AU Men Sixth, Women Eighth at GLIAC Championships

AU Men Sixth, Women Eighth at GLIAC Championships

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Ashland University men's cross country team placed sixth and the women were eighth at the GLIAC Championships on the Calvin College cross country course on Saturday (Nov. 3) morning.

On a mostly cloudy day with temperatures in the mid-40s, the Eagles got their top performance from junior Kyle Shively, who ran the 8k race at a 26:05.5 pace. That was good for 23rd place.

Redshir-sophomore Tyler Sievert was next to cross for Ashland with a time of 26:22.6. Sophomore Nathaniel Redden came in at 26:53.5, sophomore Nick Reimund clocked in at 27:17.2 and sophomore Connor Ingram crossed in 27:37.8.

"It was a little muddy, they got off to a really quick start, which I think threw a lot of them off, but all in all, we still hit some PRs," said head coach Jake Sussman. "Team-wise, they competed really well."

Redshirt-sophomore Duvan Bautista-Catalan was next for the Eagles with a time of 27:29.8, while sophomore Ian Johnson was next at 27:49.2. Freshman Matthew Long came in at 28:01.6 and junior Matt Morris finished in 29:04.2.

Grand Valley State won its 17th straight GLIAC championship with Zach Panning winning the individual title. Saginaw Valley was second and Michigan Tech came in third.

"We really try to peak just for regionals, so we trained hard this week," Sussman said. "We weren't going 100 percent yet for this meet. Our main goal is regionals." 

On the women's side, senior Emily Schumaker was the top finisher for Ashland with a time of 23:29.4 to finish in 34th place at the meet. The women's race was a 6k.

Freshman Abby Moser was second for the Eagles with a time of 23:56.7, while junior Johannah Stefanek came in at 24:38.7. Freshman Destini Oler crossed the line in exactly 25:00.0, immediately followed by junior Haylee Zigan in 25:00.1.

"The men muddied up the course a little bit, but overall they did well," Sussman said.

Sophomore Tracy Morgan finished just behind them with a time of 25:04.7. Sophomore Lexi Butterbaugh (25.27.1) and freshman Cassandra Ponzi (26.05.8) rounded out Ashland's contingent.

Grand Valley State won the conference title and individual honors went to GVSU's Sarah Berger. Michigan Tech was second in the women's race and Saginaw Valley was third.

The Eagles will be off next week before returning to the course on Nov. 17 at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional meet, hosted by Hillsdale College.