GVSU - Men's Cross Country Wins 11th Straight GLIAC Title
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LINWOOD, Mich. - The seventh-ranked Grand Valley State men's cross country team continued its dominance over the rest of the GLIAC on Saturday (Oct. 20), winning its 11th straight conference championship with another stellar performance.
The Lakers put together a 29-point performance, easily outdistancing Malone and Ashland, each with 86 points. Ferris State (112) and Wayne State (175) rounded out the top five.
GVSU placed six of its runners in the top 11, including the top two spots.
Senior Stephen Fuelling (Milford, Mich.) won the event to be named the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, finishing in a time of 24:22.0 by over six seconds.
Finishing second in a close contest for the runner-up spot was sophomore Alan Peterson (Ironwood, Mich./Luther Wright) in a time of 24:28.2.
Junior Brent Showerman (South Lyon, Mich.) came across in seventh with a time of 24:35.9.
A trio of Lakers finished together starting in ninth, where senior Jake Isaacson (Menominee, Mich.) came home with a time of 24:40.1. In 10th was redshirt freshman Joe Duff (Grand Haven, Mich.) with a time of 24:41.7 and junior Josh Moskalewski (Allendale, Mich.) was 11th with a time of 24:42.4.
The final GVSU runner, redshirt freshman Spencer Pageau (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) finished 30th with a time of 25:22.2.
Fuelling, Peterson and Showerman were all named to the All-GLIAC First Team, while Isaacson, Duff and Moskalewski each earned All-GLIAC Second Team honors.
The Freshman of the Year award went to Ryan Roush of Malone.
For his team's efforts, head coach Jerry Baltes was named the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive year and the ninth time overall.
In the open competition, junior Joe Graves (Milford, Mich./Hartland) won the event with a time of 25:06.1 and GVSU runners claimed 12 of the top 13 spots.
The Lakers will now prepare to defend the NCAA Division II Midwestern Regional Championship on Saturday, November 3rd in Kenosha, Wis.