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SVSU impresses at GLIAC Indoor Championships

SVSU impresses at GLIAC Indoor Championships

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The 2021 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships descended upon the SVSU Fieldhouse two exciting days of competition on Saturday and Sunday.

Cheyenne Williamson was dominant for the Cardinal women, winning four total titles, two field events, one race and as a member of a relay, and taking second place in two more. Alona Olshevska took the 400-meter dash in an impressive performance, while the relay teams stood out on both days of the competition.

The SVSU men also had several strong showings, highlighted by CarLee Stimpfel winning the 3,000-meter run, followed by teammate Dayton Brown.

In the overall team standings, the women took second place by a wide margin, earning 138.50 points, 41 in front of third. The men tied for third place with Northwood University at 63.50 points.

Grand Valley State University won both team titles (255.33 for the men, and 249 for the men)

Women's Highlights:

  • Cheyenne Williamson won two field events, including her second-straight GLIAC title in the long jump with an NCAA Provisional distance of 5.99m. She also took the high jump with a Provisional height of 1.69m. Williamson won the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 8.46 seconds and set a new school record, and hit the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard in the preliminaries with a time of 8.44 second. She helped the Cardinals close the Saturday session with a title as a member of the distance medley relay team while adding a second-place finish in both the 60-meter dash (7.60 seconds) and as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team on Sunday.
  • Alona Olshevska was strong for SVSU in the 400-meter dash, winning the event in a time of 56.45 seconds, an NCAA Provisional time.
  • In the 1-mile run, the SVSU trio of Alexa Keiser (4:52.49, NCAA Provisional), Lauren Buckner (4:58.08, NCAA Provisional), and Jenna Keiser (4:59.86) finished second through fourth, respectively.
  • The distance medley relay team of Jenna Keiser, Cheyenne Williamson, Lauren Buckner, and Alexa Keiser dominated the final event for the women on Saturday, taking first with a time of 11:35.88.
  • In the 800-meter run, Jenna Picard was third for the Cardinals in a time of 2:15.41.
  • Arianna Wegienka was third in the 3,000-meter run, crossing the line in 10:08.73.
  • Ali Aldrich finished the women's weight throw in fourth place with a best of 18.50m, an NCAA Provisional mark.
  • In the Pentathlon, SVSU was led by Kelsey Landra with a score of 3,106 points. She was second in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:22.68.
  • The women closed the meet with an outstanding showing in the 1,600-meter relay. The team of Williamson, Landra, Picard, and Olshevska placed second in a time of 3:50.97.

Men's Highlights:

  • In the final individual running event of the meet for the men, SVSU dominated. CarLee Stimpfel took the title in the 3,000-meter run with an NCAA Provisional time of 8:08.34, while teammate Dayton Brown was second with a time of 8:12.61, also an NCAA Provisional standard.
  • Dan Westrab placed third for SVSU in the Heptathlon with 4,756 points. He was second in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.23 seconds.
  • Cavan Wilcox tied for third place in the men's pole vault, clearing a best height of 4.40m
  • The distance medley relay team of Ryan Talbott, Jared McLean, Brendan Nesbitt, and CarLee Stimpfel placed second in a time of 9:50.10.
  • Clarence Corbet hit the NCAA Provisional mark in the men's shot put with a best throw of 17.08m for the Cardinals, finishing third.

The Cardinals now prepare for the 2021 NCAA DII Indoor Championships set for March 11-13 in Birmingham, Ala.