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Tate Baker


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Transfer competes twice for GV, sets record

In her second track competition, Rebecka Anderson broke the GVSU javelin record with a distance of 45.97 meters. It seems the decision to leave softball for track and field is paying off.

Cleary, Lakers push winning streak to nine

With the bases loaded at a crucial spot in a crucial game, Grand Valley State University senior Briauna Taylor stepped to the plate with a chance to break the tie. She stood in the box amidst a 2-2 count, and delivered.

Andrasik, Gevaart dazzle as GV sweeps LSSU

On Wednesday afternoon, the Grand Valley State University softball team hosted Lake Superior State University in a doubleheader for its first home games of the 2014 season. In the first of the two games, GVSU sophomore Sara Andrasik took to the circle with hopes of extending the team’s streak of three straight scoreless games. It appeared that the streak would continue in game one, until LSSU picked up a run in the sixth inning.

Lakers set two school records at EIU meet

A change in scenery didn’t translate into warmer temperatures for the Grand Valley State University track and field teams over the weekend but, nevertheless, they still managed to heat up at Eastern Illinois University.

Dosenberry, Skomial propel GVSU in rout

The old adage “everything heals with time” proved to be true for the Grand Valley State University lacrosse team.

Steadfast Lakers begin outdoor season in NC

The Grand Valley State University teams will face the challenge of a delayed transition as they race into the outdoor portion of their 2014 schedule, but the strive to be one of the top programs in the nation remains the same.

GVSU golf team wins Perry Park Spring Fling

While Michiganders continue to endure what seems like a never-ending winter season, the Grand Valley State University women’s golf team enjoyed the warm confines of Perry Park, Ky.

Senior duo set to lead seasoned GVSU team

Whether they were sitting next to each other in a crammed van on the way to away meets, posting up in the library for countless hours before exams, or having each other’s back on the court, fellow senior teammates Lexi Rice and Niki Shipman have been right alongside one another since their freshman year.

T&F teams finish fourth, sixth at nationals

The No. 2 Laker women and No. 4 Laker men began the two-day event with high expectations on Friday, and although both teams finished lower than they had expected, they still finished as top-tier program. The women finished in fourth place; the men came in sixth.

GV to vie for national titles in North Carolina

GVSU, which swept both the men’s and women’s title GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship for the fifth straight year on March 2, will attempt to duplicate or better its pair of fourth-place national finishes while tangling with perennial powers this weekend at the NCAA Division II National Championship at the JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem, N.C.

GVSU claims 5th, 15th straight indoor titles

The members of the Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams know a thing or two about consistency.

GVSU to clash with Ashland at GLIAC meet

There have been eight GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship trophies awarded in the last four years, and all of them belong to head coach Jerry Baltes and the Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams.

Lakers go 2-2 at Lewis Dome Tournament

The Grand Valley State University softball team was back to work on Saturday and Sunday for its first set of games since its second-ever trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series less than eight months ago.

Finely tuned Lakers impress on senior day

Often times in sports, certain games, meets or matches can be overlooked due to a much bigger event on the upcoming schedule. These “trap” games often come with mediocre performances.

T&F athletes master time management at GV

The short list of priorities for an average college student often includes cramming at the last possible moment to pass an exam while finding time to donate plasma in order to pay for the $5 cover charge at this weekend’s kegger.

Lakers notch four school records at Big Meet

The second-to-last event of the regular season certainly lived up to its name for the Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams.

Wilk sets goal, strives for greatness

Senior mid-distance runner Jeremy Wilk of the Grand Valley State University track and field team has spent the past five years working toward six seconds.

Thornton's heave highlights Hillsdale Classic

The Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s track and field teams strive for consistency — and often thrive as a result. The Hillsdale Classic offered plenty of examples over the weekend, as fans were fortunate enough to see a record-shattering performance in the men’s weight throw and the triumphant return of an All-American hurdler.

Lukwago jumps into Laker history

Tendo Lukwago of the Grand Valley State University men’s track and field team has big plans before he graduates in April. Lukwago, a senior leader and current triple jump record holder at GVSU, said he believes that his team’s odds of capturing an NCAA Division II National Championship are just as good as any team’s in the country. “My proudest moment at Grand Valley will be the National Championship that we won in 2014,” he said. “The fact that every guy our on team is at practice each and every day with the mentality to do whatever it takes to accomplish our goals is what’s driving this team.”

No. 1 Lincoln edges No. 2 GVSU in 5-Way

NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships aren’t won in February. However, this past weekend’s match up between Lincoln University and Grand Valley State University had a national championship atmosphere as the top two women’s teams in the country went toe to toe at the GVSU 5-Way meet.

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