Track and Field Teams Compete at GLIAC Championships; Rami Gharsalli Wins Men's 60 Meter Hurdles

Track and Field Teams Compete at GLIAC Championships; Rami Gharsalli Wins Men's 60 Meter Hurdles

OVERVIEW:  GLIAC Championships   

EVENT: GLIAC Championships   

LOCATION: University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio

RECAP: The Northwood University track and field teams competed at the GLIAC Championships with the women placing 11th out of 14 teams and the men claiming the 8th place finish out of 13. Rami Gharsalli captured the title in the men's 60 meter hurdles.


  • The Northwood University Indoor Track and Field teams concluded conference competition over the weekend as the Timberwolves competed at the GLIAC Championships at the University of Findlay.
  • The Northwood men's Track and Field team finished in 8th place at the event, consisting of 13 schools on the men's side. The women's team completed the conference meet in 11th place out of 14 schools.
  • Northwood's Rami Gharsalli claimed first place and a gold medal in the men's 60 Meter Hurdle event with a time of 7.93. In the preliminaries the day before, Gharsilli clocked a 7.81, marking a new Northwood record in the event.
  • On the women's side of the event, Northwood's Elaina Meadows made her way to the podium by earning a third place finish in the women's long jump with a jump of 5.70M.
  • Also for the Timberwolves, Kara Young walked away with bronze hardware after her time of 7.62 in the 60 Meter Dash chalked a third place finish in the event. The time also marked a new personal record for the junior from Zephyrhills, Fla, and the number 25th best time in the entire country.
  • Northwood's Jennifer Mckenna turned in a sixth place finish in the women's mile event after compiling a time of 5:01 which converts to 4:58.33 because of the track size, and puts her 48th in the country for the event. The time is also an NCAA Provisional mark as well as the second best time in program history. Approximately one hour later after completing the mile, Mckenna placed 10th in the 800 with a time of 2:17.82.
  • In the men's 60 meter hurdles, Northwood's Kyle Vandersyde ran a personal best in the preliminaries with a time of 8.40 and qualified for the finals with a seventh place finish and earned two points for Northwood. Vandersyde now ranks fourth in school history in the event.
  • In the women's high jump, Northwood's Heaven Powell finished with a sixth place finish after her jump of 1.644m (5-4.5 ft) which earned NU three points in the meet.
  • The women's four by 400m relay team of Kara Young Drew Findlay Jsalissa Bridges and Madison Arnouts ran a time of 4:02.32 placing them seventh overall in the event and earning Northwood two points.
  • Caleb barker ran a new personal best in the 3000m with a time of 9:03.48.

Coach Roberts:

"The depth and the level of talent in the GLIAC is phenomenal. Getting top 8, let alone making the podium in our conference is no small feat! It's the Championships and we had many great things happen this weekend and many lessons learned. Our athletes learned that they can make a difference and that it is up to them to be positive, trust the process, and go get it! As tough as our conference is, the assistant coaches and I couldn't be more elated for what the Timberwolves accomplished today. Now it's time to get to work and prepare for the outdoor season."


The NCAA National Championships will take place on Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th  in Birmingham, Alabama.