GVSU XC men are national runners-up, Mirth from Hillsdale in top 15

GVSU XC men are national runners-up, Mirth from Hillsdale in top 15

By Dave McCauley, RunMichigan.com

Full official results to come at runmichigan.com/results

The men's cross country team of Grand Valley State University came into this year's NCAA DII Cross Country Championships, held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky with lofty goals and a number one ranking in the latest national DII polls.

The Lakers were hoping to improve on their second place team finish at the 2013 national meet. The one thing standing in their way, once again, was the national powerhouse team from Adams State of Colorado.

Breaking through to the top of the NCAA DII cross country will have to wait another year though for the Lakers of GVSU. Adams State proved too dominant once again, taking the team title once again with a total of 69 points to GVSU's 127, good enough for a narrow runner up finish once more.

Mud was the theme on the day outside Louisville as constant rain battered the area for the days leading up to the race. Poor conditions forced officials to shorten the race from 10,000 meters to 9560 meters.

Individually, Tabor Stevens of Adams State was the overall winner, breaking away from the pack mid-race and staying strong throughout, winning in a time of 30:20 over the mud-shortened course. Adams State placed three runners in the top five.

Grand Valley was led by senior Alan Peterson who finished in ninth overall in 30:42. Other top finishers for the Lakers included Bryce Bradley in 27th, Chad Cini in 36th, Chris May in 37th and Brady Selner in 39th.

In addition to the GVSU men's team, the State of Michigan sent two individual qualifiers to the NCAA DII Championships this year. One of those was Joshua Mirth of Hillsdale who continued his strong career with an All-American finish in 12th place overall in a time of 30:59.

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