Grand Valley State Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 1 Grand Valley State women's track and field team competed in day one of the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind. on Friday evening (Jan. 28). GVSU's Liz Murphy set a new NCAA Division II record in the weight throw, which is also the fifth farthest throw in Division I history.

Murphy's toss of 67'5" earned herself a first place, which beat her previous school record of 62'11.5". Teammates Sam Lockhart finished fifth, improving on her previous provisional mark (58'10.25") and Jamie Smith placed eighth (56'3.75").

In the pole vault, Kristen Hixson claimed the top-spot with a vault of 11'9.75" and Amy Reynolds placed tied for fifth (10'10"). Alisha Weaver placed first in the high jump with a provisional mark of 5'6", followed by Jennifer Fuller in second (5'4.25") and Aubree Suor tied for third (5'4.25").

GVSU had three Lakers place in the top-eight in the mile run, all hitting the NCAA provisional mark for the first time this season. Eileen Creutz was the top-Laker to finish in the mile run claiming a fourth place finish with a time of 4:57.34, followed by Rebecca Winchester in sixth (4:57.94) and Ashley Botham in eighth (4:59.08).

In the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries, Amber Triner earned a spot in the finals with a 16th place finish and a time of 9.27-seconds, while Kalena Franklin crossed the finish line with a time of 9.31-seconds and Jade Hull finished with a time of 9.58-seconds. Autumn Lantz cleared the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.87-seconds, finishing in 14th place to advance to the finals. Lantz also ran in the 200-meter dash and finished 12th with a time of 25.92-seconds.

In the 3,000-meter run invitational, Julia Nowak crossed the finish line eighth with a time of 9:51.59. The distance medley relay of Katherine McCarthy, Kayla Vallar, Chanelle Caldwell and Monica Kinney, earned a first place finish with a time of 11:29.93, which was just .04 seconds off from setting a new school record.