Top 10 Roundup
No. 5 GVSU and No. 10 So. Indiana race well at Spartan Invite
No. 4 Chico State at Sundodger Invitational
SEATTLE -- The Wildcats showed off at the Sundodger Invitational – hosted by Washington at Lincoln Park Saturday – with their impressive depth.
Isaac Chavez finished second in the Division I Men's Invitational, covering the eight kilometers in 25:52.43, and getting beat at the line by Washington's Aaron Nelson. And by the time he caught his breath enough to look around, his six teammates had all crossed the line as well. Chico State cross country athletes Dayne Gradone and Aaron Thomas.
The Wildcats were not scored as a team because of a new Division I rule, but if they had been, they likely would have finished second – behind Washington, but ahead of Washington State, Gonzaga, Idaho and Seattle University.
Dayne Gradone crossed the line in ninth, Alex McGuirk 22nd and Alfonso Cisneros, Aaron Mora, Aaron Thomas and Johnny Sanchez 26th through 29th, respectively, in the 87-runner field.
No. 5 Grand Valley State at Spartan Invitational
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- At the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State, the Lakers finished inside the top 10 of the non-Division I race.
Junior Alan Peterson finished in third (24:34) to pace GVSU, while senior Larry Julson was just behind in fourth (24:46). Senior Josh Moskalewski finished sixth (24:53) and was followed closely behind by sophomore Chad Cini (eighth; 24:55), sophomore Spencer Pageau (ninth; 24:57) and senior Brent Showerman (10th; 24:58) to give the Lakers six runners in the top 10.
Strong finishes were also had by sophomore Ricky Perez (21st; 25:25), sophomore Casey Routledge (22nd; 25:25) and junior Steve Krauss (23rd; 25:56). Sophomore Joe Duff (27th; 25:32) and freshman Mitchell Wilkins (28th; 25:33) also recorded top-30 finishes.
No. 8 Edinboro at Wisconsin-Parkside Midwest Open
KENOSHA, Wis. -- No. 8 Edinboro finished second out of 15 teams at the UW-Parkside Midwest Open on Saturday, losing out to Division I Butler by 15 points. Thanks to a one-two-three finish, Butler totaled 25 points. Edinboro had five of the top 11 finishers to total 40 points.
Butler's Erik Peterson captured the individual title, covering the 8K course in a time of 24:44.9. Edinboro's top finisher was Dustin Thomas, who garnered a fifth place finish with a time of 25:03.3. Bryan Deibel was sixth at 25:16.6. Matt Link came in eighth (25:27.3), with Michael Thielman in tenth (25:29.6). Dylan Stevens completed the Edinboro scorers with an 11th place showing, crossing the line in 25:34.2.
No. 10 Southern Indiana at Spartan Invitational
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Sophomore Johnnie Guy and junior Tyler Pence finished first and third, respectively, Friday afternoon to lead the No. 10 University of Southern Indiana men's cross country team at the Michigan State University Spartan Invitational.
Guy finished in 24:09 to edge Michigan State's Caleb Rhynard, who was first amongst Division I competitors and second overall. Guy's time ranks him third on USI's all-time 8k performance list and is just 26 seconds shy of four-time Great Lakes Valley Conference champion Jim Nolan's school record.
Pence, who was second amongst non-Division I opponents, also shot up USI's all-time 8k list, moving past 2011 GLVC champion and two-time All-American Brendan Devine into fourth place. Pence completed the race in 24:24.00, 10 seconds ahead of Grand Valley State University's Alan Peterson, who was fourth overall.
No team scores were kept Friday, but had the event been a scored competition, the Screaming Eagles would have finished third overall behind the host Spartans and the No. 5 Grand Valley State Lakers.