LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the third consecutive year, and the fourth time in five seasons, Grand Valley State received the championship trophy as Division II national champions at the EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville on Saturday afternoon.
The Lakers dominated the field by placing six runners in the top 40, including the first three runners in the event, to take 50 points. The next closest team was Hillsdale, which scored 115 points to place second.
"It's tough to win one championship, let alone three in a row," said Laker coach Jerry Baltes. "Our women really executed our race plan very well today by getting out front and establishing position. It's a huge credit to our entire program and the mindset that they have taken day in and day out over the course of the seasons."In addition to the team title, sophomore Kendra Foley became the second Laker in school history to win the individual title. Foley, named the 2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Runner of the Year after a first-place finish at the 2014 GLIAC Championships, earned her first place finish with a time of 21:05.8.
Foley was joined by Allyson Winchester and Jessica Janecke to round out the top three. Winchester placed second with a time of 21:11.5, while Janecke finished with a time of 21:14.7 to place third.
"What can I say about the front three? Simply outstanding," Baltes said. "We felt as the season progressed that all three could make a run at the individual title."
In her final race as a Laker, senior Hannah Osborn earned All-America honors placing 22nd with a time of 21:49.7. Joining her in the top 40 were Jordan Chester (21:59.2) in 34th and Amy Creutz (22:03.1) in 37th, while Kelly Haubert placed 53rd with a time of 22:20.2.
The women win their 3rd straight national championship and go 123 individually as well!!! pic.twitter.com/dtqx7FtjpW— GVSU Track and Field (@GVSU_XC_TF) December 6, 2014