GVSU Men - Lakers Place Second at National Championship Meet

GVSU Men - Lakers Place Second at National Championship Meet

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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Grand Valley State men's cross country team scored 127 points at the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championships, placing them second out of the 32-team field.

The Lakers, who came into the meet ranked first in the USTFCCCA Division II Pre-National Championship poll, finished behind defending national champion Adams State for the second consecutive year, repeating their performance from last year's championship race where they placed second.

"We had the expectation to finish one spot higher today," head coach Jerry Baltes said. "But you've got to give credit to Adams State for running an outstanding race. I couldn't be prouder of our runners."

Although they didn't come away with the national title, five of the seven men's runners placed inside the Top 40 to earn All-America honors. Senior Alan Peterson led the way for the Lakers by placing ninth with a time of 30:42.4. The senior from Ironwood bettered his finish from last year's National Championship race, where he placed 16th in Spokane, Washington.

"Peterson ran a gutsy race to finish out his GVSU career with a ninth-place finish," Baltes continued. "The track conditions weren't as great, but he and the rest of the team went out there and competed."

Joining Peterson in earning All-America status were Bryce Bradley in 27th (31:21.7), Chad Cini in 36th (31:27.3), Chris May right on his heels in 37th (31:28.6), and Brady Selner right behind May in 39th (31:29.0). Wuoi Mach and Kyle Flores also finished for the Lakers, with Mach placing 64th (31:54.6) and Flores in 80th (32:14.2).

"I'm very proud of what our men were able to accomplish today and throughout the entire season."

Tabor Stevens of Adams State took home the individual title for the men, crossing the finish line at 30:20.0.

The USTFCCCA will be announcing the national award recipients throughout the week, and all honors will be posted on gvsulakers.com when they become public.