Two Women Harriers Hit Provisional Mark at GVSU Big Meet

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 7:18 PM
Two Women Harriers Hit Provisional Mark at GVSU Big Meet by Mike Lantinen
Abbey Lang ran the 800 leg on the DMR, which hit the national provisional standard Saturday. She also ran the 600 and 800 meter dash.

The women’s indoor track and field team took to the road this weekend for the Grand Valley State University Big Meet.

Boasting automatic qualifiers for the national indoor track and field meet in Pittsburg, Kansas, Edinboro had the opportunity to compete with some of the best.

For the second weekend in a row, a select number of the girls team made the trip, consisting of middle distance and long distance runners.

A two day event, starting Friday, two Edinboro women found their way to provisional qualifying times in the 5,000-meter run.

After earning All-American honors on the cross country course this past year, Ida Narbuvoll is hoping to be able to prove herself once again on the national stage. Finishing the 5,000 in a time of 17:15.75 and coming through in 8th place, Ida placed herself 13 seconds below the provisional qualifying standard.

“The 5,000 is definitely my best shot for nationals. Mainly because it’s a better distance for me than the 3,000 meter run,” Narbuvoll said.

As a freshman and never competing indoors living in Norway, Ida finds herself adjusting and becoming accustomed to the season.

“I didn’t compete indoors in Norway,” she said, “but basically it’s the same as running outdoors, only maybe with a bit more focus on speed.”

Kasey Jones, the second fastest over 5,000 meters for the team this weekend crossed the line in 17:27.07 in 16th place out of 119 runners. Gaining momentum as the season progresses, Jones feels the work is finally paying off for her and her teammates. “We have our best foot forward in the workouts.

We just want to see the results of those workouts put into practice and see where that gets us,” Jones said. As a 5th year senior for the Fighting Scots indoor team, Jones leads by example, as well as being a vocal leader for the team.

Also competing in the 5,000 meter run, following close behind Jones, was Anna Hösl, finishing in a time of 17:35.06. Emma Sullivan placed 33rd and had a time of 17:44.13.

Also on Friday, the 600 meter run took place with Abigale Peters and Abbey Lang finishing neck and neck, Peters finishing in 1:41.56 and Lang in 1:41.94. Rebekkah Bond competed in the mile, placing 47th and crossing the line in 5:12.97.

Saturday brought more provisional qualifying times for the Scots when the relay team comprised of Bond, Terionna Ware, Lang, and Narbuvoll finished in 12:06.19. They earned a time four seconds faster than the NCAA division 2 national qualifying standard.

Other competitors on Saturday included Bond, Peters and Lang in the 800-meter dash. Finishing first for the Scots was Bond in 2:18.28, then Peters in 25th with a time of 2:22.48. Finally, Lang finished 31st in 2:23.67.

The team finishes the season with two meets at home starting this Friday at the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome and the following weekend when they host the PSAC Championships.

Mike Lantinen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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