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Women 2nd, Men 3rd after day two at GLIAC Championships

Photo Credit: Walter Cronk (GLIAC)
Photo Credit: Walter Cronk (GLIAC)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After day one multi-events on Wednesday, the 2021 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships got going with a full slate of competition Thursday at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Cardinals had several outstanding performances, with the women in second place overall with 46 points, while the men finished the day in third with 33 points. Grand Valley State University leads both sides of the team standings, with the men scoring 75 points and the women 60 points.

The limited number of finals on the track yielded several strong showings for the Cardinals. Jenna Keiser took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the line in 10:43.62 in second place, hitting the NCAA DII Provisional mark.

Arianna Wegienka placed second for the Cardinals in the 10,000-meter run, reaching the NCAA DII Provisional time with a 36:02.07 performance.

The Cardinals dominated the women's long jump with three of the top four performers. Cheyenne Williamson set a new GLIAC record, taking first place with a best of 6.09 meters, which was also an NCAA Provisional mark.

Taylor Lucas was third in the long jump with a best of 5.60 meters, while Lauren Huebner was just behind in fourth place with 5.59 meters. Huebner was also third in the women's javelin throw, with a best of 37.19 meters.

Dan Westarb concluded his competition in the men's decathlon, taking third place with a total of 5,993 points accumulated across the 10 events.

Casey Williams captured a GLIAC title in the men's long jump with a best distance of 7.02 meters. Trevin Phillips was second for the Cardinals in the javelin throw, with a best throw of 51.96 meters.

Day three of the GLIAC Championships will be held Friday at Davenport University.

NOTE: The women's pole vault competition was moved to Friday.