Oct. 2, 2004
Grand Valley State's women's cross country team finished in seventh place out of 24 teams at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. Marquette University captured the team title on the women's side.
"I am really pleased with how we handled the pressure of running against some tough schools," said head coach Jerry Baltes. "There is no doubt we are and will be a much better team then we showed today. It was a great learning experience that will prepare us for the big meets down the road."
Senior Krista O'Dell finished in first place for the Lakers and 22nd overall with a career best time of 18:06. The mark was the fourth fastest time in Laker history. In her first collegiate meet for the Lakers, redshirt freshman Ashley Wharton took 31st with a time of 18:15, the seventh fastest time in school history. Sophomore Sarah Jaquith ran the ninth fastest time in school history with a 18:29 for 42nd place, while senior Steph Kuhlman placed 51st with a time of 18:44. Senior Diana Martin-Painter ran a 18:46, and Bridgette Beeny placed 68th with a 18:53, Adrian Chouinard ran a 18:53.
"Krista is doing a very nice job for us in setting the tone for races. As we get to the championship races she will continue to raise the level race by race," said Baltes. "We are pleased with Ashley's focus these past few weeks. She has worked very hard to put herself in a position to help this program out. She is someone that will continue to improve each week and each race."
"Sarah is one of the most reliable people on our squad," added Baltes. "When the gun goes off you know Sarah is going to show up and get the job done."
"We still have a few of our top runners not in the line up or still
battling small injuries," said Baltes. "We feel once we can get Kara Egan and Steph Kuhlman at 100% injury wise there fitness will take off and we will progress even faster as a team."
"The great thing about this womens squad is that they understand what is important (GLIAC, Regionals, Nationals), and they will bounce back with some great training, and a continued focus on becoming one of the best teams in the nation," added Baltes.
Grand Valley will host the Michigan Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Hudsonville, Mich. on Friday, Oct. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
For complete results of the Loyola-Lakefront Invitational, please click on the link below: Results