Oct. 26, 2013
HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Grand Valley State cross country teams extended their GLIAC Championship winning streaks on Saturday (Oct. 26), dominating both the men's and women's races. For the women, it was their 13th straight conference crown, while the men claimed their 12th straight.
The women's team was ranked #1 in the country and the men were #3 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association heading in to the conference championship, and both teams lived up to their ranking.
The women's team, which had three student-athletes place in the top five, tallied only 30 points to easily outdistance Saginaw Valley State (84) in second place. The five scored runners for the Lakers all finished inside the top 11.
Allyson Winchester, who finished first in the GLIAC Championship race in 2012, finished in second this year with a time of 22:09.4 on the 6k course. Jessica Janecke was third (22:16.1), while Courtney Brewis came across in fifth (22:28.5).
Finishing out the scoring for the Lakers were Hannah Osborn in ninth (22:38.2) and Jordan Chester in 11th (22:43.7). Also running for GVSU were Molly Slavens, who finished 17th (22:59.1), and Madie Rodts, who crossed in 18th (22:59.2).
Winchester, Janecke and Brewis all earned First Team All-GLIAC honors by finishing in the top seven, while Osborn and Chester were named Second Team All-GLIAC.
On the men's side, the Lakers were even more dominating in their victory, placing their top five runners inside the top seven, while all seven runners were inside the top 14. GVSU racked up only 21 points to easily beat Malone's second-place total of 95 points.
The men's race was won by GVSU's own Brent Showerman, who turned in an 8k time of 25:18.8 to win the race by nearly 10 seconds. He paced a group of Lakers that had all seven student-athletes place in the top 14 of the final results.
With the victory, Showerman was named the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. It is the ninth straight year that a Laker has won the men's race and been named the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Finishing in third in the race was Chad Cini with a time of 25:32.0, while fourth went to Alan Peterson with a time of 25:33.1. Finishing sixth was Larry Julson (25:36.6), while Spencer Pageau came across in seventh (25:37.6). All five scored Lakers, by virtue of finishing in the top seven, were named First Team All-GLIAC.
Head coach Jerry Baltes was named the GLIAC Head Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's side. It is the 10th time Baltes has won the men's honor. On the women's side, it is the 11th time Baltes has won, including seven straight now.
The Lakers will now prepare for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship, which will be held on November 9th in Kenosha, Wis.