Florida might be the ideal spring break destination for college students, but for a handful of SVSU athletes, Minnesota is sounding nice this time of year.
The men’s and women’s teams competed at the GLIAC Indoor Championships this weekend with many earning top conference finishes and provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division 2 National Championships in Mankato, Minn. on March 9.
The men were led by junior multi-event athlete Tyler Grob, who repeated as GLIAC champion in the heptathlon and was only 20 points shy of a school record. Already a two-time All-American, Grob will travel to nationals and attempt to improve on his fifth-place finish from last year.
The school record-holding distance medley relay team of Emily Short, Diamond Taylor, Alycia Wright and Ashley Meyer placed fourth, provisionally qualifying for nationals with their record-breaking time from earlier in the season.
Senior pole vaulter Elizabeth Willford, also a school record holder, earned a fifth-place finish in her event.
Meyer earned a second-place finish in the mile, provisionally qualifying for the national meet with a time of 5:00.82. Her distance medley relay teammate Wright also qualified provisionally, placing second in the half mile with a time of 2:11.29, just .04 seconds off the school record.