GVSU - Lakers Run Hard at MSU Spartan Invite

GVSU - Lakers Run Hard at MSU Spartan Invite

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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Grand Valley State cross country opened their 2015 campaign with a strong showing at the 2015 MSU Spartan Invite this afternoon.

Looking to defend their spots at the top of the Midwest region and Division II, the GVSU men and women saw a number of their runners place within the top 20 against numerous runners of schools in the Midwest from Division I, II, and III.

For the four-time national champion Laker women, leading the way was returning USTFCCCA All-American Jordan Chester. Chester, also a USTFCCCA All-Region and Second Team All-GLIAC honoree in 2014, finished the 6k race in a time of 22:16 to place 18th. Following behind the senior was Jessica Janecke and Jenna Klynstra. The All-American Janecke placed 24th with a time of 22:26, and Klynstra finished with time of 23:01 to take 34th. Alison Work took 51st with a time of 23:22, Rachel Bendewald placed 65th with a time of 23:40, Kelly Haubert finished at 24:02 to place 84th, and Katelyn Cliff in 24:26 to finish 100th.

Also running for Grand Valley State were Marta McLaughlin (102nd, 24:33), Natalie Nelson (119th, 24:51), Alex McBride (120th, 24:51), Katie Shaheen (122nd, 24:53), Sabrina Williams (134th, 25:09), Rachel Walters (158th, 25:33), Alicia Arnold (196th, 26:23), and Justine Barla (228th, 27:18).

For the men, who finished as runner-up at the NCAA Division II National Championship for the second straight year, it was Zach Panning who finished first for GVSU and seventh overall with a time of 25:13. Penning was just one of seven Lakers to place inside the Top 20. Following the redshirt freshman inside the Top 10 was Kyle Flores in 10th with a time of 25:24. Chad Cini was the next highest-finishing runner for GVSU in the 8k race, finishing the course in 25:27, and the senior was followed by Wuoi Mach in 15th (25:30), Mitch Wilkins in 17th (25:33), Bryce Bradley in 18th (25:33), and Trevor Sharnas in 20th (25:33).

Ricky Perez in 28th (25:48) was the next Laker to finish, and the senior was followed by Brady Selner in 30th (25:48) and Kousei Yajima in 38th (25:58) to round out the Top 40. Also running for GVSU were Torben Hoffmeyer (51st, 26:19), Joe Cecil (57th, 26:27), Simon Thorpe (59th, 26:31), Spencer Pageau (64th, 26:35), Nate Orndorf (69th, 26:42), Mason VanDyke (76th, 26:49), Ethan Davenport (84th, 26:54), Sam Butler (87th, 26:59), Kevin Black (109th, 27:19), Ben Thoenes (132nd, 27:32), Michael Matusiak (167th, 27:57), and David Arenz (181st, 28:14).

Grand Valley State hits the trails again on October 3 when they head to Louisville, Kentucky for the Greater Louisville Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville.