Quick Hits 4/19

Holly Bihlman, Sports Editor

Track and field competes in first home meet of the season 

This past weekend the track and field team competed in the Al Owens Classic. This meet is the first time the Lakers have competed at home this season. As usual, the Lakers came to compete and got a handful of NCAA Division II qualifications. 

On the women’s team, Nicole Sreenan finished first in the 100m with a time of 12:00 seconds, followed by Angelica Floyd, taking second place just .03 seconds behind Sreenan. The Lakers earned first-place in the 4×100 relay at 46.04 seconds, which was also the fifth best time in school history. Sreenan, Floyd, Ashley Perryman and Marcedes Chandler not only solidified their place at the NCAA Tournament but also in the GVSU record books. 

The men’s team on the other hand, almost broke their own record in the 4×100 relay.  Makiyah Smallwood, Calvin Hatcher, Antonio Passarelli and Jalen Kyles were only .14 seconds away from their historic performance last weekend. They finished the race on Saturday with a time of 41.00 seconds, recieving first place. 

On the field, Elli Kimes earned GVSU’s second-best height in the pole vault at 4.21 meters, automatically qualifying her for the NCAA’s. Justin Scavarda also earned an automatic qualification with his two personal best throws in the shot put with 18.57m and the discus throw with 56.54m. 

Lacrosse dominates in weekend series against Northern Michigan 

The women’s lacrosse team had an especially stellar win against the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Friday, followed by another win on Sunday. Their overall record now sits at 8-1, however they remain undefeated in the GLIAC portion of their schedule. 

Four Lakers earned a hat trick over the course of their 60 minute game on Friday including Molly Bursinger, Sophie Conroy, Maddy Champagne and Maggie Hammer. The Lakers ultimately had another dominating victory led by their veterans and freshman players. Olivia Esposito joined her teammates in scoring multiple times during the game with two goals, just shy of a fifth hat trick for the Lakers. 

On Friday, the team scored 11 goals in the first half, and only let five goals through, while on Saturday the team gave up three goals in each half. Goalkeepers Payton Neil and Abigail Dengler have continued to perform successfully for the team. Dengler picked up her sixth save on Friday. 

The lacrosse team will be traveling to Rochester, New York this Thursday to take on the Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks, then moving along to Ashland, Ohio for two more games on Friday and Sunday against the Eagles.