MSU will face off against 35 of the nation's top-ranked teams.
Men and women each earn runner-up team finishes on Friday.
Part four of our four-part preview of the 2012 MSU Cross Country team.
Coming off back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2010 and 2011, the Women's Cross Country team has secured several new additions to the program.
Spartan women look to defend 2010 Big Ten crown.
Placed 36th at the EMU Fall classic with a 6k time of 19:07.00... Turned in a 15th-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiates with a 5k time of 19:13.75... Finished 107th at the Spartan Invitational with a 6k time of 23:38.
Placed sixth at the Michigan Intercollegiates with a time of 18:15.30...Ran a time of 18:45.43 to finish ninth at the JayHawk Invitational...Competed at the EMU Fall Classic, placing 44th with a time of 20:08.80.
Finished fifth at the Jeff Drenth Memorial with a time of 19:01.10 ... Ran the Spartan Invitational in a time of 22:21 ... Placed fifth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships in a time of 18:44.87 ... Finished sixth in the Eastern Michigan Fall Classic, crossing the finish in 18:11.27.
Competed unattached in the EMU Fall Classic and placed 14th with a time 18:53.6.
A four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track & field at Allendale High School for Grant Lofdahl ... Won the state cross country championships her sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Turned in a personal-best time of 18:00 her senior year ... Team was runner-up in 2009 and third in both 2006 and 2008 ... Earned all-state honors each year of high school ... Earned all-conference and all-district honors in cross country all four seasons ... Placed 22nd at the 2009 Foot Locker Midwest Regional with a time of 18:57 ... Competed at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... Won the Team Michigan Mid-East Cross Country Qualifying Meet with a first-place time of 18:29 ... Named team MVP for the cross country team in 2008 and 2009 and the track team &field team in 2010 ... Turned in a personal-best time of 11:09 in the two-mile run, 5:10 in the mile run, 2:17 in the 800m and .61 in the 400m her senior season ... Named Female Athlete of the Year.
Born June 12, 1992 ... Daughter of Geoffrey John and Tammy Postma ... Majoring in studio art.