Quick Hits: Thornton earns GLIAC honors

Lanthorn Staff

Thornton named player of the week

Grand Valley State’s Darien Thornton has been named the GLIAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week for his standout performance at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open held on Jan. 15. Thornton placed first in the weight throw at the event, with a 21.83m throw.

The throw passed NCAA qualifying standards, giving him an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Championships in March.

Thornton is the second Laker to receive player of the week honors this season, as runner Zach Panning also received the honor in October.

Club wrestling starts 2-1 in 2016

Grand Valley State’s wrestling club took part in the Muskegon Community College Quad on Jan. 16. GVSU defeated Indiana Tech 45-9 to start the day, and followed that with a 32-18 win over Alma College.

In their final match of the day, the Lakers lost a competitive match against tournament host Muskegon CC, 22-13.

This coming weekend, the Lakers will travel to Dalton, Georgia for a Nationals Duals meet. The two-day event will feature some of the top wrestling programs from across the country.

GVSU roller hockey gears up for big weekend

Grand Valley State’s Division I and Division III club roller hockey teams will play multiple games this Friday and Saturday at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Michigan.

The Division I squad will face Slippery Rock, Miami (OH) and Michigan State on Saturday. On Sunday, the Lakers will conclude the weekend with games against Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

The Division III team will play Depaul, Akron and Michigan State (White) on Saturday, and finish the weekend against Michigan State (Green) on Sunday.

GVSU soccer announces spring clinic

The three-time defending national champion Grand Valley State soccer team will host a pre-season clinic from March 7-9 for any interested girls high school soccer players.

The clinic will take place at the Kelly Family Sports Center, and will offer participants a chance to play and train in front of the GVSU soccer staff.

Both full-sided games and training will be the focus of the event, which features two sessions each day and costs $100 per player.