Lopes Have Strong Showing at Day Two of WAC Indoor Championships

Day two from Moscow, Idaho, and the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books and the Grand Canyon University men’s and women’s tracks and field teams are in first and third place, respectively.

“It was a fantastic day for the GCU men’s and women’s track and field programs and I was very pleased with our efforts today in Moscow,” said head coach Tom Flood. “We have positioned ourselves very well on both the men’s and women’s sides heading into the final day.”

After leading through the first day of action in the heptathlon, Michael Bolligar added another strong showing to his resume Thursday on his way to taking home Grand Canyon’s first-ever WAC individual title, finishing with 4,662 points. Bolligar also finished eighth in the men’s long jump competition.

Tyler Vandyke had an outstanding performance in the 5,000-meter run, garnering a first-place finish with a time of 15:08.42.

Jahliell Wiltshire and LeSean Marks both advanced to the finals in the 60-meter hurdles. Brandon Kocmoud advances to the finals in the mile after recording a time of 4:21.24.

Josh Ralston, who has the fourth-best time heading into the 400-meter dash final, finished fifth in the high jump after clearing 1.99 meters.

The long jump was dominated by the Grand Canyon men, as Kevin Lashley led the Antelope charge, taking home gold with a jump of 7.38 meters. AAron Hill,Marcus Flannigan, and Karlin Stewart finished in the second, third, and fourth spots, respectively. Lashley also took seventh in the high jump.

Both Stephan Bullard and Brandon Gonzalez qualified for Friday’s final in the 800-meter run.

Lance Parker is heading into 200-meter dash final with the second-best time and is sitting as the third top qualifier in the 60-meter dash. Flannigan also qualified for Friday’s final in the event.

Kyle Jervis took eighth in the shot put, recording a heave of 14.78 meters.

The men’s distance medley team took third, finishing Thursday’s race with a time 10:35.13. The women’s distance medley finished fifth, posting a time of 12:41.27.

“Our men have a nice cushion heading into the final day, but it will still be a tight race and we will leave it all on the track tomorrow,” said Flood.

On the women’s side of things, the Canyon vaulters took home the top three spots in the pole vault with Lauren Graham leading the way, clearing the bar at 4.00 meters. Jennifer Rolph and Amy Hop finished second and third with marks of 4.90 meters and 4.80 meters, respectively.

Jessica Yates took second in the triple jump after recording a leap of 12.11 meters. Andrea Olstead took home seventh-place honors in the same event.

Senior sprinter Shavine Hodges, who has had a stellar campaign in 2014, finished with the top preliminary time in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash.Samantha Bogatz will also be competing in the finals of those events.

Kevina Godfrey and Brianne Kee will be joining Hodges and Bogatz in the 60-meter dash final. Maria Kropf and Emily Shieh will be competing in the 60-meter hurdle final Friday.

Jelena Andjelkovic finished first in her heat of the 800-meter run heading into Friday’s final.

Moya McKenzie advances to tomorrow’s final in the 400-meter dash, having posted the quickest time in the race on Thursday. Jennifer Dowty and Christine Milesalso advanced to the finals in the same event. McKenzie will also race in the finals of the 200-meter dash.

Vanessa Levy broke her own school record in the shot put, recording a toss of 13.66 meters on her way to a sixth-place finish in the event.

“Overall it was a very good day for the GCU women’s team,” added Flood. “Our women’s vaulters had an excellent showing and we have a lot of athletes who posted top times in their events.”

A men’s and women’s champion will be crowned Friday when competition concludes at the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Action from the Kibbie Dome is slated to get underway at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.





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