Grand Valley St. places three in top 10
No. 3 Lakers finish in second place at Penn State Invitational
State College, Pa. -- No. 3 Grand Valley State nearly pulled off a victory at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday afternoon, despite the majority of the field being Division I competition. The Lakers finished with 55 points, trailing only host Penn State's 47 point total.
In what has been a theme all year and continued on this day, seniors Anthony Witt and Tyler Emmorey ran stride-for-stride with each other yet again, finishing fourth and fifth in the individual standings with times of 26:26 and 26:29, respectively.
Senior Ryan Toth wasn't far behind, finishing 10th with a time of 26:53 to give GVSU three runners in the top 10 of the individual results.
Sophomore Brent Showerman finished 16th with a time of 27:01 and sophomore Josh Moskalewski was 20th with a time of 27:08 as they had strong showings as well.
Junior Joe Graves, winner of last week's cross country meet, finished 28th with a time of 27:22 while sophomore Ryan Ziolko finished 36th with a time of 27:30.
"We got very strong races from our top three runners, our seniors, but our next four runners, our underclassmen, all stepped up and filled some big shoes," head coach Jerry Baltes said of his team's impressive performance. "We had a couple guys under the weather who were banged up."
"The weather was really rough today with rain and a lot of mud. We had runners in both races go down," Baltes added, talking about the day's troublesome conditions.
Penn State won the team title with GVSU finishing second. The top five were rounded out by Duquesne (77), Lehigh (142) and Montana State (177). The next highest finishing Division II school in the race was Lock Haven in eighth-place with 238 points.