Quick hits: GVSU track and field athletes earn USTFCCCA honors

Lanthorn Staff

GVSU well represented in USTFCCCA All-Region awards

Forty-six athletes on the Grand Valley State men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams won USTFCCCA Division II All-Region honors after the GLIAC Championships concluded. The women’s team won the most All-Region awards in all of Division II with 26 athletes winning while 20 athletes on the men’s side won.

GVSU’s USTFCCCA All-Region honorees for the women’s team were Dajsha Avery (shot put), Alexis Duncan (long jump), Kendra Foley (mile, 3000, 5000, distance medley relay), Kelly Haubert (5000), Kyra Hull (weight throw), Breanna Luba (60 hurdles), Stacey Metzger (3000, 5000), Kathryn Mills (high Jump), Jessica O’Connell (4×400 Relay, distance medley relay), Gina Patterson (distance medley relay), Angela Ritter (60, 200, 400, 4×400 relay), Chant’e Roberts (400, 4×400 relay), Skylar Schoen (pole vault), Rachael Walters (800, 4×400 relay, distance medley relay), and Tiara Wiggins (60 hurdles).

The All-Region honorees on the men’s team were Emmanuel Arop (60), Jacob Battani (Pole Vault),TJ Burnett (4×400 Relay), Thomas Capers (4×400 relay), Jaylin Golson (4x400m relay, distance medley relay), Gary Hickman (60 hurdles), David Jones (800, distance medley relay), Wuoi Mach (distance medley relay), Chris May (3000, 5000), Samora Nesbitt (triple jump), Nate Orndorf (5000), Zach Panning (3000, 5000, distance medley relay), Chaz Porter (4×400 relay), Isaiah Thomas (long jump), and Hunter Weeks (high jump).

GVSU’s Alexander, Ryskamp named to All-GLIAC Second Team

After finishing with a 16-12 record in the regular season, seniors Trevin Alexander and Luke Ryskamp of the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team were named to the All-GLIAC Second Team. Alexander was also named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team.

Ryskamp leads the Lakers with 13.6 points per game while he ranks 15th among GLIAC players in total points on the season. He also holds an 80.5 free throw percentage which is 15th in the GLIAC, but his 84.3 percent in league play is seventh-best in the conference. This is Ryskamp’s second consecutive season being named to the ALL-GLIAC Second Team.

Alexander leads the team in rebounding and his 228 regular-season rebounds are the second-most in a single season since the 2007-08 season. He leads the team with five double-doubles and has reached double-figures in 15 games. Alexander ranks 12th in the GLIAC with 20 blocked shots and 22nd with 28 steals. This year’s awards marks the first time in Alexander’s career that he was named to an All-GLIAC team.

GVSU athletics travels for spring break trips

The GVSU women’s basketball team will play Saginaw Valley State in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals Saturday, March 4 at 4 p.m. at Ashland. The winner of that game will play in the GLIAC Tournament Finals the following day. It is not yet determined if the Lakers will participate in the NCAA Tournament that starts the following week.

The GVSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11.

The GVSU baseball team will travel down to Orlando to play eight games starting Tuesday, March 7 while the softball team will play 12 games in Clermont, Florida starting Sunday, March 5.

The GVSU men’s and women’s golf team will compete in the Las Vegas Desert Classic in Nipton, California Sunday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6, at Primm Valley Golf Club.

The GVSU men’s and women’s tennis teams will also travel down to Orlando to play in six matches each starting Monday, March 6.

The GVSU women’s lacrosse team will play three games in Sparks, Maryland starting Monday, March 6 against the No. 3, No. 12 and No. 20-ranked teams in the nation.