GVSU - Lakers Sweep 2014 GLIAC Cross Country Championships
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TIFFIN, Ohio – The Grand Valley State men's and women's cross country teams will be adding two more trophies to their trophy case, as the Lakers won both GLIAC Championships on a cloudy Saturday afternoon in Ohio. It was the 14th straight championship for the women, while the men made it 13 straight titles.
The women's team came into today's championship race ranked #1 in the final Division II Midwest Region and national polls of the regular season, more than lived up to their ranking with a dominating performance on the 6k course this afternoon by scoring 21 points, the lowest score since 2010 when GVSU put 18 on the board. The next lowest-scoring team in the event was Hillsdale, who were 40 points off the Lakers.
Eight of GVSU's runners were clocked under their previous personal bests in today's meet, and leading the way for the Lakers were their usual stars of Kendra Foley, Allyson Winchester, Jessica Janecke, and Hannah Osborn. Foley was the race's overall winner, crossing the line at 20:31.8, while Winchester placed second at 20:43.1, Janecke in third at 20:44.5, and Osborn in fourth at 20:46.6.
Jordan Chester was next for the Lakers across the line in 11th with a time of 21:16.1. Following the junior for Grand Valley State in scoring were Amy Creutz in 19th with a time of 21:35.7 and Kelly Haubert in 22nd at 21:42.5. Also finishing for GVSU were Kaylie Rhynard in 27th (21:48.2), Alison Work in 32nd (22:09.9), and Rachel Bendewald in 37th (22.18.1).
Foley, Winchester, Janecke, and Osborn all received First Team All-GLIAC honors for their top 10 finish, while Chester and Creutz earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors. For her first-place finish, Foley was named the GLIAC Women's Runner of the Year. It is the third time in the last four years a Laker runner has been honored with the award, after Winchester won it in 2013 and Megan Maceratini won the award in 2011.
On the men's side, GVSU placed four of their runners inside the top 10 and two more inside the top 20 to earn 33 points on the afternoon. The next team to come anywhere near the Lakers was Malone, who put 67 points on the board.
Alan Peterson was the first Grand Valley State runner to cross the line in the 8k race, placing second with a personal best 24:01.2. The senior was followed by Chris May in fourth (24:06.9), Bryce Bradley in seventh (24:11.9), and Chad Cini (24:13.7). By virtue of placing in the top 10, all four Lakers were named First Team All-GLIAC.
Earning Second Team All-GLIAC honors were Brady Selner, finishing 12th (24:19.9), GLIAC Men's Freshman of the Year Wuoi Mach, placing 17th (24:40.1), and Nate Orndorf, finishing 18th (24:44.0). Also completing the race for the Lakers were Kyle Flores in 22nd (24:52.2) and Torben Hoffmeyer in 34th (25:26.5). Mach becomes the first GVSU men's runner to be named Freshman of the Year for the men since 2010.
GVSU head coach Jerry Baltes was named the GLIAC Head Coach of the Year for both the men and the women. This makes it 11 straight times Baltes has received the award on the men's side and 12th time for the women. It is also the eight consecutive time he has won the award on the women's side and the seventh striaght time on the men's side.
The Lakers now begin preparations for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship, held on November 22 in Evansville, Ind.