ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland will host the 2017 Golden Grizzly Invite this weekend at the Oakland Track & Field, with the women's heptathlon starting at 3 p.m. on Friday and resuming along with field events on at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Running events will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday with the 100m and 110m hurdle prelims followed by the 100m dash prelims for men and women.
After the prelims, there will be a ceremony to honor Oakland seniors in their last career home meet. The 2016 women's cross country team will receive their rings for winning the league championship in the fall and last season's NCAA Qualifiers will also be recognized.
Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State, Detroit Mercy, Central Michigan, Davenport, Macomb Community College and Grand Valley State University are set to compete at this weekend's meet. The meet will be dual meet scored for each NCAA Division 1 school.
Oakland will be honoring 25 seniors: Terri Brown, Ashley Burr, Kaitlin Catania, Elizabeth Girardot, Miranda Haas, Odette Ingall, Laura Johnston, Karli Keur, Danielle McClure, Olivia McLean, Sarah Moen, Lydia Stanley Sydney Sterling, Natalie Stone, KeyVonna Taylor, Kailey Weingartz, Lauren Zens, Michael Cox, Aaron Davis, Nicholas Girodat, Austin Davis, George O'Connor, Glen Scott, Geoffrey Williston and Gino Vitella.
2016 NCAA Qualifiers:
Last season, Andrew Bowman, Girodat, Bryce Stroede and Vitella qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship Preliminaries. Girodat was the first student-athlete since 2009 to qualify for the 100m, while Bowman was the first student-athlete to qualify for the 3000m Steeplechase since 2008. Vitella was the first student-athlete to make two consecutive NCAA appearances in shot put and Stroede qualified for the 5000m and made his second consecutive appearance as well.
2016 cross country ring ceremony:
Members of the women's cross country team will receive their 2016 Horizon League Championship rings. The women repeated as champions behind Rachel Levy's first-place finish, followed by Miranda Haas in second, Alana Koepf in fourth and Ashley Burr in sixth. Levy was named Athlete of the Year and became the third women's athlete in program history to capture an individual league title while head coach Paul Rice was named Coach of the Year.
Coming off big victories:
Last weekend, both the men's and women's teams defeated Detroit in the 12th annual Detroit Dual. The women's team won with a final score of 92-78, while the men won with a final score of 112-28.
Four student-athletes broke school records at last week's dual meet: Rachel Levy (3000m, 9:43.88), Stroede (3000m, 8:26.01), Vitella (shot put, 58 ft., 8.75 in.) and Dana Tessmer (pole vault, 11ft., 5.75 in.).