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December 13, 2013
RESULTS | ALLENDALE, MICH. -- The Indiana Tech track & field team faced tough NCAA Division II and NAIA competition at the Grand Valley State University Holiday Open on Friday. The Warriors recorded 29 standards on the day, bringing their 2013 total to 34 ‘A’ and 20 ‘B’ qualifying standards in just two meets this season.
The running events began with the 60m hurdles and the 60m dash. Zalika Dixon and Lauren Pannell qualified for the hurdle finals for the women, while Trevor Stanley, D’Quan Ruth and Ryan Cavender qualified for the men. Dixon hit the NAIA automatic qualifying standard in the prelims with an 8.91 while Pannell finished 7th in a time of 9.45. Stanley finished in second in 8.31, hitting the ‘A’ standard in the prelims, while Cavender (8.86) finished fifth and Ruth (10.09) was sixth.
In the women’s 60 meter dash, the Warriors qualified five runners of the nine-runner final, taking places two through five, and ninth. Patricia Thompson was the top finisher for Indiana Tech, finishing in a time of 7.76 seconds while Malika Rashid and Shayla France joined Thompson in recording NAIA ‘B’ qualifying standards.
For the men, the Warriors took the top two spots in the event with Wayne Sherbahn taking first with an ‘A’ standard time of 6.92 with Stanley second with a ‘B’ standard time of 6.93.
Warrior Elite runner Verone Chambers finished on top of the field in the 400m, finishing in 54.83, just ahead of last year’s NAIA National Champion Kirsten Flake (56.00). The Warriors took the top seven places in the event with Chloe Brooks following Flake, placing third (56.50) followed by Dixon (56.57), Chauntiel Smith (57.63), April Wilson (58.06) and Shayne Armbrister (58.14). Every runner hitting the NAIA A-standard time of 58.90 seconds.
The men took the top four spots in the event; with Deshawn Marshall taking the top spot (48.74) followed by Devon Marrow (48.80), Dareyus Person (48.82) and Ruth (49.34). All four Warriors finished under the NAIA A-standard of 49.50 seconds.
In the 800m run, Cherie Gaines finished in second-place overall in a time of 2:16.07, earning the Warriors another NAIA ‘A’ standard. For the men, Seth Spangler finished in fifth in the nine-runner field in a B-standard time of 1:56.63.
Tech took 11 of the top 14 finishes in the women’s 200m with three runners hitting automatic qualifying marks and four others hitting ‘B’ marks. Brianna Woods led the way with a second place finish and a time of 24.36, just ahead of Brooks who finished in 24.79. The other ‘A’ standard was Jewel Thomas who finished fifth in 25.06. France (25.22), Thompson (25.27), Flake (25.37) and Tia Cooper (25.47) all hit the ‘B’ mark.
The men took home eight of the top 10 finishes, led by two ‘A’ standards from the top two finishers in the event, John Broaden (21.49) and Stanley (21.62). Person (21.98) finished third, just missing the ‘B’ standard.
In the 3,000-meter run, Becca Lamb earned the ‘A’ standard with her first place finish in a time of 10:23.35 while Aaron Belcher finished third behind two unattached runners and also earned an ‘A’ standard and school record with his time of 8:33.68. He bested Matt Ditzler’s 2008-09 mark of 8:34.9.
In the field events, pole vaulter Taylor Meredyk finished first overall with an ‘A’ standard clearance of 3.53 meters (11 feet, 7 inches). In the long jump, Carrington Robinson finished first (6.98 meters) and Darryl Marlow finished in third (6.83 meters) for the men while Ashley Watley (5.33m) finished first, Emaryne Watt (5.14m) was third, and Malika Rashid (4.84m) was sixth for the women. In the triple jump, Stacia Murray placed first with an ‘A’ standard jump of 11.65m while Jones finished second with a 10.63m, just missing the ‘B’ standard.
Overall the Orange and Black women finished second, one point behind Grand Valley St. with 146 points with the men also placing second with 140 points, just 16 behind GVSU.
Tech will take a break over the holidays before returning to the track in Allendale, Mich. when they take part in the GVSU Mike Lintz Open on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.