Sept. 28, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The Grand Valley State cross country teams took to the course against a host of Division I talent on Saturday (Sept. 27) and came away with some solid performances. Both Laker teams held their own against the D-I opponents and against a fellow Division II powerhouse.
The men's squad, which entered the race third in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings, came away with a 12th-place finish in the field of 24 that included 21 Division I schools. The only D-II squad to finish higher was the USTFCCCA #1 team, Adams State. The Lakers had 288 points.
As a team, GVSU put its top seven runners between 38th and 97th in the standings. Pacing the way for the Lakers was junior Alan Peterson, who crossed the line 38th in a time of 25:08. Just behind him was senior Larry Julson (47th, 25:14) and senior Brent Showerman (53rd, 25:18). Rounding out the scoring was sophomore Ricky Perez in 69th (25:31) and senior Josh Moskalewski in 81st (25:38). Finishing 82nd was sophomore Spencer Pageau (25:39), and sophomore Joe Duff snuck in to the top 100 with a 97th-place finish in a time of 25:48.
The women, who entered the invite as the top-ranked Division II team in the USTFCCCA rankings, finished ninth in a field of 28 teams, 26 of which were Division I squads. The other D-II squad in the field, Adams State, finished 11th and is ranked second in the USTFCCCA poll. The Lakers tallied 264 points in the meet.
GVSU placed its top seven runners between 29th and 87th, with sophomore Jessica Janecke leading the way with a time of 21:43. Junior Allyson Winchester was 46th (22:02) as she crossed the line with senior Courtney Brewis, who was tagged as 48th with a time of 22:03. The final two scorers for the Lakers were freshman Kendra Foley in 64th (22:18) and junior Hannah Osborn in 77th (22:26). Rounding out the top seven were freshman Alison Work (85th, 22:31) and sophomore Jordan Chester (87th, 22:32).
The men's and women's teams will face another plethora of Division I talent on Friday (Oct. 4) when the Lakers take part in the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.