Sept. 18, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State's men's and women's cross country teams hosted the annual Spartan Invitational Friday afternoon marking their only home meet of the 2009 season.
2009 Spartan Invitational Results
College Men | College Women
High School Boys Elite | High School Girls Elite
High School Boys Green | High School Girls Green
High School Boys White | High School Girls White
JV Boys | JV Girls
Middle School Boys | Middle School Girls
MSU senior Emily MacLeod finished first for the Spartans, as well as first overall in the collegiate women's 6k race with a time of 21:07. Junior Carlie Green finished second (21:37) for the Spartans and fourth overall, while junior Rebekah Smeltzer took eight overall and third for the team with a time of 21:53. Junior Emily Langenberg came in fourth for the green and white (22:11), while taking 13th place overall. Rounding out the top 20 was Tiffany Abrahamian, who took 17th place overall (22:22), and fifth for the Spartan women.
On the men's side, senior Patrick Grosskopf was the top finisher for the Spartans with a time of 24:53, and fourth overall in the men's collegiate 8K race. Senior Spencer Beatty came in second for the team (25:03), and sixth overall, cutting nine second off his time from the 2008 Spartan Invitational. He was followed by junior Alex Russeau two seconds later who posted third place for the Spartans (25:05), and eighth overall. Classmate Joseph Dimambro, finished 13th overall (25:24), and claimed fourth place on the men's team. Junior Aaron Simoneau (25:31) and senior Max Goldak (25:33) rounded out the top 20, coming in 15th and 17th place, respectively.
The event drew more than 4,200 competitors ranging in age from middle school to college athletes, and totaled 12 races on the Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing.
Josh Karanja took first place in the men's collegiate race running unattached for Eastern Michigan (24:31), followed by Emmanuel Korir of the Playmakers Racing Team.
Today marked only the second race as a Spartan for junior Alex Russeau, who transferred to MSU from Siena Heights University this year.
For updated results and information visit msuspartans.com throughout the day.