No. 9 - Witt excels at Grand Valley State

Friday, December 30, 2011
Shakamak graduate Anthony Witt is shown running cross country for Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Witt ran No. 1 for Lakers all season. This was voted as the No. 9 sports story of 2011 by the Greene County Daily World. Witt voted No. 9 story of the year. (Submitted photo)

The Grand Valley State men's cross country team had another banner season, matching the program's best finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship with a third-place result in Spokane, Wash.

The team won its 10th straight GLIAC Championship and its 10th straight NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship with its performances toward the end of the season.

Senior Anthony Witt of Shakamak High School had the best season in GVSU cross country history as he was named both the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year after finishing in first place at both events.

Witt's accomplishments this fall at GVSU was voted as the No. 9 sports story of the year by the Greene County Daily World.

Witt began the season with a third-place finish at the Division I-heavy Michigan State University Spartan Invite, completing the course in 24 minutes and 30 seconds as the highest finishing Laker.

In another Division I-influenced event, Witt came in third place with a time of 25:04 at the Notre Dame Invite.

Witt then finished fourth at the Penn State National Invitational, the third straight race against mainly Division I opponents, finishing with a time of 26:26. Witt shined in the final events of the season, winning the GLIAC individual championship with a time of 25:24.34 to be named the conference athlete of the year.

He followed that up with an equally impressive showing on the 10K course at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, winning the individual crown with a time of 31:58.5, the only athlete under the 32 minute mark in the race.

In the NCAA Division II National Championship, Witt earned USTFCCCA All-American honors with a 15th-place finish in a time of 31:41.6.