Aquinas - AQ Men Finish Third, Lafave Fourth at WHAC Championships
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The Aquinas men's cross country team placed third overall at the WHAC Championships at Riverside Park on Saturday (Nov. 4), with Arik LaFave (SO/Hesperia, Mich.) notching a top-five finish as an individual. AQ placed a pair of runners in the top-10 and five runners in the top-25, as the Saints were just three points out of second place in the 8K conference competition.
Aquinas' five scored runners were in the top-25, helping the Saints score 59 points and placed third in the team standings. Indiana Tech won the team title with 46 points and Cornerstone earned a runner-up finish with 56 points. Madonna (87 points) and Siena Heights (115) rounded out the top-five schools.
LaFave was fourth overall with a time of 25:25 and he was joined by Joey Ciaravino (JR/Harper Woods, Mich.), who was ninth individually and crossed the line at 25:54. Adam Gizowski (JR/St. Clair, Mich.) and Gannon Foley (FR/Portage, Mich.) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, with times of 26:01 and 26:08, as all four runners earned all-conference honors. LaFave was an All-WHAC First Team honoree, while Ciaravino, Gizowski, and Foley were all All-WHAC Second Team recipients.
Grayson Harding (SO/Grand Rapids, Mich.) came in 23rd place with a time of 26:27, while Luke Simonds (JR/Grand Rapids, Mich.) was 26th overall and crossed the line at 26:40. Tyler Champenoy (SO/Fort Gratiot, Mich.) was the last Saint in the top-seven individuals just a few seconds behind Simonds, placing 28th at 26:43.
Ciaravino, Simonds, Alex Hoop (JR/Jackson, Mich.), Will Libs (JR/Ann Arbor, Mich.), and Stephen Pfahler (SR/St. Joesph, Mich.) all received All-WHAC Academic Team honors, while Angelo Leon (SO/Grand Rapids, Mich.) was named to the WHAC Champions of Character Team.
The Saints will wait until Monday to see if they receive at an-large bid to the NAIA National Championships, which will take place in Fort Vancouver, Wash. on Nov. 18.