Oct. 4, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Grand Valley State cross country teams each had strong showings at the 2013 Notre Dame Invitational on Friday (Oct. 4) afternoon, as the men's squad dominated the Gold race and the women's team finished second against a wealth of Division I competition.
With only a handful of non-Division I schools in both the men's and women's races, the Lakers were able to show their muscle once again against the higher division.
The men's team dominated the field in the race, tallying only 40 points en route to the victory, easily outdistancing North Central (Ill.), who finished second with 78 points.
Alan Peterson led the way for the Lakers, finishing second with a time of 25:35.7. He led a group of four Lakers that finished inside the top 11, as Josh Moskalewski was fourth (25:38.4), Brent Showerman was ninth (25:50.7) and Chad Cini was 11th (25:52.3). Finishing out the scoring for the Lakers was Joe Duff, who crossed in 17th with a time of 26:01.1. Ricky Perez (19th; 26:03.7) and Kyle Flores (31st; 26:18.5) also had strong showings.
In the men's "Open" race, Casey Routledge finished third with a time of 25:48.6, which would have been good for a top eight finish in the Gold race.
For the women, it was a narrow margin as the Lakers finished second with 63 points. Winning the Gold race was Southern Illinois with 52 points.
The top finisher for the Lakers was Jessica Janecke, who came across fifth with a time of 17:42.5, which would have been good enough for a 29th-place finish in the Blue race that consisted of a host of ranked Division I squads. Courtney Brewis (ninth; 17:48.6) and Kendra Foley (12th; 17:51.8) each recorded top 15 finishes, with Foley also becoming the first freshman to cross the finish line. Hannah Osborn (16th; 18:10.6) and Allyson Winchester (21st; 18:20.3) finished out the scoring for GVSU. Madie Rodts (32nd; 18:27.1) and Jordan Chester (34th; 18:27.4) were also among the top seven finishers for the Lakers.
The Lakers will stick close to home next week when GVSU competes at the Muskegon Jayhawk Invitational in Muskegon, Mich. at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 11th.