Women's track and field team wins third national championship

Coaches and the women's track and field team hold Laker Ls up on the national stage.
Coaches and student athletes from the women's track and field team celebrate a national championship.
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Even in a pandemic, Laker student athletes find a way to win national championships.

Grand Valley's women's indoor track and field team won the NCAA Division II National Championship March 13 in Birmingham, Alabama. It is the third time in the program's history the women's team has won top honors nationally. 

Senior sprinter Nicole Sreenan was named NCAA Division II Track and Field Athlete of the Year and Jerry Baltes, head track and field coach, earned coach of the year honors. The Laker men's indoor track and field team finished second at the national meet.

Sreenan, who is majoring in criminal justice, won the 400-meter race, placed third in the 200-meter race and anchored the 4x400 relay team, which finished fourth. Reynaldo Radlin, assistant track and field coach, coaches the team's sprinters and has worked with Sreenan since she was a sophomore. 

"Nicole is a hard worker and very team-oriented," Radlin said. "She was ready to get out there and she came away with a great day on the track. It was exciting to watch."

Nicole Sreenan runs in the 400-meter race at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Nicole Sreenan runs in the 400-meter race. Her winning time was 54.21.
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Angelica Floyd celebrates winning the 60-meter dash with a personal record of 7.44.
Angelica Floyd celebrates winning the 60-meter dash with a personal record of 7.44.
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Women’s Distance Medley Relay – Hannah Roeske, Jessica Eby, Taryn Chapko and Allie Ludge
Pictured is the winning distance medley relay team of Hannah Roeske, Jessica Eby, Taryn Chapko and Allie Ludge.
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Baltes said the men's and women's teams were motivated to compete after some student athletes had missed three opportunities to be at nationals, as the pandemic caused the cancellation of last year's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field championships.

"We have had incredible support from our university administration, athletic department, athletic training staff and others who have committed themselves to the common goal of putting our student athletes in the best position to be successful in the classroom and on the track," he said.

Read more about the championships online at gvsulakers.com.