GVSU - Men's Cross Country Preview
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ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State men's cross country team will embark on the 2012 season hoping to keep an impressive streak of 10 straight NCAA Division II Midwest/Great Lakes Regional Championships alive. With a returning USTFCCCA All-American and two returning USTFCCCA All-Region student-athletes, the Lakers seem poised for another big year.
Fuelling finished 21st at the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2011, finishing the course in a time of 31:50.7 to help the Lakers to a third-place finish. He also had a pair of ninth-place finishes, one at the Spartan Invite with a personal best 8k time of 24:50 and one at the Notre Dame Invite with a time of 25:21.
Isaacson was a GLIAC All-Academic honoree and finished 14th at the Spartan Invite with an 8k-best time of 24:57.
A trio of talented juniors returns for the Lakers that includes Larry Julson (Potterville, Mich.), Josh Moskalewski(Allendale, Mich.) and Brent Showerman (South Lyon, Mich.), all three of whom were All-GLIAC selections a year ago and two of which earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors.
Julson was both an all-region and All-GLIAC selection after finishing 14th at the Midwest Regional Championship with a time of 32:56.2 and 13th at the GLIAC Championship with a time of 26:16.48. Julson ran with the Lakers at the NCAA Division II National Championship but finished just four spots off the All-American list, placing 44th with a time of 32:26.5.
Moskalewski earned All-GLIAC honors with a 12th-place finish at the GLIAC Championships in a time of 26:14.27 and ran with the squad at the Midwest Regional Championship, where he finished 44th with a time of 33:42.4. He set a personal best on the 8k course at the Spartan Invite, where he completed the trek in a time of 25:18.
Showerman returns after being named USTFCCCA All-Region and All-Academic in addition to being an All-GLIAC selection and All-GLIAC Academic. Showerman finished fifth at the GLIAC Championship with a time of 25:56.83, then followed that up with a great eighth-place showing at the Midwest Regional Championship in a time of 32:34.8. Showerman just missed out on earning All-American honors as well, finishing 42nd at the NCAA Division II National Championship in a time of 32:21.6.
Sophomore Alan Peterson (Ironwood, Mich.) will hope to move in to the top group of runners this season, coming off a season in which he was named GLIAC All-Academic. Peterson finished 38th at the Spartan Invite with a time of 25:30, an 8k-personal best. In high school, Peterson was a three-time upper peninsula Division II state champion in cross country as well as in the 3200 meter run.
A pair of redshirt freshmen who seem poised to contribute early on in their careers are Joe Duff (Grand Haven, Mich.) and Spencer Pageau (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi). Duff had a 5k cross country best in high school of 15:32.9 and ran an 8k time of 26:19 in 2011 while running unattached.
Pageau also ran unattached last season, tallying an 8k best time of 25:47 to go along with a 5k high school best of 16:04.
True freshman Bryce Bradley (Chelsea, Mich.) has a chance to make an impact in his first season in the program, coming to the Lakers with a high school cross country 5k-best time of 15:20.
GVSU will begin its season on September 8th, taking part in the Knight Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich. September 14th sees the Lakers travel to East Lansing, Mich. for the Spartan Invitational, followed by the Greater Louisville Classic on September 29th and the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. on October 5th.
The GLIAC Championships will be hosted by Northwood in Midland, Mich. on October 20th before the Lakers try their hand in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wis. on November 3rd. The 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship will take place in Joplin, Mo. on November 17th.