February 9, 2013 - On the second day of the aptly named GVSU Big Meet, thrower John Banovetz placed himself near the top of a very large heap.
Banovetz finished second in the shot put and third in the weight throw at one of the largest Division II indoor track meets in the nation Saturday afternoon. He threw the shot 54 feet, 2 inches, and achieved a mark of 60-6 in the weight throw.
Justin Fawley also turned in a strong meet, notching another NCAA provo mark in the heptathlon with 4,761 points.
The GVSU Big Meet featured 85 teams, 1,743 athletes, 2,307 unique entries and 109 relays.
February 8, 2013 - Several members and coaches of the Hillsdale College women's track team are dealing with the massive blizzard hitting the Northeastern part of the country, and are stranded in Boston without being able to compete in the Boston University Valentine's Invitational.
However, a few members of the men's track team are competing much closer to home and in much less hazardous conditions, at the two-day GVSU Big Meet in Allendale.
This meet is known as the indoor version of the Hillsdale College Gina Relays, given the large numberof athletes competing.
Two Chargers, Matthew Perkins (pictured) and Joshua Mirth each achieved NCAA provo marks in the mile run and 5K, respectively. Perkins took eighth overall in the mile run with a time of 4:09.13. Meanwhile, Mirth clocked 14:41.85 in the 5000 metyer run.
Justin Fawley stands in third place in the heptathlon with 2,670 points. He won the high jump portion of the event by clearing 6 feet, 5 inches.
Action at GVSU will continue throughout the day Saturday.