Laker Men Dominate for 10th Straight GLIAC Crown
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Ashland, Ohio - The Grand Valley State men's cross country team won their 10th straight GLIAC cross country championship on Saturday (Oct. 22), placing five runners in the top six spots to dominate the field at the Brookside Golf Course.
Senior Anthony Witt won the individual title, crossing the line first in a time of 25:24.34 to earn GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors.
Giving the Lakers six runners in the top 10 was sophomore Ryan Ziolko who finished 10th with a time of 26:12.30.
Senior Paul Zielinski rounded out the GVSU field, finishing 30th with a time of 26:54.19.
The Lakers finished with a staggering total of only 17 points, only two points off of the minimum amount possible. Finishing in the top five were Ashland (71), Wayne State (93), Ferris State (119) and Hillsdale (151).
"We had outstanding efforts today from both squads in another muddy mess of a course," said head coach Jerry Baltes of his team's performances. "Our men raced very tough after a fast early pace. They did a great job of moving together and picking one another up in the race."
In the open competition, freshman Alan Peterson won the event with a time of 26:43.05 as GVSU claimed the top nine spots in the final results and had 13 of the top 14 runners in the event.
GVSU will now prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday, November 5th, in Big Rapids, Mich.