Grand Valley State Men Finish Second at NCAA Championships
Tanner Mickey - Athletic Communications Assistant
Provided by GVSU
SAINT LEO, Fla. -- The Grand Valley State men's cross country team was in search for their first NCAA National Championship on Saturday morning and led for stretches of the 10k race before falling to the pre-championship number one team Adams State. The Laker men placed two runners inside the top-10 and four inside the top-20, securing four All-American performances and posting just 79 points in the team's second place finish. It's the 11th time in 12 years that the GVSU men have finished inside the top-five at the national championship race since 2002, and the 13th straight finish inside the top-10 for the Laker men.
GVSU's leading runner for the morning was sophomore Zach Panning, who finished in fifth place with a time of 29:58.3. It was Panning's second straight fifth place finish at the national championships and the second time he has been the highest placing Laker runner in the races. The All-Region runner was outside of the top-five for the first half of the race, before grabbing and keeping the fifth spot in the final half.
Senior Chris May improved his placing from last season by 87 spots, moving from 97th in 2015 to 10th in 2016's race. May held steady through most of the race and finished with a time of 30:37.5. May was the highest-placing GVSU runner in the Midwest Regionals and ended his GVSU career with four All-Region honors and two All-American performances.
Senior Nate Orndorf placed 12th overall with a time of 30:40.7 and posted his first All-American performance in his final race at GVSU. Orndorf briefly entered the top-10 during the late stages of the 10k race, but fell just short of a top-10 finish.
Trevor Sharnas, a junior from Romeo, Mich. put up a top-20 performance and claimed All-America honors as he finished with a time of 30:51.3. Sharnas jumped into the top-20 during the final 2k of the race.
The final scoring runner for the Lakers was Wuoi Mach, who finished just short of All-America honors in 48th place with a time of 31:26.3. Also running for the GVSU men were senior Bryce Bradley and sophomore Kevin Black, who finished in 80th and 130th place with times of 32:04.1 and 32:46.7, respectively.
Adams State finished first with 54 points, followed by GVSU, Colorado Mines (153 points), Chico State (166 points), and Alaska Anchorage (222 points).
The USTFCCCA will announce the national award recipients throughout the week, and the honors will be posted on gvsulakers.com when they become public.