Grand Valley State’s Kriston Hixson sets record with pole vault title at NCAA track finals

ALLENDALE, MI – Grand Valley State women’s team was the first-day leader at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship as pole vaulter Kristen Hixson soared into the record books.

After Thursday’s first day, the Lakers led the field 28 points, followed by New Mexico Highlands (15), Ashland (14), Pittsburg State (11), Central Missouri (10) and Adams State (10) to round out the top five.

Hixson, a senior from Chippewa Hills High School, who was alone at 4.20 meters (13-feet-91/4) went on to clear 4.50 (14-91/4) on her third attempt to top the Division II All-Time Outdoor women’s pole vault list.

It is her third NCAA Division II national title (2012 indoor, 2012 outdoor) and the 4.50 meter mark is the eighth-best women’s pole vault in the world this year.

She wasn’t alone for Grand Valley in the event. Teammate Jennifer Schornak, was fifth (4.0 meters, 13-11/2).

MORE: Results, scores, schedules

A pair of Lakers earned All-American in the hammer throw, as sophomore Laura Schroeder finished fifth ( 57.64 meters, 189-1) and senior Alyssa Zokoe was just behind in sixth (56.40 meters, 185-0) to give GVSU seven points in the event.

In the 10,000, junior Jessica Janecke was third (35:29.58) and Courtney Brewis was eighth (35:36.57). Ferris State senior Anna Rudd was fifth (35:31.33).

On the men’s side, the Lakers were tied for fifth with American International and St. Augustine’s. Leading the men’s competition was Adams State, followed by Ashland, Findlay and Southern Indiana all tied with 10 points.

The best finished came from sophomore Darien Thornton in the hammer throw. He had a best toss of 65.92 meters (216-3) to finish second.

The schedule for Friday:

2:00 p.m. – Men’s Discus Throw Final
4:30 p.m. – Men’s High Jump Final
4:45 p.m. – Women’s Triple Jump Final
5:00 p.m. – Women’s Discus Throw Final
5:30 p.m. – Men’s 200m Dash Prelim
5:45 p.m. – Women’s 200m Dash Prelim
6:00 p.m. – Men’s 800m Run Prelim
6:15 p.m – Women’s 800m Run Prelim
6:35 p.m.- Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelim
6:50 p.m. -Women’s 100m Hurdles Prelim
7:10 p.m. – Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final
7:25 pm – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final
7:45 pm – Men’s 1600m Relay Prelim
8:0 5pm – Women’s 1600m Relay Prelim



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