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Cross Country Runs in the 2019 GLIAC Championships

Rebecca Lathrop (Left) and David Mitter (Right)

WESTVILLE, Ind. - The Lake Superior State men's and women's cross country teams competed in the 2019 GLIAC Cross Country Championships in Westville, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Mitter earned First Team All-GLIAC Honors as he finished among the Top-Ten finishers in the race. Mitter posted a time of 24:37.9 in the 8,000-meter distance to place tenth overall among his conference competitiors. 

The men's team finished in tenth place with 284 points at the 8,000-meter distance while the women's team finished in eleventh place with 331 points at the 6,000-meter distance. The Lakers had a strong showing from both teams in the event as 11 of the 12 Laker athletes set new personal records.

On the men's side, all six runners set either a collegiate personal record or a season personal record. Mitter led the way for the Lakers as his time was almost 40 seconds faster than his previous 8,000-meter best at the 2018 GLIAC Cross Country Championships when he ran a 25:16.6. Junior Peter Shambaugh was the next Laker finisher as he posted a collegiate personal record of 26:52.0 to finish 85th overall. Junior Kendal Delpiere set a 2019 season personal record with a a time of 27:10.0 to finish 89th overall. Freshmen Daniel Anderson and Kevin Garland each had a solid first GLIAC Championship race as Anderson's 29:59.4 and Garland's 30:44.3 were both collegiate personal records for the runners. Laker sophomore Eric Somsky rounded out the team's runners as he finished with a time of 34:10.4 to set a new collegiate personal record.

The Laker women's team ran well in the GLIAC's as four athletes set collegiate personal records and one set a new season personal record. Senior Rebecca Lathrop was the first Laker female to cross the finish line as she placed 78th overall with a time of 24:41.4. Junior Alexis Passino's time of 25:11.9 was good for 87th place overall and a collegiate personal record. Sophomore Leah Bell was the third Laker female to complete the distance as she finished 91st overall with a collegiate personal record time of 25:32.2. Junior Emily Merten also set a collegiate personal record as her time of 25:45.3 placed her as the 95th finisher. Sophomore Caitlyn Schumann posted a collegiate personal record of 27:05.4 to finish 109th overall. Senior Melody Perrin rounded out the female team's finishers as she set a new season personal record with a 28:15.3.  

2019 GLIAC Cross Country Championships -- Team Results
Men's Standings   Women's Standings
Place School Points   Place School Points
1.   Grand Valley St.  44   1.  Grand Valley St  17
2.  Michigan Tech  57   2.  Saginaw Valley  89
3.  Saginaw Valley 61    3.  Michigan Tech  92
4.  Wayne State (Mich.)  113   4.  Wayne State (Mich.) 109 
5.  Wis.-Parkside  154   5.  Northern Michigan  123
6.  Northwood (Mich.)  183   6.  Ferris State  159
7.  Ashland  197   7.  Wis.-Parkside  206
8.  Ferris State  231   8.  Ashland  245
8.   Purdue Northwest  243   9.   Northwood (Mich.)  257
10.  Lake Superior State  284   10.  Purdue Northwest  267
11.  Davenport 293    11.  Lake Superior State 331
--       12.  Davenport  336

Lake Superior State Men's Results:

Jr. David Mitter - 10th overall, 24:37.9 *Collegiate PR* 

Jr. Peter Shambaugh - 85th overall, 26:52.0 *Collegiate PR* 

Jr. Kendal Delpiere - 89th overall, 27:10.0 *Season PR* 

Fr. Daniel Anderson - 110th overall, 29:59.4 *Collegiate PR* 

Fr. Kevin Garland - 112th overall, 30:44.3 *Collegiate PR* 

So. Eric Somsky - 113th overall, 34:10.4 *Collegiate PR* 

Lake Superior State Women's Results:

Sr. Rebecca Lathrop - 78th overall, 24:41.4

Jr. Alexis Passino - 87th overall, 25:11.9 *Collegiate PR* 

So. Leah Bell - 91st overall, 25:32.2 *Collegiate PR* 

Jr. Emily Merten - 95th overall, 25:45.3 *Collegiate PR* 

So. Caitlyn Schumann - 109th overall, 27:05.4 *Collegiate PR* 

Sr. Melody Perrin - 112th overall, 28:15.3 *Season PR* 


The Lakers will look to build on their success at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 9 as they are set to compete in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Indiana.

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