ALLENDALE - Lake Superior State junior Jonathon Allen shattered a 28-year-old Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference indoor record by winning the triple jump with a performance of 15.45 meters and was named GLIAC Field Athlete of the Meet.
"John Allen's performance at GLIAC's was the most-impressve in Laker Track and Field history," LSSU coach Steve Eles said. "We have had conference champions and all-Americans in the past. However, John received every accolade possible."
Allen, who bettered his former school record of 15.02 meters, improved upon the former GLIAC mark of 15.22 meters set by Saginaw Valley State's Eddie Brown in 1982. He also exceeded the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 15.20 meters. The meet runner-up at this weekend's GLIAC Indoor Championships was Ashland's Nate Cooper with a jump of 13.92 meters (Allen beat him by 5 feet). Laker teammate Patrick Wright was seventh in the triple jump at 13.13 meters.
"John was against some of the best competition in the country," Eles added. "There were 125 NCAA Provisional marks established at the GLIAC Championships. John won the award over Kurt Roberts, a shot putter from Ashland who is ranked first in the country and has the best throw in NCAA DII history, and Jason Stomps from Hillsdale who is also ranked No. 1 in the country in the weight throw."
Freshman Amber Fater placed 10th in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of :09.43. Senior Jill Walton broke her own record in the pentathlon, placing 17th with 2,381 points. Walton also placed eighth in the shot put (12.48 meters), while sophomore Laura Lindsey was 10th (12.10 meters).
LSSU's other top finishers were sophomore Katie Winiarski, who was eighth in the women's high jump (1.58 meters) and 10th in the triple jump (9.92 meters); junior Taylor Patton, who was fifth in the women's triple jump (10.58 meters) and 15th in the long jump (4.53 meters); freshman Jeff Kuhl, who was 13th in the men's 1-mile run (4:28.35); and Wright, who was 11th in the long jump (6.20 meters).