Grand Canyon's No. 2 men and No. 3 women set national times at invitational
POMONA-PITZER, Calif. -- Grand Canyon's No. 2 men’s and No. 3 women’s teams wrapped up action on Saturday at the 2013 Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. The Antelopes posted yet another NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championship automatic mark in the women's 4x100-meter relay, as well as a number of provisional marks.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Brianne Kee, Samantha Bogatz, Petra Fanty and Shavine Hodges added another automatic mark to their collection with a time of 45.33 seconds to win the event, the sixth-fastest time in the event. GCU already owns the fourth-fastest time in the country (45.29 seconds).
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of AAron Hill, Fred Taylor, Lance Parker and Dario Horvat won the event with a provisional time of 40.29 seconds, the fourth-best time in the country.
Stephan Bullard won the men’s 800-meter run with a provisional time of 1:50.15, just .11 seconds off the automatic mark and the fifth-fastest in the nation. The field consisted of 145 athletes.
Fanty picked up a provisional time in the women’s 100-meter dash with 11.87 seconds to finish fourth of 99 athletes.
Kee added a provisional mark in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 24.62 seconds to finish eighth out of 113 runners.
Taylor picked up a provisional mark in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 21.16 seconds, finishing in a tie for second out of 117 runners, while his time tied for the sixth-best in the country.
Hodges posted a provisional mark in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 55.35 seconds, finishing seventh out of 68 athletes.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles event, Maria Kropf posted a provisional time of 14.35 seconds to finish in seventh place of the 62 hurdlers.
Tyler Sipes finished second in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a provisional time of 14.19 seconds, just .09 off the automatic mark. Sipes already owns an automatic mark in the event at 14.07 seconds, the third-best in the country.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Lilian Martinez, Moya McKenzie, Hodges and Christine Miles posted an event-winning provisional time of 3:45.38. This relay owns the third-fastest time in the nation (3:42.12).
The men’s 4x400-meter relay squad of Ramon Cooper, Oliver Smith, Josh Ralston and Bullard finished second with a provisional time of 3:13.44.
GCU had two pole vaulters collect provisional marks in the event, led by Lauren Graham with 3.85 meters (12 feet, 7.5 inches) to finish tied for third. Amy Hop's mark of 3.70 meters (12 feet, 1.5 inches) tied for the seventh-best. Hop owns the fifth-best pole vault in the country with an automatic mark of 3.95 meters, while Graham's pole vault stands as the sixth-best in the nation.
Ramon Cooper won the men’s long jump competition with a provisional leap of 7.20 meters (23 feet, 7.5 inches). Kevin Lashley placed second in the men’s triple jump with a provisional mark of 14.89 meters (48 feet, 10.25 inches).
Amber Yingling finished second in the women’s long jump with a provisional leap of 5.87 meters (19 feet, 3.25 inches). Jessica Yates also posted a second-place finish in the women’s triple jump with a provisional mark of 12.16 meters (39 feet, 10.75 inches).