Two Tech records fall at GVSU

ALLENDALE, Mich. -The Michigan Tech track and field teams competed at the Al Owens Classic on Friday and Saturday at the GVSU Track & Field Stadium. Over 900 athletes participated in the meet with the Huskies breaking two school records.

The men finished third overall in a field of 21 collegiate teams with 52 points. Host Grand Valley State (171.5) and Central Michigan (60.5) placed ahead of the Huskies.

“It was a fun day today with many good performances,” Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller said. “It was great for our men to finish third in a very competitive field.”

Jani Lane won the 1,500-meter run by over two seconds with the second best time in school history. He crossed the line in 3:55.16.

Deedra Irwin reset the 800 record with a time of 2:16.82. She placed sixth.

Kyle Petermann broke the school record in the discus by over eight feet with a toss of 159 feet. He placed fifth in the event. Petermann was also eighth in the shot put, throwing 44-feet, 0.5 inches.

“It was fun to see Kyle and Deedra break records today, and Jani dominated the 1500,” added Haggenmiller. “It was another great day to be a Husky.”

Also on the men’s side, Isaac Pringle was second in the 400 with a personal best time of 49.57. Steven Saliga (172-6) was third in the javelin.

In the 800, Tech placed three in the top 15. Benjamin Kramka (1:57.26) and Corey Zeutzius (1:57.40) were fifth and sixth with Mike Tuski (1:58.54) in 13th.

The Huskies also had three in the top 15 in the longest race of the day. Jason Saliga (5th/15:21.13), Sean Pengelly (7th/15:22.42) and Jonathan Kilpela (9th/15:25.82) ran the 5K.

Wesley Jacobson (1:01.85) was 10th in the 400 hurdles, while Ethan Norstog (10:31.04) finished 12th in the 3K steeplechase.

The 4×400 relay team was fourth with a time of 3:27. Tuski, Pringle, Kramka and Brent Cousino ran the race for Tech. The 4×100 squad finished seventh. Brian Fisk, Jacobson, Cousino and Chrispin Johnston represented the Black and Gold.

James Sutton (8th) and Brendan Banker (11th) both cleared 6-feet, 1.25-inches to finish in the top 12 in the high jump. In the pole vault, Patrick Spalding (11th/13-7.75), Jake Jurkowski (12th/13-7.75) and Keith Lemley (14th/12-11.75) were in the top 15.

Jared Berryman (7th/44-11.75) and Matthew Savage (15th/39-6.5) were also in the shot put while Berryman (134-4) placed 13th in the discus. Matthew Vander Velden was 14th in the javelin with a toss of 143-4.

The women placed 16th out of 21 teams. Natalie Berryman had a seventh place toss in the discus (130-10) and javelin (104-9) and also a 15th place toss in the shot put (35-8.5).

Lauren Raiford (1:00.87) was 10th in the 400. Jamie Dompier (26.35) finished 11th in the 200 and Ashley Veale (26.72) was 15th.

Erika Poli jumped 10-feet, 0.5 inches in the long jump to place 15th. Ellen Hetcher was 15th in the discus (120-11).

The 4×100 relay team of Hannah Schnack, Raiford, Veale and Dompier finished sixth with a time of 52.08.

Next weekend Huskies will be competing at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich., and the Drake Alternative in Whitewater, Wis. The GLIAC Championships begin on Apr. 30 in Geneva, Ohio.