GVSU - Men's and Women's XC Cruise to Midwest Regional Championships

GVSU - Men's and Women's XC Cruise to Midwest Regional Championships

Provided by GVSU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - It was all smiles at the conclusion of the day as the Grand Valley State men's and women's cross country teams came away victorious at the 2014 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships at the Angel Mounds Course in Evansville, Indiana. It's the 14thstraight regional title for the women, while the men make it 13 consecutive championships.

The Laker men, ranked first in the region and second in the country in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polls, blew the competition away by capturing 43 points in a dominating display on the afternoon. Malone was the next highest scoring team in the meet, capturing 91 points to finish a distant second to GVSU.

Leading the way for the Lakers was senior Alan Peterson. Peterson, who placed second at the GLIAC Championships, completed the 10k race in a career-best time of 30:28.7. He was just 04.1 seconds off the meet's winner, Tyler Pence of host Southern Indiana. The senior All-American made a late charge towards the end of the race, improving 12 spots from 14thto take second-place in the race.

Following Peterson for GVSU were sophomore Chris May in eighth (30:51.3), junior Chad Cini in 10th(30:58.2), sophomore Brady Selner in 11th(31:02.5), redshirt sophomore Bryce Bradley in 12th(31:02.7), junior Kyle Flores in 18th(31:16.8), and redshirt sophomore Nate Orndorf in 24th(31:36.2). All seven Grand Valley State runners earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors with by finishing within the Top 25.

Joining the Lakers in at the national championships will be fellow GLIAC teams Malone (91 points) and Ashland (116 points), as well as Southern Indiana (101 points) of the GLVC.

Meanwhile, the GVSU women, ranked first in the country and the region for all of the 2014 season, tallied an astounding 42 points to match their point total from last year's regional win. Hillsdale was the only other team in the field to score in the double-digits, taking home 76 points to finish second.

Powering the Lakers to victory on the afternoon was junior Jessica Janecke, finishing the 6k course in third with a time of 20:55.0. Senior Allyson Winchester, the runner-up in the 2014 GLIAC Championships, came in fourth with a time of 20:57.1, while fellow senior Hannah Osborn placed sixth with a time of 21:11.7, and junior Jordan Chester crossed the line at 21:21.7, making it four Laker runners in the top 10. Redshirt sophomore Alison Creutz finished19thwith a time of 21:32.8, making it five GVSU runners who earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors on the afternoon.

Also finishing the race for Grand Valley State was redshirt freshman Kelly Haubert in 31st(21:57.8) and true freshman Kaylie Rhynard in 60th(22:40.6).

Emily Oren of Hillsdale was the race's individual winner, crossing the line of the 6k course at 20:45.4. Joining GVSU and Hillsdale at the national meet will be Wayne State (115 points) and Malone (132 points), making this an all GLIAC field from the Midwest Region.

Grand Valley State now begins preparations for the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday, December 6, in Louisville, Kentucky. At last year's national meet in Spokane, Washington, the Laker women won their third championship in the last four years, while the men recorded their best finish in program history by placing second.