Oct. 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State cross country team is set to compete in-state at the EMU Fall Classic on Friday, Oct. 25. Hosted by the Eastern Michigan, the meet will be held in Dexter, Mich., and be the final competition for the Spartans before the Big Ten Championship. The men’s 8,000-meter race will begin at 4 p.m. at Hudson Mills Metro Park, followed by the women’s 6,000-meter race at 4:30 p.m.
Where We Rank
In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) weekly poll, the women climbed to sixth after their strong performance at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Regionally, the women continue to sit at the top of the Great Lakes Region standings for the sixth-straight week. The women hold the best national ranking in the Big Ten Conference. This mark's the highest ranking for the women since October of 2006, when MSU was ranked No. 4 nationally.
On the men's side, MSU is ranked sixth in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings.
Last Time Out
Among 35 of the nation's top-ranked programs, Michigan State competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The ninth-ranked women raced to a fourth-place team finish with 200 points, while the men finished 26th with 583 points.
Out of a field of 37 teams, the No. 9 MSU women's cross country team turned in a fourth-place finish led by Leah O'Connor who clocked a career-best time of 20:13 for 22nd overall. Also finishing with a career-best time of 20:18 was Rachele Schulist who posted a 25th-place finish. Katie Landwehr (20:36) and Lindsey Clark (20:37) each earned career-best times and fought through the crowd to place 44th and 46th, respectively. Rounding out the Spartan scorers was Shelby Jackson, who also posted a career-best time of 20:47 to finish 63rd.
The men turned in a 26th-place team finish out of 35 teams in the field. Finishing first for MSU was Caleb Rhynard, who placed 22nd overall with a personal-best time of 23:38. Ben Carruthers was the next to cross for the Spartans, finishing in a season-best 24:23 for 105th. He was followed by David Madrigal (24:29) and Nick Soter (24:41), who both posted season-best times, as well. Also scoring for the Spartans and running a season-best was Garrett Zuk (24:51, 179th).
With a second-place overall finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, redshirt sophomore Andrew Cusmano was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week last Tuesday. He lead the Spartans to a second-place team finish with his time of 25:56.77, a 5:13.17 one-mile pace, and finished more than 12 seconds ahead of the next-fastest runner in the field of 98 competitors.
Crossing the finish line first for the MSU women at the Roy Griak Invitational, redshirt freshman Rachele Schulist was named Big Ten Cross Country Co-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 1. Her ninth-place time of 21:07 in the women's 6,000-meter race helped lead her team to a runner-up team finish among a field of 28 teams, 10 of which were ranked in the top-30 of the USTFCCCA poll.
Redshirt junior Leah O'Connor and redshirt sophomore Caleb Rhynard of the Michigan State cross country team swept the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 17. Both individuals earned their first weekly honors after finishing tops for the Spartans with an outstanding first race of the season when MSU hosted the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational.
Michigan State will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to try to win back the Big Ten Championship title on Sunday, Nov. 3.