Oct. 21, 2007
Erie, Pa. - Grand Valley State continued its dominance in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference by claim its seventh straight GLIAC Women's Cross Country Championship with a team score 20, outdistancing second place Wayne State by an incredible 62 points. GVSU will now begin preparations for the NCAA DII Great Lakes Regional Championship in two weeks.
The Laker women stuck together throughout the entire race and finished second through ninth ranging in time from 22:35.17 - 23:08.71. GVSU placed 10 runners among the top 19 finishers.
Junior Kelly Gibbons finished second overall (22:35), while senior Susie Rivard was third (22:43). Freshman Lori Burgess, who was named the GLIAC Freshman of the Year, crossed the finish line in fourth (22:44). Fellow freshmen, Rebecca Winchester and Megan Maceratini, also worthy of Freshman of the Year honors, finished fifth (22:48) and sixth (22:50), respectively. Rounding out the Laker lineup were sophomores Leah Borns (7th/22:53), and Lynsey Ardingo (8th/22:56) and freshman Katherine McCarthy (9th/23:08). Freshman Amy Kolin crossed the finish line in 15th (23:23) and junior Sarah Kulczycki was 19th (23:41).
"This was an exciting day for our squads to keep the streak of GLIAC championship going on both sides is something we are all very proud of," said head coach Jerry Baltes. "Our women raced in a group and did a great job of moving up to the front."
Baltes added, "Kelly (Gibbons) and Susie (Rivard) did a good job of leading our younger runners through the course and keeping them in the group. Lori Burgess did a great job of earning the Freshman of the Year award, but we had three other freshman (Megan Maceratini, Katherine McCarthy, and Rebecca Winchester) in the top nine that were also very deserving of the honor. Our freshmen had great races today in the first GLIAC Championship of their career."