Grand Valley State Men Place Fourth at National Championships

Grand Valley State Men Place Fourth at National Championships

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Nick Kapatos - Sports Information Graduate Assistant

JOPLIN, Mo. – In search of their first national title in program history, the Grand Valley State men's cross country team came up short despite running a hard race to finish fourth at the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championships at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course, hosted by Missouri Southern State University.

Entering the race tied for first in the pre-National Championship national poll by the USTFCCCA, the Lakers finished today's race in fourth with 201 points. It's the 10th time in 11 years that the GVSU men have finished inside the Top 5 at the national championship race since 2002, and the 12th straight finish inside the Top 10 for the Laker men.

Zach Panning, as he has done all year, finished as the highest-placing Laker runner in his first national championship race. The 2015 GLIAC Men's Freshman of the Year, the redshirt freshman Panning finished the 10k race in fifth with a time of 29:39.1.

Senior Chad Cini concluded his GVSU career with his third All-America honor by placing 37th with a time of 30:26.1, giving the Laker men two All-American runners for placing inside the Top 40 on the afternoon.

Also running and scoring the Grand Valley State in today's race were Wuoi Mach, Brady Selner, Chris May, Kyle Flores, and Bryce Bradley. Mach narrowly missed out on receiving All-America honors by placing 44th with a time of 30:36.2, while Selner placed 75th with a time of 31:04.4, May finished 97th with a time of 31:22.1, Flores took 183rd with a time of 32:31.2, and Bradley finished 215th with a time of 33:02.9.

Colorado Mines scored 100 points in today's race to win the team title, placing ahead of Adams State (127 pts.), Alaska Anchorage (138 pts.), Grand Valley State, and Shippensburg (210 pts.). Rounding out the Top 10 were Chico State in sixth (224 pts.), Augustana (S.D.) in seventh (259 pts.), Wisconsin-Parkside in eighth (312 pts.), Cal Poly-Pomona in ninth (324 pts.), and Southern Indiana in tenth (348 pts.). Winning the individual title was Alfred Chelanga, a freshman from Shorter with a time of 29:24.6.

The USTFCCCA will announce the national award recipients throughout the week, and the honors will be posted here on when they become public.