(PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania) - The Men's and Women's Cross Country team competed at the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship in Pittsburgh today and both ended their impressive seasons with top 20 finishes. The Women's team placed 12th overall and the Men's team placed 18th.
For the Women's team in the 6K, Senior standout runner Brianna Coy was the first to placed 13th place out of a field of 264 runners with a run time of 23 minutes. After the first checkpoint, Coy remained strong in steady in her position amongst the pack. Coy's 13th place finish earned her 1st Team All-American Honors.
Alexa Leppelmeier finished with a run time of 24:24 on the day. She moved up 18 spots between the last checkpoint and the finish line to give her a 101st place finish. Junior Andra Lehotay finished 119th, running the 6k at 24:32 and Claire Robertson finished the day in 124th place with a race time of 24:36. Hannah Soehnlen(170th), Katelyn Luther(192nd), Alyssa Viscounte(196th) added to the Cavaliers success at the National level. The Cavs raced against 34 other teams competing for the National title.
Former Walsh Cross Country and Track & Field star, Sarah Berger, captured the National Championship title as an individual and helped Grand Valley State secure the team title.
Coming off a 22nd place finish at last years National Championship, the Maroon and Gold made an impressive 4 spot jump in this years event finishing 18th out of 34 teams. Jacob Kernell led the way for the Cavaliers finsihing in 76th place overall with a run time of 34:13. Kernell jumped 8 spots in the last four checkpoints. Junior Jacob Caniford was the next Cavalier to cross the finish line, placing 94th with a run of 34:31. Caniford passed 29 runners in the last 4 checkpoints and Senior Mark Hadley clocked a run time of 35:55 placing him in 127th overall. Noah Murray(134) , Jacob Turner(157), Ed Walsh(175), and Spencer Wirick(216) also contributed to a great all around team finish by the Cavaliers.