Track and field athletes receive GLIAC recognition

SVSU track and field competed in the GLIAC championships this weekend at Grand Valley State University.

Assistant coach Evelyn Kammeyer said the team was looking forward to the energy that comes from conference championships.

“It’s a great environment and being in a solid conference puts us in position to have a really special opportunity to compete together against some top-notch rivals,” Kammeyer said.

Kammeyer said the level of experience the team has also helps in competition.

“A lot of our student-athletes have been here before and know what to expect in the championship environment, so knowing that we are headed into this with level heads is definitely a great feeling for us as a staff,” she said.

On Saturday both the men and woman soared into success.

As of Saturday evening, the men were in fourth place with 16 points and the women in second with 49 points.

Junior Cheyenne Williamson placed first with the pentathlon, scoring 3768 points.

Additionally, she won the long jump GLIAC title with a leap of 5.89 meters.

Junior Taylor Lucas also did well in the long jump competition. She placed third marking 5.32 meters.

The distance relay team, sophomore Jenna Picard, senior Alona Olshevska, senior Lauren Buckner, and sophomore Alexa Keiser placed second at 11:48.72.

In the weight throw, senior Ali Aldrich placed third, tossing 17.62 meters.

Another third-place award was given to the Cardinals for the 5000-meter run by senior Arianna Wegienka.

The men’s distance medley relay finished third with 10:00.51.

The team consisted of senior Brendan Nesbitt, freshman Dominic Suliman, sophomore Ryan Mixon and freshman Corey Bowers.

Thomas Hufton placed fourth in the 5000-meter run with a 14:34.10 time.

For the pole vault Deven Varela placed fifth marking 4.30 meters.

The team put forth their best effort and proved to be a balanced team. They made a successful mark at the tournament just as Kammeyer hoped they would.

“We hope to put forth a balanced team on the women’s side, with point contributions coming from all event groups,” Kammeyer said.

She noted the men’s side did just as well, scoring more points in the bigger categories, evening out the tournament.

“On the men’s side, we have the ability to score big in some events as well and would like to see points coming from all event groups.”

This game marks the end of the regular season for the Cardinals.

The next tournament will be the Indoor National Championships, which is set to take place in Pittsburg, Kan. on March 11 and 12.

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