GVSU - Cross Country Teams Ready for 2012 GLIAC Championship

GVSU - Cross Country Teams Ready for 2012 GLIAC Championship

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LINWOOD, Mich. - The Grand Valley State cross country teams will take part in the 2012 GLIAC Cross Country Championship on Saturday (Oct. 20), hoping to extend a couple impressive streaks.

The women's team, currently ranked third in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, have won the last 12 GLIAC cross country championships, extending back to 2000.

The men's team, ranked seventh in the newest USTFCCCA poll, have won 10 GLIAC championships in a row, stretching back to 2002.

On the women's side, competing for the Lakers will be juniors Courtney Brewis (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child), Kelcie Severson (Rockford, Mich.) and Molly Slavens (Canton, Mich./Plymouth), sophomores Hannah Osborn (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran), Madie Rodts (Niles, Mich.) and Allyson Winchester (Wayland, Mich./Middleville), while redshirt freshman Jessica Janecke (Scales Mound, Ill./Wahlert Catholic) will arguably be the top Laker at the event.

Severson and Janecke have each been named a GLIAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week this season, Janecke's honor coming after she ran the fastest 5k cross country time in school history at the Greater Louisville Classic (17:25.99).

No seniors will be competing for the women's team at this year's championship.

For the men, competing for GVSU will be seniors Stephen Fuelling (Milford, Mich.) and Jake Isaacson (Menominee, Mich.), juniors Josh Moskalewski (Allendale, Mich.) and Brent Showerman (South Lyon, Mich.), sophomore Alan Peterson (Ironwood, Mich./Luther Wright) and redshirt freshmen Joe Duff (Grand Haven, Mich.) and Spencer Pageau (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi).

Isaacson was the top Division II finisher at the Spartan Invitational earlier this season, while Pageau, Duff, Showerman and Isaacson all finished in the top five at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championship, with Pageau taking home the individual trophy.

The men's team won last year's conference title with a 17-point performance at the Brookside Golf Course in Ashland, Ohio, easily outdistancing second-place Ashland (71) and third-place Wayne State (93). The women put together a 21-point performance to defeat Ferris State (57) and Saginaw Valley State (95).

This year's meet will take place at Maple Leaf Golf Course in Linwood, Mich. and is being hosted by Northwood University.

"We are excited for the opportunity to run for another GLIAC Championship," said reigning GLIAC men's and women's coach of the year Jerry Baltes. "The GLIAC title is the first step in the championship season and we are focused on being ready to compete against a great field. The GLIAC continues to get better each year and we know the rest of the teams will be ready to compete at a high level. We are focused on going out and competing to the best of our ability and prepared to get the best from everyone else in the conference."

The women's race will get underway at 11 a.m. with the 6k event, while the men's 8k contest will begin at 11:45 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., they will be an open race, which will be a 6k for the women and 8k for the men raced simultaneously.

To view the 2012 GLIAC Cross Country Championship information page, please click here.