GVSU Women's Cross Country Dominates 2012 GLIAC Championship

GVSU Women's Cross Country Dominates 2012 GLIAC Championship

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LINWOOD, Mich. - The third-ranked Grand Valley State women's cross country team turned in a crushing performance at the 2012 GLIAC Championship to win its 13th straight conference crown.

GVSU dominated the competition, finishing with 25 points to easily outdistance Ferris State (84), Wayne State (124), Northern Michigan (139) and Saginaw Valley State (157) in the top five.

Winning the event and being named the GLIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year was sophomore Allyson Winchester (Wayland, Mich./Middleville) in a time of 20:48.8.

Just behind her was teammate and now GLIAC Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Year Jessica Janecke (Scales Mound, Ill./Wahlert Catholic) with a time of 20:50.2.

Winchester and Janecke were the run-away top two, as Janecke finished a full 17 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.

Sophomore Hannah Osborn (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) came across fifth in a time of 21:19.6, while junior teammate Courtney Brewis (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) was just behind in sixth with a time of 21:24.8.

The final scored Laker was sophomore Madie Rodts (Niles, Mich.) in 11th with a time of 21:39.1

The other two Lakers competing finished not far behind, with juniors Kelcie Severson (Rockford, Mich.) in 13th (21:51.3) and Molly Slavens (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) in 14th (21:56.7).

Head coach Jerry Baltes was named the GLIAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year for the sixth straight year and ninth time overall after his team's effort.

In the open competition, sophomore Brianna Hewett (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) won with a time of 21:42.5 as GVSU runners claimed 13 of the top 15 spots.

GVSU will now prepare to defend its NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship on Saturday, November 3rd in Kenosha, Wis.