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DII: Second-ranked Grand Valley State ends Big Meet on provisional mark high

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Grand Valley State finished up competition at the GVSU Big Meet on Saturday, hitting nine provisional marks on the day. It was the final day of competition at a meet that saw 1,663 athletes compete 2,270 times during the two-day meet.

The Big Meet was the sixth of seven home indoor meets for the Lakers.

Out of the nine provisional marks that the Lakers hit on the day, sophomore Michaila Lawcock was the lone event winner, taking the women's pole vault competition with a vault of 3.70 meters (12'1.5").

Two provisional marks came in the weight throw competitions, with sophomore Laura Schroeder hitting a mark of 17.78 meters (58'4") and freshman Becca Leppelmeier earning a provisional mark with a toss of 16.08 meters (52'9.25").

No. 1 Lincoln (Mo.), No. 8 Tiffin at Hoosier Hills Invitational

BLOOMINGTON & WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Lincoln (Mo.) continued to live up to its No. 1 national ranking, setting eight of the top times in NCAA Division II while splitting time between two meets this weekend. The Blue Tigers were at Indiana for the Hoosier Hills meet on Friday before competing in Purdue'a Fred Wilt Invitational on Saturday.

The highlight of the weekend came at the Fred Wilt Invite, where Lincoln took second in the 4x400m relay. The foursome of Kimberly Bailey, Donna-Lee Hylton, Tamara Keane and Lovan Palmer finished in 3:44.57, an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Division II National Championships. That time, the best in both the MIAA and NCAA Division II, is the only automatic time by a DII school this season. The Blue Tigers had a second unit competing in that race, with the team of Marcia Harrison, Dereka Kelly, Juneille Barker and Willomena Williams claiming fifth in 3:53.17.

Hylton also turned in the MIAA's top time in an individual event, winning the 400 in 55.86. That time, a provisional qualifier, is also the third-fastest in NCAA Division II this year. Four other Blue Tigers turned in strong performances in the 400, led by Keane, who took sixth in 57.54. Palmer rounded out the top-10 with a time of 58.93 while Kelly took 11th (59.11) and Harrison finished 12th (59.28). Kelly and Harrison's times are the 10th and 11th-fastest in the MIAA, respectively.

Yanique Ellington provided Lincoln's other win at the Fred Wilt Invitational, taking the 60m in 7.54. Janae Johnson, who placed sixth in the 60m (7.79), had Lincoln's best finish in the 200m, taking third in 25.27. Keane finished fifth in the 200m (25.42) while Bailey placed sixth (25.46).

Lincoln also did well in the distance events, with reigning MIAA Track Athlete of the Week Twishana Williams taking second in the mile in 4:57.23. That time, a provisional qualifier, stands as the second-fastest in the MIAA and the seventh-fastest in Division II. Twishana Williams also placed fourth in the 3,000m, clocking in at 10:02.94, the second-best time in that event in the MIAA. In the 800m, Monique Thompson took third with a time of 2:13.13, the third-best time in the conference and the eighth-best in Division II. Willomena Williams took 10th in the 800m (2:19.02) while Ebony Rose came in 14th (2:21.70).

The Blue Tigers also posted three of the top-six times in the 60 hurdles, led by Barker, who finished third in 8.49. Barker's time stands as the second-best in the MIAA and the seventh-fastest in NCAA Division II. Ladonna Richards took fifth, finishing in 8.61, while Shakeisha Miller placed sixth. Miller also took sixth in the long jump, finishing with a distance of 5.43m, while Nickeisha Beaumont placed seventh in that event (5.33m).

The highlight of the Hoosier Hills was in the distance medley, where Lincoln earned its first provisional time of the season in that event. The foursome of Thompson, Palmer, Willomena Williams and Twishana Williams won the race in 11:54.10, the best time in the MIAA and the 14th-best in the nation.

Johnson also turned in one of the country's best times in the 200 at the Hoosier Hills, winning the event in 24.55. That time stands as the 10th-fastest in NCAA Division II and the second-quickest in the MIAA.

No. 3 Adams State at Adams State NCAA Qualifier

ALAMOSA, Colo. -- Adams State set more NCAA provisional and automatic marks at the Adams State NCAA Qualifier in preparation for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships.

In the 60-meter dash, four Grizzlies qualified for the finals with NCAA provisional times. In the finals, running unattached for Adams State, Indira Spence finished in first place tying the NCAA Automatic qualifying time of 7.40 seconds. Three more Grizzlies beat the NCAA Provisional time of 7.71 seconds. Kayon Robinson finished in second place with a time of 7.52 seconds. Running unattached for the Grizzlies, Zenobia Sims finished in third at 7.58 seconds. Sunayna Wahi ran a time of 7.61 to also beat the provisional time.

The Grizzlies finished in first and third in the 3000. Melissa Roberts finished in first place with a time of 10:50.40 while Gylany Crossman finished in third place with a time of 11:21.49.

Ackiesha Burnett ran a time of a provisional time of 8.42 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60 hurdles. Burnett won first place running a finals time of 8.61, again beating the provisional time.

In the field events, Katie Kruger broke her own Training Center record in the shot put with a distance of 14.73 meters, beating the provisional distance of 13.30 meters. Heather Scheetz also beat the provisional distance with her throw of 13.64 meters.

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