Grand Valley State Men Finish Second at NCAA Championships

Grand Valley State Men Finish Second at NCAA Championships

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The Grand Valley State men's cross country team recorded a second-place finish Saturday morning at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships in Evansville, Indiana with a team score of 64 points. Saturday's second-place finish marks the second consecutive year that the Laker men's program has finished second.

The GVSU men battled hard throughout the 10k race and placed two runners in the top six, as Zach Panning and Enael Woldemichael were the first two scoring runners for the team. Panning turned in the race of a lifetime as he finished second overall with a time of 30:52.8, while Woldemichael tabbed a sixth place finish with a time of 31:07.0.

Wuoi Mach, who has had a breakout season for the Lakers, finished 11th with a time of 31:19.6 and Brady Selner crossed the finish line at 31:43.4 for 26th place. Abe Visser was the fifth scorer for GVSU, placing 34th with a time of 31:49.3.

Also running for the Laker men were Sean Fontana with a 68th place finish (32:25.00) and Trevor Sharnas who finished 77th with a time of 32:30.3.

The Lakers also had five athletes finish with All-American honors after they placed in the top 40 with Zach Panning, Enael Woldemichael, Wuoi Mach, Brady Selner and Abe Visser.

Adams State finished first with 44 points, followed by Grand Valley State, Colorado Mines (85 points), Western State (215 points), and Cal Baptists (229).

The United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association will announce the national awards recipients throughout the week, and honors will be posted on when they become public.