GVSU - Laker Men Finish Second at Penn State Invitational
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State College, Pa. - The third-ranked men's cross country team nearly pulled off a victory at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday (Oct. 14), despite the majority of the field being Division I competition. The Lakers finished with 55 points, trailing only host Penn State's 47 point total.
It has been a theme all year and continued on this day, when seniors Anthony Witt and Tyler Emmorey ran stride-for-stride with each other yet again, finishing fourth and fifth in the individual standings with times of 26:26 and 26:29, respectively.
Senior Ryan Toth wasn't far behind, finishing 10th with a time of 26:53 to give GVSU three runners in the top 10 of the individual results.
"We got very strong races from our top three runners, our seniors, but our next four runners, our underclassmen, all stepped up and filled some big shoes," said head coach Jerry Baltes of his team's impressive performance. "We had a couple guys under the weather who were banged up."
"The weather was really rough today with rain and a lot of mud. We had runners in both races go down," commented Baltes on the day's troublesome conditions.
Penn State won the team title with GVSU finishing second. The top five were rounded out by Duquesne (77), Lehigh (142) and Montana State (177). The next highest finishing Division II school in the race was Lock Haven in eighth place with 238 points.
The Lakers are back out on the course next Saturday (Oct. 22) when they compete in the GLIAC Cross Country Championships in Ashland, Ohio at 11 a.m.