2.26.14 TRACK AND FIELD: Cavs Gear Up For GLIAC Championships
(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh is getting ready for its second GLIAC Indoor Championships with hopes of having athletes place this weekend at Hillsdale, Michigan. The Cavaliers have strong competitors in both men’s and women’s track and field with opportunities to place.
Stephanie Foster (Sr., Lodi, OH/Cloverleaf) is one of the best pole vaulters in the nation and will look to prove that at the GLIAC Championships. The competition will likely come down to her and Grand Valley State’s Kristen Hixson. Foster’s best height of the year stands at 4.10 meters which she reached at the SPIRE Midwest Open. It is the second-best nationally this season behind Hixson’s 4.30 meters reached at the GVSU Big Meet Invite.
Mikayla Dearing (Fr., Navarre, OH/Perry) will also look to perform well in the sprints in her first conference championship meet for Walsh. She has competed in the 200 meter and 400 meter events this indoor season. Her best time in the 200 meter dash is 27.25. Her best in the 400 meter is 59.37
On the men’s side, distance runners Justin Groubert (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake) and Naimbai Njerakey (R-Fr., Seven Springs, VA/Wheaton) have possibilities to place in the distance events. Groubert has had career bests placed in the mile with a time of 4:15.83 and the 3,000 meter at 8:35.73. Njerakey is just ahead of Groubert’s 3,000 meter mark with a best time of 8:35.17 and has a 5,000 meter time of 15:07.
Sherman Kortze (Fr., Green, OH/CVCA) will lead the Cavs in the sprinting events and will be a part of the 4x400 meter relay in hopes of giving the Cavs some placers.