GVSU Quick Hits

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GVSU Quick Hits

By Lanthorn Sports ([email protected])

Laker women ranked No. 1 in Track & Field, Men ranked No. 5

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its 2019 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field week one index poll, with Grand Valley State’s men’s and women’s track & field programs both placing in the top five.

The women’s team was tabbed at No.1 with 259.39 collective points, while the men’s squad sits at No. 5 in the poll with 95.09 points.

As of Sunday, Jan. 27, the Laker women have combined for 14 top-10 marks on the women’s side, with Rachael Walters and Hanna Groeber ranking second in the 800m and 5,000m, respectively. The men posting 12 top-25 marks this season, including Dennis Mbuta and John Groendyk ranking in the top 10 in the 800m.

Both squads continue their indoor season this weekend, as they both travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame and Hillsdale.

GVSU’s DIII Hockey team falls to Hope 7-1 in annual Hockey Fights Cancer game

The Grand Valley State men’s DIII hockey team lost this past Saturday 7-1 at the hands of the Hope Dutchmen on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The lone goal for the Lakers scored Mitch Lawton 15 minutes and 39 seconds into the third period, as he was assisted by Jonathon Baillargeon and Bailey Wieber.

As of Sunday, Jan. 27, the team came up just a few hundred dollars short of their $5,000 goal, all of which will be donated to the Van Andel Institute Purple Community.

The team donned special purple jerseys for the game, while also celebrating the seniors on the squad. Over the four years that the DIII team has been doing this fundraiser, they have raised over $15,000 for cancer research.

Melina Goebel named GLIAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

Grand Valley State junior Melina Goebel has been named GLIAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week, as it was announced by the league office in Sault Ste., Marie, Mich. earlier this week.

Goebel played a key role in the No. 11 Lakers’ convincing 200-105 victory over No.4 Indianapolis, as she touched the wall first in the 1,000 free, the 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle.

Goebel, originally from Offenbach, Germany, has hit the NCAA B cut in the 200 free (1:51.89), 500 free (5:00.31), 1000 free (10:22.02) and 1650 free (17:04.28)

Goebel and GVSU’s other swimmers will next be in action Feb. 20-23 at the GLIAC Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.



Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., at Wayne State

Saturday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m., at Ashland


Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m., at Wayne State

Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m., at Ashland


Friday, Feb. 1, 9 p.m., at Michigan

Saturday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., vs Michigan


Friday, Feb. 1, 1:30 p.m., vs Davenport

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., vs Michigan State