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Winchester earns weekly USTFCCCA honor

As the nationally ranked Grand Valley State University cross country teams continue to shine, so too do its individual athletes. GVSU senior runners Allyson Winchester and Alan Peterson are the latest Lakers to be recognized with individual accolades.

Winchester was tabbed as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Cross Country Division II National Female Athlete of the Week earlier this week, while Peterson was named the GLIAC Cross Country Male Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Winchester (Wayland, Mich.) led the way for GVSU with an impressive performance in the Gold Race at the 2014 Notre Dame Invitational. She brought home a third-place finish in the 5K with a time of 16:52.0 while competing alongside more than 215 student athletes.

Meanwhile, Peterson (Ironwood, Mich.) finished second in the men’s 5-mile Gold Race with a time of 23:59.8 against 180 other runners in what proved to be a triumphant day for GVSU: Both the No. 1 Laker women and No. 2 Laker men finished in first place.

Club water ski team gears up for nationals

On Monday, the Grand Valley State University water ski club qualified for the National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) Division 1 Nationals in Zachary, La. from Oct. 16-18.

GVSU, which is ranked 12th in the nation, learned its fate Monday after finishing in eighth place at regionals. GVSU is one of nine teams from the Midwest to qualify for nationals.

The Lakers will compete against the top Division 1 teams in the nation in the 12-team event, which will be hosted by Bennett’s Water Ski and Wakeboard School.

Club dodgeball team hosts tournament

The Grand Valley State University club dodgeball team is off to yet another impressive start this season, and has a rare opportunity to compete in front of its home crowd this weekend at Fieldhouse Arena.

GVSU, the reigning National Collegiate Dodgeball Association (NCDA) champion, is hosting a tournament on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Lakers enter the tournament with an 8-0 record.