Reunion yields Grand Valley NCAA title

Megan Maceratini was glad her former Livonia Churchill High teammate Kylen Cieslak was back on her side.

The two staged quite a reunion for their senior cross country season at Grand Valley State as the Lakers garnered their first-ever NCAA Division II national championship last Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Grand Valley scored 66 points to beat out Western (Colo.) State by 29 points for the team title.

Maceratini, who finished ninth in the 6-kilometer race, posted a time of 21 minutes, 34.3 seconds and was Grand Valley’s second runner.

Cieslak, a transfer from Northwood University, was the Lakers’ fifth runner and placed 26th overall in 21:56.9.

And by placing in the top 30, both earned All-America honors.

In 2006, Maceratini and Cieslak helped Churchill to a runner-up finish in the MHSAA Division 1 state finals. The Chargers tied Rochester Adams for the team title in points, but lost on the sixth-runner tiebreaker.

Both went their separate ways, choosing different GLIAC programs.

Cieslak became the most accomplished women’s distance runner in Northwood history, but yearned for more after obtaining her undergraduate degree in just three years.

Considering a couple of different graduate schools with one year of athletic eligibility remaining, Cieslak decided to enroll at Grand Valley, where she is currently working toward a master’s degree in communications.

“She was my high school teammate, an awesome runner and obviously very good,” Maceratini said. “We ran together in the summer. I was biased. I wanted her to go to Grand Valley because I knew she’d be good addition to the team. I told her to come to Grand Valley and she would not resent it.

“She’s a hard worker who fits in well. Having her on the team was really cool and helped us win NCAA.”

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