GVSU - Laker XC Cracks Top 10 at Griak Invite

GVSU - Laker XC Cracks Top 10 at Griak Invite

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Grand Valley State men's and women's cross country teams returned to the course this Saturday afternoon, with both squads holding their own against a field packed with some of the best Division I teams in the country.

Entering the race as the No. 1 team in the country in the latest USTFCCCA Division II national poll, the women's team placed 10th out of 35 Division I teams with 291 points, finishing 20 points behind BYU in ninth and 89 points ahead of Missouri in 11th.

Four GVSU runners finished in the Top 70 of the event, with sophomore Kendra Foley placing 23rd with a time of 21:57.7 to end the 6k race as the highest-finishing Laker. Finishing in 45th with a time of 22:21.0 was senior Hannah Osborn, and crossing the line just behind her in 57th was junior Jessica janecke with a time of 22:27.8. Junior Jordan Chester was next to finish the event, placing 66th with a time of 22:36.1, and senior Allyson Winchester next scoring runner for Grand Valley State with an 116th-place finish with a time of 23:12.6. Freshman Kaylie Rhynard and senior Madie Rodts were the final runners to score for Grand Valley, respectively finishing 143rd and 150th.

Also running for the Lakers but not scoring were sophomore Alison Work (210th, 24:15.1), freshman Jenna Klynstra (214th, 24:16.8), freshman Rachel Bendewald (226th, 24:20.9), junior Taylor Smith (253rd, 24:38.3), freshman Alex McBride (257th, 24:40.9), sophomore Amy Creutz (261st, 24:43.5), freshman Sarah Cullip (311th, 25:28.3), and freshman Kelly Haubert (332nd, 26:17.0).

Meanwhile, the men, ranked second in Division II, also finished 10th out of 31 Division I teams competing in the 8k race. The Lakers finished with 333 points, 31 points behind North Carolina for ninth place and 10 points ahead of Kansas for 11th place.

Alan Peterson paced the men's GVSU squad, finishing 54th with a time of 25:58.4. Finishing behind the senior runner were sophomore Torben Hoffmeyer in 65th with a time of 26:09.7, freshman Wuoi Mach in 69th with a time of 26:10.3, junior Chad Cini right behind him in 70th with a time of 26:11.2, junior Kyle Flores in 75th with a time of 26:13.4, freshman Trevor Sharnas in 110th with a time of 26:34.5, and in 111th with a time of 26:34.8 was sophomore Nate Orndorf finishing as the last scoring men's runner for Grand Valley State.

Also running for GVSU but not scoring were Mark List (116th, 26:38.1), Chris May (133rd, 26:51.6), Mitchell Wilkins (169th, 27:15.1), Mitchell Tiethof (186th, 27:29.1), Joe Duff (204th, 27:46.3), Peter Tomkiewicz (211st, 27:53.6), Michael Matuskiak (220th, 28:01.8), Spencer Pageau (238th, 28:18.6), and Josh Steible (250th, 28:43.9).

The teams hit the trails again on Friday, Oct. 2, when they race at the Lansing Invitational in Lansing, Michigan, and the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.