GVSU - Laker Freshman Run Blazing Times At Greater Louisville Classic

GVSU - Laker Freshman Run Blazing Times At Greater Louisville Classic

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LOUISVILLE, KY. – The Grand Valley State men's and women's cross country teams raced against some of the best teams in Division I at the Greater Louisville Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville, and saw two freshmen records broken on the afternoon.

Grand Valley State, one of two Division II teams competing in the men's race and one of eight non-Division I squads competing in the women's race, both finished respectably against a field loaded with Division I talent. The No. 1 Laker men finished ninth with 216 points, two points behind eighth-place Penn State and 111 points ahead of fellow DII competitor Southern Indiana. The No. 3 Laker women scored 357 points to place 12th out of 30 teams, just three points behind host Louisville in 11th and five points ahead of 13th-place Bucknell.

Leading the Laker men once again was Zach Panning. The redshirt freshman, who finished seventh at the MSU Spartan Invitational, placed 19th with a time of 24:25.06 in the 8k course. It's among the fastest recorded times for a GVSU freshman runner in a certified 8k course in school history.

Ricky Perez was the next-highest finisher, finishing the course with a time of 24:47.98 to place 49th, just narrowly edging out Eastern Kentucky's Luke Ndunga. Kyle Flores crossed the finish line next, placing 54th with a time of 24:49.32, just ahead of fellow Laker Chris May with a time of 24:50.23. Following the two across the finish line for GVSU were Brady Selner in 58th (24:51.51), Chad Cini in 64th (24:54.81), Mitch Wilkins in 66th (24:57.44), Wuoi Mach in 71st (25:01.02), Trevor Sharnas in 83rd (25:11.53), and Bryce Bradley in 97th (25:20.42).

Gina Patterson finished as the highest-placing Laker on the day, running the 5k course with a time of 17:11.17 to place ninth. It's the fastest recorded time for a freshman in Grand Valley State history on a certified 5k course.

Returning USTFCCCA All-American Jessica Janecke finished as the next-highest Laker in 63rd with a time of 17:49.18, while fellow All-American Jordan Chester finished with a time of 17:57.87 to place 76th, giving GVSU three top 100 runners on the afternoon.

Also running for Grand Valley State were Alison Work (129th, 18:19.76), Jenna Klynstra (140th, 18:25.66), Kelly Haubert (157th, 18:35.09), Rachel bendewald (190th, 18:53.36), Jordan Storer (197th, 18:58.77), Amy Creutz (200th, 18:59.99), and Katelyn Cliff (228th, 19:21.03).

Iona finished as the top team in the men's side with 51 points, while Michigan won the women's event with 42 points. Michigan also swept the individual runners for both the men and the women, with Mason Ferlic running the 8k men's race in a time of 23:51.52, and Erin Finn finishing the 5k women's race at 16:48.23.

The Laker men and women are back in action on Saturday (Oct. 10) when they travel to Romeoville, Illinois for the Conference Crossover, hosted by Lewis University.