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Athletics vie for GLVC title this weekend

BOLIVAR, Mo. – It’s championship season again for UIndy Athletics as they head into the 2022 GLVC Outdoor Athletics Championships this week. The Greyhounds will travel seven hours to Bolivar, Mo., and Plaster Stadium on the Southwest Baptist campus for this year’s festivities. Hear from the team and how they’re feeling ahead of this year’s championships here.

Originally held as a three-day meet, the championships were moved to a two-day meet only. The action kicks off Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. ET with the multis. The field event will start at 2 p.m. ET and the track events at 4:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m. ET with the men’s 110 hurdles and the heptathlon pursuit.

The entire two-day encounter will be broadcast on the Great Lakes Valley Conference Sports Network. Live coverage can be seen on GLVCSN.com, or the GLVCSN iOS and Android mobile apps, as well as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV OTT platforms. Live results are available on the official website Championship homepagewhile updates will be posted on Twitter at @GLVCsportts and @GLVCSN with the hashtags #GLVCtrack and #GLVCchamps.

Last year, both UIndy teams had quality finishes, with the men’s team finishing second and the women’s third. Ben Nagel on the men’s side is looking to repeat as the 800 meter champion. He also has a great chance of hitting a big mark in the 1500, as he is the only GLVC member to provo in the race this season. Meanwhile, Chandler Martin will be looking to improve on her silver medal from last year in the high jump.

On the women’s side, the pole vault team of Britney Clark, sabrina robinson and Lawrence Joseph are looking to repeat their podium sweep at the conference hall meet in February. Clark is the defending GLVC outdoor champion in the event, while Joseph was the silver medalist last year. Melissa Spencer has been a star in the 3,000-metre steeplechase all season and is fighting for gold after finishing second last year. She currently ranks third in the conference in the event.

Others looking to make an impact at the big competition include Sam DeWitt, who ranks second in the conference for the 110-meter hurdles. He is joined by Ailliyah Reese on the women’s side which is also second. Hallie Montgomery ranks near the top 10 for the 200 and 100 with room to climb and score. The fast Josiah Adamswho is coming off a strong indoor season, is looking to develop as he sits fourth in the 400m. Eline Pinter and Emily Sonderman both are ready to jump onto the 800 podium, both sitting near the top of the conference.

Claire Eaton in her first year as a Greyhound, she has another opportunity to earn points for the Hounds thanks to her strong position in the 5K. Taking flight this season has been Cade Priddywho sits third in the men’s pole vault ahead of the GLVCs. Brock King and Evan Gaylor both have the chance to step onto the podium in the shot put, landing at three and four before the start of the competition. Tyler Gilbert both the record faces a quality platter, but it remains in the top three.

The UIndy men have won a GLVC record seven outdoor titles, followed by former SIU league member Edwardsville (5), Missouri S&T (5), Lewis (4) and McKendree (1). Lewis holds a league record with 11 women’s crowns, while UIndy (7) and SIU Edwardsville (4) are the only other programs to have won outdoor titles since the GLVC began sponsoring the sport in 1996.