GVSU has success at IU Relays
Top-ranked Lakers keep up with Division I competition
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Grand Valley State had 10 student-athletes finish within the top 10 at day two of the Indiana University Relays on Saturday, including 11 national qualifying marks.
The Lakers were one of only a handful of Division II schools competing against mostly Division I institutions on both days of the meet.
Autumn Lantz had a 12th-place finish in the 200-meter dash, finishing in a time of 26.36 seconds.
In the 800-meter invitational event, Chanelle Caldwell and Lisa Galasso each hit provisional qualifying marks as Caldwell finished in fifth (2:13.18) while Galasso came in 11th (2:15.45). In the non-invite 800-meter event, Jessica Janecke just barely missed out on a qualifying mark, finishing in eighth place with a time of 2:16.30.
Kalena Franklin ran two heats of the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday after qualifying for the semifinals on Friday. In the semifinals, Franklin finished eighth with a time of 8.74 seconds to earn the last spot in the finals of the event. In the finals, she came in sixth place with a time of 8.75 seconds. Both performances were provisional qualifying marks.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Caldwell, Leiah Hess, Franklin and Aileen Lemanski finished 12th with a time of 3:53.80, a provisional mark. In the 4x800 race, the Lakers were the top Division II team in the results, coming in third place with a time of 9:14.14 from Janecke, Madie Rodts, Karie McDonald and Ashley Botham.
The Lakers had a bevy of high finishes in the field events. Alisha Weaver was the highest Division II athlete in the high jump, clearing a provisional qualifying height of 1.67 meters.
In the pole vault, both Jocelyn Kuksa (eighth) and Kristen Hixson (ninth) cleared a height of 3.80 meters, both provisional qualifying marks. Kuksa was the highest Division II finisher.
In the weight throw invitational event, Sam Lockhart came home 10th with a toss of 18.42 meters while Liz Murphy finished 13th with a distance of 18.26 meters, both provisional marks.
The shot put invitational event was where the Lakers got a pair of automatic qualifying marks as Lauren Buresh was the highest Division II athlete with a seventh place finish on a toss of 15.33 meters while Lockhart came in ninth after a 15.14 meter throw.