ASHLAND, Ohio — Third-ranked Grand Valley State won its 10th consecutive GLIAC championship on Saturday afternoon, placing five runners in the top six spots to dominate the field at the Brookside Golf Course.
Senior Anthony Witt won the individual title, crossing the line first in a time of 25:24.34 to earn GLIAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors.
Just behind him helping sweep the podium were seniors Tyler Emmorey, who finished second in a time of 25:28.72 and Ryan Toth who placed third with a time of 25:44.60.
Finishing in fifth was junior Brent Showerman (25:56.83) and sixth was senior Nathan Knisely (25:59.41).
Sophomore Ryan Ziolko gave the Lakers six runners in the top 10 as he finished tenth with a time of 26:12.30.
Not far behind him were sophomores Josh Moskalewski (12th; 26:14.27) and Larry Julson (13th; 26:16.48), last season’s GLIAC Freshman of the Year.
Senior Paul Zielinski rounded out the GVSU field, finishing 30th with a time of 26:54.19.
The Lakers finished with a staggering total of only 17 points, only two points off of the minimum amount possible. Finishing in the top five were Ashland (71), Wayne State (93), Ferris State (119) and Hillsdale (151).
“We had outstanding efforts today from both squads in another muddy mess of a course,” head coach Jerry Baltes said of his team’s performances. “Our men raced very tough after a fast early pace. They did a great job of moving together and picking one another up in the race.”