EAST LANSING, Michigan- In their only home cross country meet of the season, the Michigan State men’s and women’s cross country teams put up strong performances at the 41st Annual Spartan Invitational and Forest Golf Course Akers East Gold, Friday.
The Spartan women dominated their 6 km race with 19 points. Grand Valley State was second with 71 points, while SUNY Geneseo was third with 171 points.
Kaitlyn Hynes finished first with a time of 21:07.42 with Katie Osika (21:14.14) and Makenna Veen (21:22.24) finishing second and third respectively. In her first Spartan race, Grace Malloy finished fifth with a time of 21:31.62.
Emily Bardwell also scored for MSU, finishing eighth in a personal best time of 21:46.64.
“Today was really great; it was exactly what we were looking for. We talked a lot about being there for the fight. We want to fight for each other and race as a team. Those are things what we wanted them to do, and honestly, they did it so well today,” said the director of athletics and cross country. Lisa Breznau said. “We’re talking about building confidence, not just who they are as athletes. Who they are when they’re away from here. I really believe that how they walk through life is how they’re going to be. behave when they arrive on the race course.”
On the men’s side, the Spartans fielded a limited roster after taking part in the Big Ten Preview last week.
Grand Valley State finished first with 45 points, with Cincinnati taking second place with 89 points. Michigan State finished third with 115 points.
Aden Smith was Michigan State’s top finisher, taking third place with a personal best 24:35.54. Running untethered, Carlee Stilmpfel finished fourth overall with a time of 24:40.50. Owen Huard (24:48.17) and Jake Pennewell (25:19.65), finished seventh and 21st respectively.
“We really want to say ‘thank you’ to the whole athletic department and to the Playmakers. Today that’s a strength. There are over 4,000 athletes here, there are families and friends and it’s a great event. this without the support of MSU and community members,” Breznau said.
Michigan State is back in action next week at the Griak Invitational on Friday, September 23 in Minneapolis.