GVSU - Lakers Run Hard at Conference Crossover

GVSU - Lakers Run Hard at Conference Crossover

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The Grand Valley State men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Conference Crossover Saturday morning in Romeoville, Ill., hosted by Lewis University and came out with positive results. The men's team finished first with 55 points in the 8k race, while the women's team placed second with 66 points in the 5k race.

"Our men raced tough and we had some guys really step up," said head coach Jerry Baltes. "Trevor (Sharnas) and Abe (Visser) stepped up and competed well in windy conditions."

The third-ranked Laker men were lead by Wuoi Mach, who had his third top-10 finish this season, as he placed second with a time of 24:48.2. Trevor Sharnas crossed the finish line in 25:09.4 for eighth place, followed by Abe Visser, who posted a time of 25:13.2 for 11th place. Sean Fontana placed 14th with a time of 25:23.3 and Brady Selner was the next Laker to cross the finish line at 25:32.8 for 24th place, respectfully. Jacob Domagalski and Josh Steible finished 29th and 32nd with times of 25:40.8 and 25:43.0.

Sam Butler (72nd, 26:11.0) and Chip Osborne (83rd, 26:17.9) were able to claim top-100 spots for the Lakers.

Also running for the Laker men were Mason VanDyke (26:36.1), Colin Herrmann (26:56.6), Connor Schwartz (27:11.0), respectfully.

The top ranked Laker women were led by Kelly Haubert who placed sixth with a time of 21:48.8, while Gina Patterson crossed the finish line for ninth place at 22:00.8. Madison Goen placed 14th with a time of 22:11.6, followed by Stacey Metzger, who crossed the finish line at 22:16.3 for 16th place. Rachel Bendewald placed 21st with a time of 22:25.0, Hanna Groeber (23rd, 22:26.6) and Megan Caltagirone (25th, 22:27.5).

Finishing in the top-70 for the Lakers were Jenna Klynstra (52nd, 22:56.6), Jessica Gockley (69th, 23:16.4), Rachel Walters (70th, 23:16.5). Jordan Storer crossed the finish line at (24:26.8), respectfully.

"We had some bright spots throughout the women's race," said Baltes. "The women faced a tough Cal Baptist on the day and we thought we raced well."

Allie Ludge, who was named HERO Sports Division II Cross Country HERO of the Week last week sat out due to sickness.

The Lakers next race will be the GLIAC Championships on Saturday Oct. 21, in Harvey, Michigan. The Laker women have won 16 consecutive GLIAC championships, while the men have 15 straight GLIAC championships.