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Rockets to Compete in Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 02/07/2013
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ALLENDALE, MI - The Toledo women's track and field team continues the indoor season on Friday at the Grand Valley State Big Meet, one of the largest meets in the country with 2,465 individual entries. The Rockets are two weeks out from the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships where they hope to avenge last year's runner-up finish.

The Midnight Blue & Gold most recently sent split-squad teams to the Findlay Open and Notre Dame Meyo Invitational last weekend. At Findlay, freshman Akili Barnes placed third overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.37, while freshmen Kortney Mabone (fifth; 1:02.02), Te'Anne Townsend (sixth; 1:02.39) and senior Antalesha Ballard (11th; 1:02.99) also ran the event.

Junior Megan Wright ran unattached in the mile and ended up in second place with a time of 5:01.78, followed by freshman Megan Gaysunas (5:05.83) and junior Devyn Ramsay (5:09.15). Sophomore Jackie Koza finished at 5:22.69 for sixth place.

The Rockets overwhelmed the 3,000-meter competition with six runners finishing in the top 10. Sophomore Priscilla Timmons (unattached), junior Megan Vogelsong, freshman Lindsey Burdette (unattached) and junior Mackenzie Phelps finished in the top four spots, respectively. Freshman Kelsey Calhoun and senior Richelle Gray finished ninth and 10th overall.

Kaylin Belair led the way at the Meyo Invite with a first-place mile finish, posting a mark of 4:52.26. That time currently ranks the junior as the third-fastest on the MAC indoor performance list.

Freshman Brooke Tullis and Sophomore Mackenzie Chojnacky were also among the top-10 finishers, posting times of 4:54.88 and 4:55.85, respectively. Both times are good enough to qualify for the conference indoor championship, as Chojnacky had already qualified at the Bowling Green Opener on Jan. 12.

Junior Sarah Woodrum teamed up with Tullis, Chojnacky and Belair to form the distance medley relay for UT. The quad finished in third place with a combined time of 11:35.41.

Schools scheduled to compete at this weekend's meet, either during the Friday invite sections or during the Saturday open sections, are below:

Academy of Art (Calif.) (Women - #3 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings)
Adams State (Colo.) (Women - #13 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings)
Adrian (Mich.)
Akron (Ohio)
Aquinas (Mich.)
Ashland (Ohio) (Men - #2 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings, Women - #4 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings)
Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
Bellarmine (Ky.)
Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
Bowling Green (Ohio)
Calvin (Mich.) (Men - #15 in USTFCCCA Division III rankings)
Capital (Ohio)
Cedarville (Ohio)
Central Michigan
Colorado Mines
Cornerstone (Mich.)
Cuyahoga C.C. (Ohio)
Davenport (Mich.)
Detroit Mercy
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Ferris State (Mich.) (Women - #21 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings)
Franklin (Ind.)
Grand Valley State (Women - #1 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings, Men - #5 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings)
Hillsdale (Mich.)
Illinois State
Indiana State (Women - #18 in USTFCCCA Division I rankings)
Indiana Tech
Indiana (Pa.)
Lake Superior State (Mich.)
Lewis (Ill.)
Loyola (Ill.)
Macomb C.C. (Mich.)
Manchester (Ind.)
Marquette (Wis.)
Marygrove (Mich.)
McKendree (Ill.)
Miami (Ohio)
Michigan State (Women - #24 in USTFCCCA Division I rankings)
Michigan Tech
Murray State (Ky.)
Northern Illinois
Northern Michigan
Northwood (Mich.)
Notre Dame (Ind.)
Oakland (Mich.)
Oberlin (Ohio)
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Roosevelt (Ill.)
Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) (Women - #10 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings)
Siena Heights (Mich.)
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Southern Illinois
Spring Arbor (Mich.)
St. Joseph's (Ind.)
Tiffin (Ohio) (Women - #24 in USTFCCCA Division II rankings)
Toledo (Ohio)
Vincennes (Ind.)
Wayne State (Mich.)
Western Michigan
Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.)


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