Cross Country Set To Compete At Big Ten Championships
Oct. 31, 2013
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's cross country teams will open the championship season on Sunday as the Spartans face conference foes for the Big Ten title. Hosted by Purdue University, competition will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course with the men's 8,000-meter race scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m. ET, followed by the women's 6,000-meter race at 11:45 a.m.
The Big Ten Network will offer delayed coverage of the Big Ten Championships at noon ET on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Where We Rank
On the men's side, MSU is ranked sixth in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings.
Big Ten Championship History - Women
After winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, the Spartan women finished second in 2012 with 75 points. Kroll led the team, but also earning first-team all-conference honors was Leah O'Connor, who finished fourth overall with a time of 20:25. Redshirt senior Rachel McFarlane received second-team all-conference honors as she finished 14th overall in 20:45. Junior Julia Otwell placed 23rd overall with a time of 20:59.
Big Ten Championship History - Men
On the men's side, the field will include three teams ranked in the latest USTFCCCA top-30 national poll, led by No. 7 Wisconsin, who have won the last 14 Big Ten titles, as well as No.16 Michigan and No. 24 Indiana.
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.
Last Time Out
On the men's side, Chris Collier was the first Spartan to cross the finish line as he posted a time of 15:22 for seventh overall. He was followed by Austin Wissler (16th) and Joe Oehrli (23rd) with personal-best times of 15:38 and 15:45, respectively. In his first race of the season, Reed Payant recorded a 34th-place finish with a time 16:03.
Earning a big personal-best time of 17:39 was Raquel Serna as she was the top finisher on the women's side in third-place overall. Close behind in eighth-place was Alana O'Mara who also posted a personal-best time of 18:08. Molly Jeakle picked up her personal-best time of 18:15 to place 12th overall, followed by Meggan Freeland in 14th with a time of 18:22. Also placing in the top-20 was Emily Pap, who's personal-best time of 18:36 earned her an 18th-place finish.
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