TRI-CITY AREA — Three athletes hailing from the Tri-City Area competed at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships recently.

Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, hosted the two-day event which ran February 26-27.

Grand Valley State University’s Carly Livingston, an Imlay City graduate, fared best among the Tri-City Area competitors on hand. The senior pulled up second with a pole vault clearance of 13 feet 1 1/2 inches.

Her teammate, senior Ellianne Kimes, won the event with an effort of 13 feet 5 1/2 inches.

Erin Boettcher, a Dryden graduate, helped the Davenport University 1600 relay squad obtain a fourth. The freshman was joined on their lineup which posted a 3:58.68 clocking by Emma Schaefer, Kyla Chappel and Ellie Reynolds.

In the same race, Imlay City’s Sydney Kapushinski ran a leg on Lake Superior State University’s team which placed ninth. Sofia Salazar, Jayda Williams, and Breanyl Baker rounded out the Lakers’ squad that took 4:36.04 to cover the territory.

Grand Valley State University’s Brooke Barkocy, Isabel Abdoush, Deji’Ona, Simpson and Taryn Chapeco set the pace with a time of 3:56.04.

Both the pole vault and 1600 relay was contested on day two of the GLIAC Championships.

Grand Valley State University took team honors with 248.5 points. They were followed by Saginaw Valley State University (130.5), Wayne State University (75), Davenport University (74.33), Northern Michigan University (58), Parkside (35.33), Northwood (29), Ferris State University (9.53) and Lake Superior State University (two).

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.