Now that's what you call a doubleheader sweep.

The Grand Valley State men's and women's cross-country teams both won Division II national championships in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The championship is the sixth in women's program history, and the first in men's history after finishing runner-up four times.

"Our guys just got out here, in terrible conditions, it was a sloppy, muddy mess, they were in a lot of pain, and they dug down," coach Jerry Baltes said.

"It was exciting for our entire program."

Grand Valley becomes the third program to sweep both titles, joining Adams State (four times) and Western State (twice), both from Colorado.


Sarah Berger, a graduate student, won the individual women's championship, recording a time of 22:07.07 in the 6K race. Juniors Allie Ludge from Grand Rapids and Hanna Groeber finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while senior Gina Patterson was ninth.

The women won in a runaway, while the men held off Colorado Mines.

On the men's side in the 10K, senior Zach Panning was runner-up, in 31:53.6. Sophomore Enael Woldemichael from Grand Rapids was sixth. Panning might've been in contention to win had he not fallen in the first 30 meters of the race.

"So just to get him that team title was nice," Baltes said. "It was awesome, a little surreal. But at the same time, we had these expectations and knew we could do this on both sides. But you've still gotta go out and take care of business and execute the race plan and run hard.

"Huge props to our seven that toed the line, and everyone else in our program. This is a total team effort. Two titles in one day. One's awesome, to get two is very special.

The day had a chance to get even better for the university, with the women's soccer team in the Division II championship match, also in Pittsburgh. The Lakers would've been the first athletic program in NCAA history to win three national titles in one day, though Grand Valley lost to Bridgeport, 1-0.

Both cross-country teams booked it across town to check out their fellow Lakers, as the soccer team was seeking its sixth national title.

For Baltes, in his 20th season, he won his 11th team championship, including cross country and track and field.

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