MARQUETTE, Mich – The Lake Superior State men's cross country team competed at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships, held at Gentz's Homestead Golf Course. The Laker men, with a team score of 230, finished in 9th place out of 11 teams on the 8,000 meter course.
Freshman David Mitter led Lake Superior with a 16th place finish. For his performance, Mitter was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team – the first runner from Lake Superior to be so named since the teams were first announced in 2007.
"David's performance is indicative of the work he's put in throughout the season," said Lakers head coach Rob Gallinger. "Myself and the team are proud of him and he's put himself in a great position to compete at the conference level for years to come."
Mitter's time of 26:09.1 earned his team 14 points. He had the 3rd best finish among freshman.
Garrett Smith took 32nd place, running a 26:51.5 and earning 30 points. With a time of 28:24, Kendal Delpiere earned 57 points for Lake Superior and a 66th place finish.
Finishing in 73rd place, Parker Wyngaard ran a 28:47.1, good for 62 points. Finishing up scoring for the Lakers, Zachary Workman took 81st place by running a time of 29:14.1. His finish resulted in 67 points.
Lake Superior's Peter Shambaugh and Michael Gills placed 84th and 87th respectively, with Shambaugh running a time of 29:22.7 and Gills with a 29:36.6 time. Their respective point totals of 70 and 72 were not factored into the overall score of the team.
Rounding out the field for the Lakers were Dylan Richards (29:38 – 88th) and Jack Miles (29:42.6 – 93rd).
Grand Valley State took the top spot, with the top seven members of the team claiming 2nd thru 8th place. First place overall went to Tiffin's James Ngandu, whose time of 24:27.4 was 13 seconds better than the next best runner.