members of the Laker men's track and field team stand with the first-place NCAA national championship trophy

Men's track and field team wins first national title

Members of the Laker men's track and field team won their first NCAA Division II outdoor national championship May 29 on their home track while the women's team finished second.

Distance runner Isaac Harding, a senior, won the 5,000-meter race, finished second in four other races and placed third twice. Jackson Blanchard and Daniel Walker finished second and third in the 400-meter hurdles. 

The women's team finished four points behind Azusa Pacific University. It was the team's best finish since 2017, when the Lakers also finished second.

The Laker women earned three individual titles, coming from Judith Essemiah (hammer throw), Nicole Sreenan (400 meters) and the 4x100m relay team of Ashley Perryman, Sreenan, Marcedes Chandler and Angelica Floyd.

Read more about the championship weekend at gvsulakers.com.

members of the Laker Women's Track and Field team stand with the runner-up trophy at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships.
Members of the Laker women's track and field team stand with the runner-up trophy at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships.
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