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HILLSDALE, Mich. -- No. 3 Grand Valley State finished second at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, losing out on the team trophy by only one point. Sophomore Joe Graves claimed the individual title by more than six seconds.

Graves finished the 8k course with a time of 26:08.38 while sophomore Lucas Roscoe finished seventh (26:41.77) and sophomore Brandon Cushman finished ninth (26:44.81) to give the Lakers three runners in the top 10 of the standings.

GVSU also got strong races from senior Dan Lucas who finished 14th with a time of 26:49.21) while freshman Kousei Yajima was 18th with a time of 26:58.37 to be the final Laker scored in the team event.

The Lakers were running without their top 12 runners as they rest for next weekend's Penn State Invitational, but still nearly came away with the team title.

"For our men to come within one point of winning the meet while racing without our top 12 really shows the depth of our squad," head coach Jerry Baltes said. "Joe ran a great race to earn the individual title on a tough course and in hot weather conditions to lead our team."

Hillsdale claimed the team title with 43 points while the Lakers collected 44. The top five was rounded out by Wayne State (Mich.) (80), Calvin (148) and Albion (161). The difference was less than a second between Hillsdale and GVSU's average time of their scored runners, as Hillsdale averaged a time of 26:39.59 while GVSU finished at 26:40.51.