GVSU Men - Lakers Place Four Runners in Top Five for Regional Crown

GVSU Men - Lakers Place Four Runners in Top Five for Regional Crown

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The third-ranked men's cross country team cruised to a first place finish at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional for their 10th straight regional championship. The Lakers placed four runners in the top five and five in the top eight.

As has been the theme in every meet they have ran this year, it was seniors Anthony Witt and Tyler Emmorey running stride-for-stride again. Witt claimed the individual title with a time of 31:58.5 as he was the only runner under 32 minutes on the 10k course. Only two seconds behind was teammate Emmorey in second place with a time of 32:00.6. They both finished over 10 seconds ahead of the third place finisher, showcasing a dominating performance by the Laker runners.

Senior Ryan Toth finished fourth with a time of 32:22.5 while senior Nathan Knisely was in fifth place with a time of 32:23.1.

All four of those runners were also on this course in 2008 as freshmen when the Lakers claimed the regional crown the last time the meet was held in Big Rapids.

Sophomore Brent Showerman had an eighth place showing with a time of 32:34.8 as the final scored Laker while sophomore Larry Julson finished in 14th with a time of 32:56.2. Sophomore Josh Moskalewski rounded out the GVSU roster with a time of 33:42.4.

Witt, Emmorey, Toth, Knisely, Showerman and Julson were all named USTFCCCA All-Region for finishing inside the top 25.



As a team, the Lakers' top five runners had an average time of 32:15.9 compared to second place Southern Indiana's average time of 32:51.1.

GVSU finished with 20 team points, only five points shy of a perfect score. Southern Indiana was in second with 75 points while Ashland got the final nationals bid with a third place finish and 88 points.

The Lakers will now prepare for the NCAA Division II National Championship in Spokane, Wash. on November 19th at 11 a.m.