The Grand Canyon University track and field teams wrapped up day three at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Orem, Utah on Friday. With only a limited number of athletes competing on the first two days of the championships, Friday's slate was full for both the Antelope men and women at the Hal Wing Track and Field complex on the campus of Utah Valley.
Heading into the final day of competition, the Grand Canyon men are in third place with 46 points and the women are in fourth, having totaled 39 points thus far.
Vanessa Levy had a strong day for the Lopes in the throwing events, winning the discus throw with a distance of 46.52 meters. In addition to her gold in the discus, Levy recorded a school record toss of 52.26 meters in the hammer throw, giving her a third-place finish in the event.
On her way to taking home a second-place finish in the high jump, Jessica Yates tied her own school record after clearing the bar at 1.68 meters. Mally McGarity took fifth in the same event with a height of 1.65 meters.
GCU picked up seven points in the women's long jump, as Kevina Godfrey (5.59 meters) brought home fourth and Yates (5.37 meters) finished seventh in the field of leapers.
A trio of Canyon sprinters advance to Saturday's final of the 100-meter dash after posting impressive times in the prelims. Shavine Hodges led the charge, finishing with a season-best time of 11.51 seconds. Samantha Bogatz (11.75 seconds) and Kevina Godfrey (12.18 seconds) also move on in the race. Hodges (23.70 seconds) and Bogatz (23.96 seconds) finished first and second, respectively, in the prelims of the 200-meter dash. Hodges' time in the 200-meter dash is also a season-best for the speedster.
After clocking a time of 54.87 seconds in the 400-meter dash on Friday, Moya McKenzie is the top qualifier heading into Saturday's final in the quarter mile. McKenzie also advanced to the final of the 200-meter dash, finishing in a time of 24.08 seconds in Friday's prelims.
Amanda Sims posted the third-fastest qualifying time (1:02.36) in the 400-meter hurdles to move on to tomorrow's final. Sims' time is a season-best for the sophomore from Mesa. In the 100-meter hurdles, Emily Shieh's time of 14.95 seconds qualifies her for Saturday's final.
On the men's side, Daniel Zupeuc cleared a height of 4.96 meters in the men's pole vault to take home second in the event. Joel Fraser's height of 4.46 meters was good enough for fifth in the pole vault.
Fresh off of his second-place finish in the decathlon, Michael Bolligar was back in action on Friday; capturing fourth in the long jump (6.84 meters). Bolligar's mark edged out teammates AAron Hill (6.83 meters) and Marcus Flannigan (6.81 meters), who finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Bolligar also placed seventh in the pole vault with a mark of 4.31 meters.
Kirk Jay Gould II collected a fifth in the javelin throw, posting a heave of 53.91 meters. Bolligar placed eighth in the same event with a distance of 51.88 meters.
Tyler Vandyke garnered a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line with a time of 9:32.65.
Lance Parker posted the fastest time in the prelims of the 100-meter dash on Friday, crossing the line with a time of 11.51 seconds. Flannigan (10.69 seconds) and Cody Bidlow (10.77 seconds) advance to Saturday's final of the 100-meter dash as well. Parker recorded the fastest qualifying time in the 200-meter dash as well, crossing the line in 21.29 seconds. Flannigan (21.58 seconds) and Matt Kaldawi (21.88 seconds) also both advanced to the final of the 200-meter dash.
In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Jahliell Wiltshire (14.47 seconds) and LeSean Marks (14.65 seconds) both qualify for tomorrow's final. Marks also posted the fastest time in the preliminary field in the 400-meter hurdles, as he made the trip around the track in 52.60 seconds.
On his way to becoming the top qualifier in the 400-meter dash, Josh Ralston recorded a time of 47.21 seconds in Friday's prelim. Stephan Bullard (48.22 seconds) also qualified for the Saturday's final of the quarter mile.
Brandon Kocmoud advances to Saturday's 1500-meter final after finishing with a time of 4:06.74 in Friday's prelim.
The Lopes will conclude the outdoor championships and 2014 outdoor season on Saturday, as they make their final push for a team title on both the men's and women's sides. Fans can visit www.gculopes.com to find links to live video and live results to follow all of the action, which is scheduled to get underway at 8 a.m. (Arizona Time).
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