Nov. 15, 2003
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The No. 12 Michigan State women's cross country team finished in third place out of 30 teams, scoring 96 points, at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals hosted by Indiana State on Saturday, Nov. 15 in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's cross country team finished in 11th place out of 32 teams, scoring 314 points. The Notre Dame women's team, with 43 points, and Wisconsin men's team, with 72 points, finished in first place at the competition, while both Michigan teams came in second with the women's team scoring 58 points and the men's team scoring 76 points.
Spartan senior Michelle Carson (Winnipeg, Manitoba) finished second overall in the women's 6K race with a time of 20:26. It marked the third straight year Carson finished in the top five at the Regional, after a fourth-place finish last year and a fifth-place performance as a sophomore. Also finishing as a top runner for the Spartans was senior Jamie Kryzminski (Corunna), who finished in fifth place overall for a second consecutive year with a time of 20:45.
Also competing for Michigan State was senior Sarah Pepera (Ortonville), who finished in 22nd place with a time of 21:28, senior Cindy Durocher (Parry Sound, Ont.), who finished 28th with a time of 21:45, junior Natalie Stein (North Hollywood, Calif.), who finished in 39th place with a time of 21:57,sophomore Brittany Ballard (Midland), who finished 44th with a time of 22:07 and sophomore Michelle Rafferty (Carmel, Ind.), who finished in 75th place with a time of 22:38.
Today's race marked the third straight year MSU has finished in the top three at the Great Lakes Regional. The Spartans won the Regional title in 2001, and finished in third place last year.
In the men's 10K race, Spartan junior Steve Sherer (Saline) was the top finisher for the Spartans, finishing in 26th place overall with a time of 31:08. Other top runners for the Spartans were freshman Matt Bartelbaugh, who finished in 65th place with a time of 32:03 and freshman Ryan Newsted (Petosky), who finished in 67th place with a time of 32:04.
Also competing for Michigan State was senior Jason Mueller (Shelby, Ohio), who finished 73rd overall with a time of 32:23, junior Nathan Usher (Gregory), who finished in 83rd place with a time of 32:32, freshman Timothy O'Hare (Big Rapids), who finished 96th with a time of 32:52 and sophomore Nathan Egger (Mason), who finished in 117th place with a time of 33:08.
"The women's team ran better today than at the Big Ten Championships", said MSU head coach Jim Stintzi. "I believe the women's team will most likely qualify for the NCAA Championships. In regards to the men's team, they also ran well. Steve Sherer ran his best ever today, while Jason Mueller had an off day due to a small injury he has been trying to work through. I feel both teams performed well and we have had a good season. After it is official, the women's team will prepare this week for the NCAA Championships."
Michigan State's women's team has an excellent shot to compete at the NCAA Championships hosted by Northern Iowa on Monday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m., in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The NCAA will release the teams competing in that competition on Monday (Nov. 17).
Women's 6K Race Results 1.) Notre Dame - 43 points 2.) Michigan - 58 3.) Michigan State - 96 4.) Indiana -150 5.) Marquette - 159 6.) Wisconsin - 203 7.) Toledo - 206 8.) Ball State - 298 9.) Butler - 313 10.) Purdue - 328 11.) Ohio State - 338 12.) Central Michigan - 350 13.) Western Michigan - 365 14.) Miami - 368 15.) Kent State - 413 16.) Indiana State - 449 17.) Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 455 18.) Bowling Green - 473 19.) Akron - 478 20.) Oakland - 492 21.) Youngstown - 570 22.) Valparaiso - 638 23.) Eastern Michigan - 642 24.) Dayton - 653 25.) Xavier - 738 26.) IPFW - 757 27.) IUPUI - 761 28.) Evansville - 817 29.) Wisconsin-Green Bay - 824 30.) Detroit Mercy - 914
Men's 10K Race Results 1.) Wisconsin - 72 points 2.) Michigan - 76 3.) Ohio State - 116 4.) Central Michigan - 131 5.) Indiana - 134 6.) Miami - 141 7.) Butler - 143 8.) Notre Dame - 145 9.) Eastern Michigan - 181 10.) Kent State - 268 11.) Michigan State - 314 12.) Marquette - 370 13.) Cincinnati - 472 14.) Purdue - 481 15.) Western Michigan - 502 16.) Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 506 17.) Youngstown State - 518 18.) Oakland - 532 19.) Toledo - 564 20.) Ball State - 616 21.) Indiana State - 628 22.) Evansville - 635 23.) Ohio - 657 24.) Akron - 666 25.) IUPUI - 740 26.) Wright State - 753 27.) Xavier - 760 28.) Dayton - 781 29.) Detroit Mercy - 896 30.) Wisconsin-Green Bay - 913 31.) Valparaiso - 925 32.) IPFW - 932