GVSU - Cross Country Heads to 2012 NCAA Division II National Championships
Provided by GVSU
Nov. 16, 2012
JOPLIN, Mo. - The Grand Valley State cross country teams are heading to Missouri Southern State on Saturday (Nov. 17), hoping to both come back to Allendale with some hardware.
The men's team enters the meet ranked sixth in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association rankings, while the women's squad is third. Both teams claimed the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships back on November 3rd, as the men tallied 62 points to win their 11th straight crown and the women had 45 points to claim their 12th straight regional championship.
Last year, the men matched the best finish in program history by coming in third with a total of 100 points at the snowy meet in Spokane, Wash. The women also finished third, totalling 104 points. For the women, it was the seventh straight year that they have finished in the top three.
It's going to be a host of underclassmen on both sides for the Lakers in this year's national championship meet, with only three seniors competing between the two squads.
On the men's side, running for the Lakers will be seniors Stephen Fuelling (Milford, Mich.) and Jake Isaacson (Menominee, Mich.), juniors Josh Moskalewski (Allendale, Mich.) and Brent Showerman (South Lyon, Mich.), sophomore Alan Peterson (Ironwood, Mich./Luther Wright) and redshirt freshmen Joe Duff (Grand Haven, Mich.) and Spencer Pageau (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi).
Fuelling did not participate for the Lakers in the Midwest Regional Championship, but is coming off being named the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year for finishing first at the GLIAC Championship with a time of 24:22.0 in the 8k race.
Isaacson, who finished ninth at the GLIAC Championship (24:40.2), tallied an 11th place finish at the Midwest Regional Championship with a time of 31:29.0 in the 10k event to earn USTFCCCA All-Region honors.
Moskalewski also tallied a USTFCCCA All-Region honor by placing 24th at the regional championship with a time of 31:47.0. Showerman is coming off a seventh-place finish at the GLIAC Championship (24:35.9) and an eighth-place all-region performance at the Midwest Regional Championship (31:26.0).
Peterson is also entering the national championship event with a couple top finishes under his belt recently. Peterson was the runner-up at the GLIAC Championship (24:28.2) and carded an all-region ninth-place finish at the regional with a time of 31:27.0.
Duff finished 10th at the GLIAC Championship (24:41.7) and just missed out on posting a top 25 finish at the Midwest Regional Championship, finishing 27th with a time of 31:54.0. Pageau, who had a 30th place finish at the GLIAC Championship (25:22.2) rebounded for a great 10th place finish at the Midwest Regional Championship to earn all-region honors with a time of 31:28.0.
On the women's side, an All-American will be returning to the lineup for the first time this year as the lone senior running for GVSU. Monica Kinney (Walker, Mich./West Catholic) will be joined by juniors Courtney Brewis (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) and Kelcie Severson (Rockford, Mich.), sophomores Hannah Osborn (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran), Madie Rodts (Niles, Mich.), and Allyson Winchester (Wayland, Mich./Middleville) as well as redshirt freshman Jessica Janecke (Scales Mound, Ill./Wahlert Catholic). The Lakers will be hoping to return to 2010 form, when GVSU claimed its first cross country national championship in school history.
Kinney, who has not run in a cross country meet since her All-American performance at last year's NCAA Division II National Championship, will be looking to regain that form to give the Lakers a big boost. Last year, Kinney finished 21st at the national championship with a time of 22:04.5.
Brewis enters the national championship meet off the back of three great performances in a row. She began her run with a strong third-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championship, where she ran the 5k course in a time of 17:35.0. At the GLIAC Championships, Brewis finished sixth (21:24.8) on the 6k course and followed that up with a USTFCCCA All-Region performance at the Midwest Regional Championship, where she finished 10th with a time of 21:40.0.
Severson, who earned a GLIAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor earlier this season following a sixth-place finish at the Calvin Invite with a time of 18:12.2 on the 5k course. Severson finished 13th at the GLIAC Championship (21:51.4) and 36th at the Midwest Regional Championship (22:29.0).
Osborn has been one of the most consistent GVSU runners this season and enters this final meet off a ninth-place all-region performance, where she finished the 6k course in a time of 21:40.0. She also finished fifth at the GLIAC Championship (21:19.6). Rodts tallied an 11th place finish at the GLIAC Championship (21:39.1) and was 12th at the Midwest Regional Championship to earn all-region honors with a time of 21:44.0.
Winchester has without a doubt been the top GVSU runner all season. Winchester first won the GLIAC Championship with a time of 20:48.8 to be named the GLIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, then followed that up with a first-place finish at the Midwest Regional Championship with a time of 20:57.0 to be named the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year.
Janecke did not race in the regional competition, but did card a second-place finish at the GLIAC Championship with a time of 20:50.2. Her best performance came at the Greater Louisville Classic, where Janecke set a new GVSU 5k record with a time of 17:26.0. She was named GLIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her performance against mostly Division I competition.
The last time the NCAA Division II National Championships were held at Missouri Southern State was 2007, when the GVSU women finished third (181 points) and the GVSU men finished fourth (152 points).
The men's race will get under way at 11:30 a.m., with the women following at 12:30 p.m.
Live scoring for the meet will be available at the link below: