4.29.14 TRACK AND FIELD: Cavs Gear Up For GLIACs

Men's Track & Field, 2014-04-29

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh is gearing up for the 2014 GLIAC Championships which starts this Wednesday, April 30, and runs through Friday, May 2. Fans won’t have to go too far to check out the action as Lake Erie College will serve as the host at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

A number of Cavaliers have an opportunity to place at the Championships. Perhaps Walsh’s best chance to score points in the competition will be Stephanie Foster (Sr., Lodi, OH/Cloverleaf), who became the Cavs’ first NCAA All-American during the indoor season in the pole vault. While she comes in with the fourth-best outdoor mark in the conference with a height of 3.85 meters, she did finish fourth in the nation during the indoor season in March.

Krissy Sokol (Sr., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) also looks to place for Walsh after she finished third last year at the conference meet. This year, Sokol broke the school record and has the fifth best mark in the conference at 37.69 meters.

On the men’s side, the strength of the team comes in the 400 meter variety both individually and in the relay. The relay team has the fifth best time in the GLIAC at 3:16.36 and has set a new school record on a couple of occasions. Sherman Kortze (Fr., Green, OH/CVCA) and Paul Sonego (Fr., North Ridgeville, OH/HS) are more than likely to be a part of the quartet as they have two of the top 10 times in the individual portion of the race. Kortze has the eighth best time at 49.65 while Sonego has the 10th best time at 50.05.

The men’s 4x100 meter also has a top 10 time at 43.18, good for seventh-best in the GLIAC this season. Others also expected to do well are distance runners Justin Groubert (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake) in the 1,500 meter run and Naimbai Njerakey (R-Fr., Seven Springs, VA/Wheaton) in the 5,000 meter run. Groubert’s best time this season is 3:54.18 and will enter No. 9 this weekend. Njerakey’s stands at No. 10 with a mark of 14:55.73. Sprinter Seth Wieland (Fr., Uniontown, OH/Green) also enters at No. 10 in the 100 meter dash with a best time of 10.97.

The women have a number of athletes lying just outside the top 10 starting with Shannon Montgomery (So., Newton Falls, OH/HS) in the discus. Her best distance this year was 42.34 meters and is No. 12 in the conference. Annie Wise (So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo), Carly Walters (Sr., Twinsburg, OH/Trinity), and Evan Haney (So., Copley, OH/HS) all enter at No. 13. Wise will compete in the 800 meter run with her top time at 2:18.83. Walters will race in the 400 meter hurdles with a best time of 1:07.04. Haney will compete in the high jump and with her best height of the year standing at 1.55 meters. Lissa Yoder (Sr., Cortland, OH/Maplewood) willalso race in the 10,000 meter run and is expected to be amongst the front of the pack.

The men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon will start along with both men’s and women’s hammer throw will start tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Events will continue on Thursday at 9 a.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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