Women's Race features pair of top-10 teams in Oregon and MSU
MSU women set to defend Big Ten title
Caleb Rhynard and the Spartan women look to represent MSU on national stage.
Rhynard earns automatic individual bid to Nationals with fourth-place overall finish.
Spartans look to secure automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.
On Sept. 13, Michigan State cross country hosted the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational at Forest Akers East.
Established a new personal-best 6K time (19:53) at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Oregon, finishing as the runner-up behind teammate Rachele Schulist ... Won the Spartan Invitational for the second straight year with a time of 21:03 ... Finished ninth at both the Roy Griak Invitational (21:30) and the Wisconsin Invitational (19:56)
Won the Spartan Invitational with a 6k time of 20:54... Turned in a runner-up finish as she ran a6k time of 20:56.90 at the Big Ten Championships... Finished fifth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a 6k time of 20:23... Placed 22nd with a 6k time of 20:13 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational... Had a 6k time of 20:49.10 at the NCAA Championships for 44th place... Finished 12th at the Roy Griak Invitational with a 5k time of 21:15...Earned first team All-Conference honors...Received All-Region honors.
Ran a time of 21:39 to finish 11th at the Spartan Invitational...Placed 18th at the Louisville Classic with a time of 17:14.14...Competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, placing 48th with a time of 20:27...Clocked a personal-best 6k time of 20:24.60 at the Big Ten Championships, finish in fourth-place overall...Recorded a time of 20:41 to finish 12th at the Great Lakes Regional...Ran at the NCAA Championships, placing 122nd with a time of 20:55.5...Earned first team All-Conference honors...Received All-Region honors.
Finished fourth at the Jeff Drenth Memorial in a time of 18:58.07 ... Placed 15th at the Spartan Invitational with a time of 21:21 ... Ran the Roy Griak Invitational in a time of 21:45.8 ... Competed in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, posting a time of 21:22.60 ... Finished 27th at the Big Ten Championships in a time of 21:00 ... Placed 33rd at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in a time of 21:27.1 ... Ran the NCAA Championships in a time of 21:50.
Competed unattached at the EMU Fall Classic and placed seventh with a time of 18:34.7.
A four-year letterwinner at Croswell-Lexington High School ... Was the state champion in the 800m and 1600m her final two seasons ... Finished third in the state in the 800m and 1600m as a sophomore, while also finishing 13th in cross country ... As a freshman, placed sixth in the 800m at the state meet ... Team captain her senior season in both cross country and track & field.
Born on Aug. 30, 1992 ... Daughter of George and Janet O'Connor ... Has four brothers, Scott, Patrick, George III, who is currently on the cross country and track & field teams at Oakland University, and Andrew; and has one sister, Allison, who ran track & field at Central Michigan...Majoring in broadcast journalism.