GVSU Cruises to Victory in the Conference Crossover
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ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In the final regular season meet of the season, Grand Valley State saw both the men's and women's teams cruise to victory at the Conference Crossover on Saturday morning.
Ranked first in the Midwest Region and first in the country in the latest USTFCCCA Division II Regional and National polls, the Laker men finished with an incredible nine runners inside the Top 10 and 12 runners total inside the Top 15 to score 19 points and cruise to victory. Meanwhile, coming into today's race with the No. 2 Midwest ranking and No. 3 national ranking, the Laker women placed five runners inside the Top 10 and three inside the Top 5 to win the meet with 26 points.
It was freshman phenom Zach Panning that won the individual men's race with a time of 24:11.10, edging out Alex Cushman of Indianapolis by less than three seconds. It's the third time this season that Panning crossed the finish line as the top-placing Laker, finishing seventh at the MSU Spartan Invitational and 19th at the Greater Louisville Classic.
Following Panning for GVSU was Chris May, taking third with a time of 24:22.54 for his best finish of the year thus far. After May came Kyle Flores in fourth with a time of 24:26.19, and then Wuoi Mach in fifth with a time of 24:29.62. Brady Selner finished the course in 24:34.18 to place sixth, while Mitch Wilkins ran a time of 24:45.51 to finish seventh, Bryce Bradley took eighth with a time of 24:49.84, Trevor Sharnas placed ninth with a time of 24:53.66, and Chad Cini rounded out the Top 10 with a 10th-place finish in a time of 25:00.88.
Ricky Perez and Kousei Yajima placed 11th and 12th, respectively, for the Lakers, running times of 25:01.89 for Perez and 25:04.47 for Yajima. The next two GVSU runners to place were Torben Hoffmeyer (25th, 25:34.23) and Nate Orndorf (26th, 25:34.29), and after them were Joe Cecil (28th, 25:38.83), Kevin Black (31st, 25:53.01), Sam Butler (35th, 25:55.71), Ethan Davenport (43rd, 26;05.99), and finally Mason VanDyke (46th, 26:09.18) to round out the Top 50. Also placing in the men's race for Grand Valley State were Simon Thorpe (70th, 26:36.31), Spencer Pageau (81st, 26:46.39), and Ben Thoenes (99th, 27:14.83).
Over on the women's side, Gina Patterson continues her terrific start to her GVSU career with a second place finish at the Conference Crossover, running a time of 21:18.65 to finish 13.44 seconds off race-winner Amanda Farrough of host Lewis University. Jessica Janecke finished behind the freshman in third with a time of 21:32.65, and Jordan Chester placed fourth with a time of 21:37.74. Jenna Klynstra and Alison Work made it five Lakers in the Top 10 with an eighth-place finish from Klynstra (22:18.62) and a ninth-place finish by Work (22:20.15).
Kelly Haubert and Amy Creutz crossed the finish line next for Grand Valley State. Haubert placed 17th with a time of 22:40.12, and Creutz finished 18th with a time of 22:42.72. Mary Kostielney placed 26th with a time of 23:03.57, and she was followed up by Rachel Bendewald in 28th with a time of 23:09.25. Sarah Cullip completed the course at 23:16.28 to place 32nd, and Katie Shaheen followed closely behind with a 34th-place finish in a time of 23:18.42.
Also finishing for GVSU were Marta McLaughlin (42nd, 23:27.14), Taylor Smith (43rd, 23:27.18), Jordan Storer (45th, 23:32.90), Alex McBride (58th, 23:55.51), Katelyn Cliff (60th, 24:05.02), and Alicia Arnold (94th, 25:15.88).
With the regular season now in the books, Grand Valley State now turns their sights on the 2015 GLIAC Cross Country Championships on October 24. Hosted by Wayne State, the meet will take place at the Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan. The GVSU women will be looking for their 15th consecutive conference title, while the men will be hunting for their 14th consecutive GLIAC trophy.