Stacked Fields Assembled For GVSU Elite 3200 Meter Events

(Riley Hough has put together an unblemished 2022 indoor campaign with seven event victories in as many starts)

Saturday at Grand Valley State University will mark the 8th running of the Gazelle Sports Elite 3200m events. 

The 3200's are the featured attraction of the MITS - GVSU Series Meet No. 5. The headlining contests have consistently drawn the who's who of Michigan-based distance runners over the years, as well as a plethora of out-of-state talent, including an appearance by Katelynne Hart (Glenbard West, IL), who captured 1st place honors at the event's 2019 installment.  

"This year we had the most applications from out-of-state athletes that we've ever received," said event coordinator Josh Vork. 

"This is a testament to an increased willingness for athletes to travel in search of elite competition," said Vork. 

In the men's race, Michigan State University recruit Riley Hough enters as one of the pre-meet favorites. Hough claimed the Eastbay National XC title in December and has rode that momentum into indoor. Included in his '22 body of work are 14:24.76 and 4:08.33 efforts for the 5k and the imperial 1 mile distances. 

Hough figures to be tested by a collection of his in-state rivals not to mention a notable entry coming in from the Hoosier State

Izaiah Steury (Angola, IN) was the 2020 IHSAA cross country state champion and the 2021 runner-up. He was second team All-American at the Eastbay Cross Country Championships this past fall with his eighth place finish. The Notre Dame University recruit recently ran indoor PR's of 4:08.67 for the mile and 8:08.32 for 3000m. 

On the women's side, the deep line-up features Michigan's top ranked 800m and 1600m competitor Rachel Forsyth, four-time Michigan Division 4 XC state champion Abby Vanderkooi, Arianne Olson (13th at Eastbay XC Nationals) and Lauren Pansegrau (21st at Eastbay XC Nationals). 

Also, similar to the men's contest, some firepower from Indiana will be in action in the ladies race.

Sophia Kennedy, the daughter of Olympian Bob Kennedy, is coming off of an outstanding cross country season where she was third at the IHSAA Cross Country finals and seventh at the Eastbay Cross Country Championships. The latter earned her second team All-American recognition. Kennedy owns a strong set of PR's, including 17:18 for 5k in cross country, 10:14.09 for the full two-mile event, and 4:49.08 for 1600m.

If the competitors toeing the line on Saturday have record breaking aspirations in mind, they certainly have their work cut out for them. The event's standing all-time marks reside with Wolverine State high school legends Nick Foster (8:57.56 in 2019) and Zofia Dudek (9:56.72 in 2020).

* This is technically the ninth year of the event's existence, however the 2021 edition was canceled due to Covid-related restrictions. 

Meet Information

Schedule of Events

Men's Elite 3200m Start List

Event Record: 8:57.56 - Nick Foster (2019)
Owen BosleyThiensville, WI11
Nick CockerelOtsego, MI12
Quinn CullenBrighton, MI12
Klay GrantMuskegon, MI12
Ian HillSpring Lake, MI12
Riley HoughFenton, MI12
Caleb JaremaPinckney, MI12
Owen JohnsonAnn Arbor, MI12
Hunter JonesThompsonville, MI11
Parker LambersHolland, MI12
Josiah MagleyIonia, MI12
Brady McArdleDavison, MI12
Caden MeyerZeeland, MI12
Noah MorrowManton, MI12
Lezawe OsterinkWyoming, MI11
Conor SomersFremont, MI12
Izaiah SteuryAngola, IN12
Luke VenhuizenTraverse City, MI12
Jeremy WilliamsLapeer, MI12
Garrett WinterKalamazoo, MI12
Matthew ZelekeEast Lansing, MI12

(Julia Flynn put on a show at the Mideast Cross Country Classic in Ohio this past November, winning the meet title by north of 25-seconds)

Women's Elite 3200m Start List

Event Record: 9:56.72 - Zofia Dudek (2020)
Meghan BeuteGrand Rapids, MI12
Lani BloomIthaca, MI12
Allison ChmielewskiRoscommon, MI12
Haley DeighanBirmingham, MI12
Julia FlynnTraverse City, MI12
Meghan FordMason, MI10
Rachel ForsythAnn Arbor, MI10
Sarah ForsythAnn Arbor, MI12
Madison FosterLambertville, MI12
Madelyn FrensGrand Rapids, MI12
Clara James-HeerGrand Rapids, MI10
Sophia KennedyCarmel, IN11
Drew MullerGrand Rapids, MI10
Arianne OlsonHolland, MI11
Lauren PansegrauVerona, WI12
Mary RichmondFrankenmuth, MI10
Helen SachsHolland, MI9
Faith SmithJackson, MI12
Rylee TolsonMunith, MI12
Abby VanderkooiFremont, MI12