Oct. 5, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Michigan State cross country teams took first place finishes in both the men's and women's races at the 2012 Michigan Intercollegiates on Friday hosted by Calvin College. The women finished first overall with a team score of 18 points while the men did not post a team score, due to running four individuals.
"We had a good meet," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Walt Drenth. "We had a lot of people run personal bests and I thought we really competed well."
The competition started with the Men's Varsity 8,000-meter race. Michigan State swept the top-three and finished with four runners in the top-five overall.
Redshirt freshman Andrew Cusmano won the race with a time of 25:04.90. Redshirt junior Travis Borchard was close behind with a career-best time of 25:11.40, good for a second-place finish. Following Borchard was redshirt freshman Eric Buday who finished third with a time of 25:55.30. Rounding out the top-five was redshirt freshman Dan Egner, fifth-overall to cross the finish line in 29:04.70.
"I thought Andrew Cusmano and Travis Borchard did really well," Drenth said. "Andrew is making great progress for a young guy with limited experience, I think he's really starting to figure things out. I was really pleased with his run."
The women solidified why they were ranked 10th in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association weekly poll as seven Spartans finished in the top-10 overall in the Women's Varsity 5,000-meter race.
"I was really proud of the women," said Drenth. "They are what teams in the top-10 in the country should be. You have to have competitive depth and to run like they did shows that if we ran into trouble with any of our top-12, we could easily slip a couple of people in and have things go well."
Senior Katie Haines had a first-place overall finish with a time of 17:36.90. Next to cross the finish for MSU was redshirt sophomore Angela Swain, who placed second overall in a time of 17:52.40. Redshirt junior Meggan Freeland placed fourth overall with a time of 18:07.30, while redshirt sophomore Abbey Kelto finished in 18:11, good for fifth-place.
"Katie Haines can be a tremendous asset to us when we get to the Championships," Drenth said. "She's been in the top-20 in the Big Ten. If she can get anywhere close to that in the next couple weeks, we'll be a much better team and certaintly solidify our chances of finishing in the top-20 at Nationals."
The Spartans will travel to Madison, Wis., on Friday, Oct. 12 for Wisconsin adidas Invitational hosted by Wisconsin. Racing begins at 12 p.m. at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.