WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Grand Valley State is off to great start at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship after Friday's first day. The squad leads with 25 points after five scored events on day one at the JDL Fast Track.
They got their first points on the board in the pole vault, where Jennifer Schornak made herself an All-American with a seventh-place performance after a vault of 3.70 meters (12'1.5") to earn two points.In the weight throw, senior Alyssa Zokoe picked up an All-American honor with a sixth-place finish, recording a toss of 18.54 meters (60'10"). She was outdone by teammate Laura Schroeder, as she unleashed a throw of 18.85 meters (61'10.25") to finish third and earn six big points.
The top performance of Day 1 came in the 5,000-meter run, where senior Courtney Brewis finished second with a time of 17:06.16 to pick up eight team points. She was followed closely by teammate Jessica Janecke in fourth with a time of 17:09.22 as they both earned All-American honors. Allyson Winchester also competed as well, finishing 14th with a time of 17:39.27.
The final scored event of the day was the distance medley relay, where the Laker team of Katie Shaheen, Andrea Kober, Natalie Nelson and Kendra Foley finished eighth with a time of 11:53.05 to earn All-American status.
In preliminary action, Kalena Franklin advanced in two events. She finished third in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.32 seconds to advance to Saturday's final, then qualified in sixth in the 200 dash with a time of 24.50 seconds to advance. In addition to the 4x400 meter relay, Franklin will have a busy final day of competition.
The Laker's 25 points lead Adams State (20), Lincoln (Mo.) (14), Ashland (11) and three teams tied with 10 points to round out the top five.