Men's Cross Country
Kelly, Zanotti Recipients Of Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Katie Kelly and senior Justin Zanotti were named Michigan State's recipients of the cross country Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to a member of both the men's and women's teams from each institution.
The student-athletes chosen for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
"Both Kelly and Justin have defied the odds in some way," Michigan State Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth stated. "They have shown good character and good purpose, making those around them better.
"The women's team had many good candidates," Drenth added. "Katie was chosen because she has also weathered the good and the bad. She struggled through injuries this season, but always remained positive."
Kelly set a season-best time of 21:40 at the Pre-NCAA meet on Oct. 14, finishing 94th.
"Justin has shown real perseverance," Drenth said. "He was taken off the roster by the previous coaching staff. He never gave up and continued working. He emerged as a major contributor for us this year."
Zanotti recently ran to a career-best 25:01 at the Big Ten Championships. He finished second for the Spartans and 19th overall.
Kelly and Zanotti will join the rest of their Spartan teammates at the Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Bowling Green, on Nov. 11.
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