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Rangers compete at GLIAC Track and Field Championships

Rangers compete at GLIAC Track and Field Championships

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Athletes from UW-Parkside competed Thursday in the second day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.

Rhashad Gray highlighted the Rangers’ contingent by advancing to the finals in a pair of events out of Thursday’s preliminaries.

Gray tied a personal best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.74 seconds to place sixth and finished seventh in the 200 dash with a season-best time of 21.67. Gray advanced to the finals in each event.

He also placed fourth in the high jump Thursday with a mark of 2 meters.

Also qualifying for finals out of preliminaries were Jacob Pigeon, who finished fourth in the 400 dash (49.24), and James Fuentas Jr., whose time in the 800 (1:57.7) was good enough to advance.

“Rhashad Gray had an all-around great day in the prelims, tying his PR to make the 100-meter finals and running a season-best to make the final in the 200 (dash) in one of the deepest conferences in the nation,” Parkside coach Thomas Breitbach said.

‘We qualified an individual to finals in every track event on the men’s side, including an exciting and well-deserved first-time qualifier in senior Jimmy Fuentas Jr.”

In the women’s field, Amanda Johnson placed fourth in the 1,500 preliminaries to qualify for today’s finals.

Grace Bitangelo, meanwhile, finished sixth in the long jump (5.37), while Kate Adams was eighth in the javelin toss (31.72).

“(Today) should be a great opportunity to put an exclamation mark on our first year in the GLIAC,” Breitbach said. “If we focus on competing for every spot, we will get some national-class performance as a result.”

Mike Johnson

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