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GRCC men’s cross country wins Lansing Stars Invite, women’s team finishes in top five

(Photo Courtesy of Sharon Becker)

By Emma Marriott

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Lansing Stars Invitational on Friday, Oct. 1 with the men’s team placing first and the women’s team finishing fifth overall.

In a highly anticipated matchup, the men’s team defeated Lansing at the invitational in a 104-112 finish. This is the first time since 2016 that GRCC has been able to defeat LCC. 

Andrew Periard, a regular top 5 performer, was not there to compete. 

“It was a great team win…As a coach it is extremely rewarding to see your guys step up when one of their teammates are down,” said men’s coach Garret Lacy in a text to The Collegiate, “We’ve got to always have a next man up mentality and know that we have each others backs.” 

The women’s team finished fifth out of 15 teams with a score of 182.

“I’m very proud of the team today,” wrote Sharon Becker, the women’s cross country coach, in a text message to The Collegiate. “They ran very tough. Each of the top six were very intentional about giving their best effort at each part of the race. I am very happy with our results. The ladies finishing in fifth place in a mix of much larger schools is phenomenal.”

Men’s 8K individual results 

  • (Second place) Coleman Clark 26:26.2 with a 5:17.3 average time per mile
  • (Third place) Joshua Kipkoech 26:38.4 with a 5:19.7 average time per mile
  • (25th place) Christian Martinez-Ramos 27:38.1 with a 5:31.7 average time per mile

Women’s 5K individual results 

  • (13th place) Kaylee Scott 20:04.2 with a 6:28.5 average time per mile
  • (18th place) Audrey Meyering 20:18.8 with a 6:33.2 average time per mile

“The hard work that the athletes put in in the next two weeks can be a huge building block toward any participation in an NJCAA National XC Meet,” Becker wrote. “The team’s hard work at practices and in workouts as well as what they choose to do and how they choose to recover outside of practice… will surely make a difference and add to their successes.” 

The GRCC cross country teams are preparing for their next Invitational at Muskegon Community College on Saturday, Oct. 16. Competition is expected to begin at 1 p.m. for the men and 1:45 p.m. for the women.

“We have two weeks before our next competition, so it is a great opportunity to get some quality training in and look to make even further improvements,” Lacy said.