GVSU - Lakers Sweep NCAA Regional Championships

GVSU - Lakers Sweep NCAA Regional Championships

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CEDARVILLE, OHIO – The Grand Valley State cross country teams both came away with regional championships at the 2017 NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals Championship on Saturday (Nov. 4) at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. For the Laker women, it was their 17th straight regional crown, while the men brought home their 16th consecutive title.

"Both squads competed well and we are excited to advance to the NCAA Championships in two weeks," said head coach Jerry Baltes. "We will look to recover over the next couple of days for one more race."

The women's team entered the meet ranked number one in region and second in nation. The Laker women tallied 46 points with three top-10 finishes, and easily outdistancing Hillsdale College, who finished second with 81 points.

Kelly Haubert led the way for GVSU, crossing the finish line at 21:39.6 with a fourth place finish. Gina Patterson and Allie Ludge were the next runners to place for the Lakers as they came in seventh and eighth place, with times of 21:50.1 and 21:52.4. Stacey Metzger placed 12th with a time of 21:7.4, followed by Megan Caltagirone who crossed the finish line at 21:59.6 for a 15th place finish.

Also running for the Lakers were Hanna Groeber (25th; 22:16.4) and Rachel Bendewald (38th; 22:43.5), respectfully.

The men's team who also entered the race ranked first in the regiona in second in the nation, had equally success as they captured a first place finish with 58 points and had two runners place in the top-six overall.

Leading the way for the men were Wuoi Mach and Zach Panning, as both recorded fifth and sixth place finishes with times of 31:33.7 and 31:34.0. Sean Fontana placed 11th with a time of 31:43.2, followed by Abe Visser who crossed the finish line at 31:55.0 for a 18th place. Enael Woldemichael crossed the finish line at 32:09.2 for 23rd place.

Also running for the Lakers were Josh Steible and Trevor Sharnas, who both finished the race in 24th and 25th place with times of 32:11.6 and 32:19.3, respectfully.

Both cross country teams will now prepare for the national championship meet, which will take place on Saturday, November 18th in Evansville, Ind.