GVSU - Lakers Complete Penn State Invitational as Highest Division II Squad

GVSU - Lakers Complete Penn State Invitational as Highest Division II Squad

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State College, Pa. - Running in treacherous conditions and without two of their top runners, the fourth-ranked Laker women's cross country team mustered a fifth-place finish at the Penn State Invitational and were the highest-finishing Division II squad.

It was freshman Rachel Clark leading the way for the Lakers, finishing 16th in the individual standings with a time of 21:55. Just behind her in 21st was twin sister Callie Clark with a time of 22:08.

Senior Rebecca Winchester came in 40th with a time of 22:39 while senior Jessie Vickers was 43rd (22:46) and freshman Allyson Winchester came home 51st (22:56).

Rounding out the squad at this meet was freshman Hannah Osborn in 57th (23:01) and senior Karie McDonald in 63rd (23:08).

The Lakers finished with a 171 point total and were the highest finishing Division II squad, finishing three spots ahead of Ferris State, who sit in front of GVSU in the national rankings.

"The Clark twins were great leading the charge for us today," said reigning Division II Coach of the Year, Jerry Baltes. "We are excited to see them continue to progress in their freshman campaign."

Speaking on next weekend's GLIAC Cross Country Championships, Baltes commented, "We will get Kinney (Monica) and Nowak (Julia) back in the lineup next week after taking this race off. We will need to have a great team effort next week to be ready for the Ferris State women who are running really strong this year."



West Virginia (45) won the team trophy in the meet while Connecticut (70), Penn State (77), Duke (91) and GVSU rounded out the top five.

The defending national champions will be back out on the course next Saturday (Oct. 22) to compete in the GLIAC Cross Country Championships in Ashland, Ohio at 11 a.m.