The Cardinal track and field teams continued their national dominance over the weekend as SVSU hosted its biggest meet of the year – the Jets Pizza Invitational.
In a meet that consisted of over 15 schools, the Cardinals took the top spot in nine events, while earning top three finishes in 18 events.
On the women’s side, sophomore Cheyenne Williamson continued her season’s success with a win in both the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump, setting provisional qualifying marks in both events.
The team’s success was continued by sophomore Alona Olshevska, as she took home a win in the women’s 200-meter dash, running a time of 24.99 seconds. She also placed third in the women’s 60-meter dash.
The women’s team showed strength in field events as well, with senior Lauren Huebner winning the long jump. Ali Aldrich and Timyah Meeks took the top spots in the weight throw while also provisionally qualifying for the national meet.
The women’s success at the meet was capped off by the distance athletes, as senior Morgan Fuerst placed second in the 800-meter competition, and junior Jenna Keiser won the 3,000-meter race.
SVSU wasn’t able to escape the weekend completely healthy, team captain Sam Warren said.
“There were some injuries and hurt bodies this weekend,” she said. “Regardless, we came out with some great performances.”
The Cardinals’ success was not limited to the women’s team, as junior Brendan Nesbitt finished second in the mile with a time of 4:16.
The Cardinals also saw stellar performances on the men’s side from senior Sam Black, who led the 4×400 squad to a second-place finish while also winning the high jump competition.
The highlight of the men’s performances came in the form of a 1-2-3 finish by a group of distance runners. Sophomores Ryan Talbott, CarLee Stimpfel and Dayton Brown made quick work of the field in the 3,000-meter race. Both Talbott and Stimpfel would go on to provisionally qualify in the event, running times of 8:18 and 8:21, respectively.
Brown finished outside of the provisional standard of 8:22, running a time of 8:25, 10 seconds ahead of teammate Nate Frasier, who finished 6th.
“It was a good rust buster to get the wheels turning in time for the GVSU ‘Big Meet,’” Stimpfel said. “It was extremely excited to go 1-2-3 and provo as well.”
Both teams will take nearly two weeks off from competing as they prepare for the GVSU “Big Meet” on Feb. 14 and 15.