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Saginaw Valley Finishes Third Overall at the Division II Team Challenge

Saginaw Valley Finishes Third Overall at the Division II Team Challenge

FINDLAY, Ohio - The Saginaw Valley State University men's and women's track teams completed the Division II Team Challenge today (Feb. 6), the men earning a third place finish and the women an eighth place finish.

There were some very good performances given this weekend by both the men’s and women’s teams. On the men’s side the DMR team consisting of seniors Charlie Richards (Goodrich, Mich.), Tony Filipek (Caro, Mich./Kingston HS), and Derek Stone (Metamora, Mich./Lapeer East HS) as well as junior transfer Marion Body (Sterling Heights, Mich.) earned a first place finish timing in with a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time of 10:08.74. Placing second and fourth in the 5,000-meter run were seniors Steve Genther (Laingsburg, Mich.) and Cortland Seaver (Freeland, Mich.), Genther crossing the line with a time of 14:58.78 and Seaver with a time of 15:13.68. Seniors Filipek and Richards also earned top-five finishes in the 800-meter run. Filipek finishing first overall timing in at 1:53.17, breaking the previous meet record of 1:54.05, and Richards finishing fifth crossing the line at 1:57.21. Another senior earning a top finish was Genther who took first place in the mile clocking in at 4:20.03. In the high jump, freshman Calvin Sullins (Adrian, Mich.) placed second overall with a leap of 1.94meters. Earning a fourth place finish for the Cardinals in the 3,000-meter run was sophomore Nick Ekel (Elsie, Mich./Ovid-Elsie HS) who clocked in with a final time of 8:43.08.

On the women’s side senior transfer Katie Scott (Mitchell, Ont.) and sophomore Jean Hollerbach (Grosse Point, Mich.) both earned top-five finishes in the 5,000-meter run, Scott finishing second clocking in at 18:32.64 and Hollerbach finishing fifth crossing the line at 18:58.14. In the pole vault, sophomore transfer Elizabeth Willford (Gladwin, Mich.) tied for fourth place clearing a height of 3.35meters. Junior transfer Tiffany Norton (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) also earned a top finish placing fourth in the high jump with a leap of 1.58meters. Finishing seventh overall in the 3,000-meter run for the Cardinals was Hollerbach timing in at 10:56.09.

The Cardinals will be back in action again Friday (Feb. 12) at 3pm when they host the SVSU Open.