Sept. 29, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The third-ranked Grand Valley State women's cross country team took on a plethora of Division I competition on Saturday (Sept. 29) at the Greater Louisville Classic and came away with a 13th-place finish in the gold 5k as the top Division II school in the race.
There were three races at the event, all 5k courses with the gold race being the top race of the event. The Lakers had their top runners in the gold race with other student-athletes participating in the blue race.
The meet took place at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park, the same site where the women's cross country squad won the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship.
The highlight for the Lakers came from freshman Jessica Janecke (Scales Mound, Ill./Wahlert Catholic), who finished in 30th with a time of 17:25.99, one of the fastest women's 5k cross country times in school history.
Sophomore Allyson Winchester (Wayland, Mich./Middleville) crossed the line in 48th with a time of 17:36.50.
Sophomore Hannah Osborn (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and junior Courtney Brewis (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) were just outside the top 100, placing 102nd (18:01.67) and 104th (18:02.83), respectively.
Sophomore Madie Rodts (Niles, Mich.) finished 126th (18:12.49) as the last Laker scored in the field for GVSU.
The Lakers finished with a team total of 392 points. Arizona (71) won the gold event, with Washington (80) just behind. Michigan State and Arkansas tied for third (135), while Penn State (161) rounded out the top five.
In the blue 5k race, the Lakers came away with a third-place finish, totaling 190 team points with a very consistent effort as all five scored GVSU student-athletes finishing between 25th and 53rd.
Junior Molly Slavens (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) was the top finisher in the race for the Lakers, crossing the line in 25th with a time of 18:26.75.
Winning the blue race was West Virginia with 41 team points. Penn State (134) came home in second just ahead of GVSU. Ferris State (221) and Eastern Illinois (226) rounded out the top five.
"We had some positive results out of all of the races today," commented head coach Jerry Baltes on his team's performance. "Jessica (Janecke) ran one of the fastest times in school history and our second groups had a very nice performance against other schools' varsity squads. We are confident that this big race experience will pay off at the end of the season."
The Lakers will next take part in the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships on Friday (Oct. 5) at 4 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Mich.