Lakers Win in Sloppy Conditions at Notre Dame Invite

Lakers Win in Sloppy Conditions at Notre Dame Invite

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South Bend, Ind. - The Grand Valley State women's cross country team, ranked fourth in the nation, put on a dominating performance at the Notre Dame Invitational in the Gold race, claiming the team trophy by finishing with only 40 points and placing three runners in the top five.

It was junior Monica Kinney leading the way again for the Lakers, finishing second with a time of 17:45. Just behind her in fourth was senior teammate Rebecca Winchester in a time of 17:50 and freshman Rachel Clark in fifth with a time of 17:56 to pace the impressive group of GVSU runners.

Senior Julia Nowak finished 13th with a time of 18:08 while freshman Callie Clark was the final runner scored for the Lakers, finishing 16th with a time of 18:11.

Also with strong performances were senior Jessie Vickers who was 21st (18:20) and junior Karie McDonald in 24th (18:26). Freshman Allyson Winchester finished 30th with a time of 18:32 while junior Theresa Wolter finished in a time of 18:48.


With 40 points, GVSU outpaced Division I Northwestern who finished second with 56 points and Central Michigan in third with 61 points.

The teams ran in sloppy weather all day, facing low temperatures and wind speeds in the 30-40 miles per hour range in addition to wet grounds.

"I feel both squads put together very solid races today," said reigning national coach of the year Jerry Baltes of his teams' performances. "The conditions were not good so we knew times were not going to be fast. We knew it would be a bit tactical early on and we had to be ready to move in the second half of the race. We did a great job of racing together and moving up. We feel we are in a good position now and we just need to keep training and making steady progress."

The team will be back in action next Friday (Oct. 7) when they take part in the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships in Hillsdale, Mich. at 4 p.m.