Sept. 8, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State cross country runner junior Alex Russeau (LaSalle, Mich.) has been named Big Ten Male Runner of the Week as announced by the conference office today. Russeau, in his first meet as a Spartan, ran away from the competition on Friday at the Jeff Drenth Memorial hosted by Central Michigan University, finishing the 5,000-meter course with a time of 15:35.8, six seconds ahead of the next runner. This marks the first honor for Russeau in his career.
"It's a great honor for him," said director of cross country and track & field Walt Drenth. "Alex did a great job last weekend for us. I am most pleased with how seriously he has taken responsibility. He not only will help the team, but he has made a lot of progress this summer, and it was all on his shoulders."
This is the first Spartan laurel for the men since Oct. 24, 2006, when Amol Huprikar was honored by the conference.
Russeau and the Spartans return to action on Friday, Sept. 18, when they host the Spartan Invitational, their lone home meet of the fall. The women begin action at 1 p.m., while the men follow at 1:35 p.m.