gave that school its first ever track national title.