The Grand Valley State track and field teams continued their dominance of the GLIAC on Friday, and former Big Walnut standout Bret Myers was at the heart of it.
Myers, now a senior at GVSU, won the pole vault with an effort of 5.05 meters (16-6 3/4), a provisional qualifying mark. His first-place points proved vital to the team’s bid for a conference championship as the Lakers claimed both the men’s and women’s 2014 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute.
For the women, it was their 15th straight outdoor conference crown. The men, meanwhile, claimed their third title in the last four years.
On the men’s side, GVSU trailed Ashland going in to the final three events of the day — the pole vault, 5,000 meter run and 4x400 meter relay. The Lakers, however, saw their studs come up clutch.
The first-place finish was Myers’ second straight as he won the championship in the pole vault event at the Hillsdale Gina Relays late last month, clearing 5.10 meters (16’8.75”) — a height which is currently the seventh-best pole vault mark in the country among Division II athletes.