2018 FloXC Countdown: #3 Grand Valley State Men

null

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

Follow our 2018 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top cross country teams in the NCAA this season, which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 3 men’s spot in DII goes to Grand Valley State, and here's why:

Probable Top Five:

SR Zach Panning (13:52 5K; 29:05 10K; 2nd at ’17 NCAA XC)

SO Enael Woldemichael (13:54 5K; 6th at ’17 NCAA XC)

SO Abe Visser (14:22 5K; 34th at ’17 NCAA XC)

SR Josh Steible (9:06 3K ST; 14:39 5K)

JR Jacob Domagalski (4:11 Mile; 9:02 3K SC)

Impact Freshmen/Transfers:

N/A

Analysis:

In senior Zach Panning and sophomore Enael Woldemichael, Grand Valley State will have arguably the best 1-2 punch in Division II in 2018. After finishing second at NCAAs for the second straight year, the Lakers will rely on their top dogs to contend up front to have any hope of finally breaking through with a title.

Panning and Woldemichael each ended the spring with a bang, going 1-2 in the NCAA 5K to give a little preview of what they might be capable of on the grass. Panning has finished in the top five at NCAA XC for three straight years— including last season’s runner-up finish— and his win on the track proves he’s in the best shape of his life. The match-up between Panning and Adams State’s Sydney Gidabuday for the individual title should be fantastic this December.

Woldemichael was one of the better freshmen in the country— regardless of division— and he’ll look to build on his sixth place showing from nationals last November.

GVSU does have another All-American returning in Abe Visser, who was 34th at NCAAs in 2017, but the loss of the rest of their top seven— including two top-30 finishers— will leave the Lakers with some question marks entering the fall. 

A new wave of quality recruits will arrive like they always do, but unless another stud freshman of Woldemichael’s quality is waiting in the wings, Grand Valley State seems lacking in depth compared to the two teams above them. But there’s no doubt head coach Jerry Baltes should like what he has in his fearsome top-three.

FULL RANKINGS HERE

Samuel Tefera Upsets Yomif Kejelcha, Breaks 1500m WR

Ethiopian Samuel Tefera broke the world record in the 1500m on Saturday, running 3:31.04 in Birmingham, England to better Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark of 3:31.18 from 1997. 

Hassan, Wanders To Race Monaco 5K On Sunday

Monaco is typically known as the home for one of the world’s top Diamond League meets. But this Sunday, a few of the biggest names in the world will take to the roads on the French Riviera in a 5K. The men’s field is highlighted by Julien Wanders, who just broke the European record in the half marathon, while Sifan Hassan is the top entrant for the women.

FloTrack Predicts Top-12 NCAA DMRs For This Weekend

This weekend for most mid-distance squads is called ‘DMR weekend’, where majority of the top DMR schools compete for an NCAA qualifier (Top-12 National Mark).

Weekend Watch Guide: Fast Miles & DMR At UW, Austin Marathon LIVE Sunday

With NCAA conference championships next weekend and many of the top pros coming off of the Millrose Games last Saturday, this upcoming Friday through Sunday will be a little quieter for the top track and field athletes. But there's still plenty of entertaining races coming your way on FloTrack this weekend, from fast mid-distance action in Seattle to our race coverage of the 2019 Austin Marathon and more.

House Of Run: What's Kejelcha's Next Move?

Jason and Kevin discuss Yomif Kejelcha’s almost world record, Ajee Wilson and Donavan Brazier’s American records, the scary scene involving Kemoy Campbell and all the other news from this year’s Millrose Games.

These 58 Returning All-Americans Haven't Qualified For NCAAs Yet

With just two weeks left to qualify for the 2019 Division I NCAA Indoor Championships, there are a lot of big names who have yet to make the top 16 in one of their marquee events. Below is a list of 161 athletes who have the talent or experience to become an All-American this year, but currently do not hold a top-16 mark. Among these athletes, a staggering 58 of them were All-Americans in 2018 (indoors/outdoors).

NCAA 800m Champ Sammy Watson Is Going Pro

2018 NCAA outdoor 800m champion Sammy Watson of Texas A&M, who won nationals as just a freshman last spring, has turned professional, according to the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle.

A Crazy Second Lap And Other Takeaways From Kejelcha's 3:48.46 Mile

null

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

Despite falling short of his goal of breaking Hicham El Guerrouj’s 3:48.45 by an excruciating 0.01 seconds, Yomif Kejelcha’s mile on Saturday completely lived up to the pre-race hype. Not only did he run the fastest time indoors in 22 years, but his inconsistent splits underscored a performance that could have been faster with smoother pacing. And at just 21-years-old, Kejelcha’s near-miss at the Armory felt much more like a triumph than a failure.

Fantastic Update: Kemoy Campbell Is 'Awake And Talking'

Update: Kemoy Campbell posted an update on his Instragram, which included a video of him walking for the first time since arriving at the hospital on Saturday night:

FloSports Partners With KXAN To Air 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon

Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and KXAN, the NBC affiliate station in Austin, announced a partnership to globally broadcast and provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon on FloTrack.com, while KXAN will broadcast to the local Austin Market.