Muskegon Community College traveled to Grand Woods Park in Lansing to compete at the LCC Invitational.
In the men’s race freshman Mitch Johnson (Fruitport HS) led the team with a 23rd place finish in 26:59 for the 8k. Places 2-9 on the team in order were freshman Kyle Benham (North Muskegon HS) in 27:40, freshman Tylor Carmean (Oakridge HS) in 28:19, freshman Raven Lockard (Fruitport HS) in 28:48, sophomore Brandon Harthorn (Cedar Springs HS) in 29:19, freshman Jake Phillips (Grand Haven HS) in 30:26, freshman Caleb Sidock (Orchard View HS) in 32:02, freshman Don Timmer (Orchard View HS) in 33:15, and sophomore Jake Lysiak (Orchard View HS) in 34:42. “Our men had their best team race of the season!” said Coach Dan Fishel. “They have had a rough last two meets, but we bounced back in a big way today with our best team time of the season! I’m proud of the way our men’s team raced today, and I think we are just beginning to hit our stride! We train to peak at the end of the season, and I think our men are coming on at the right time of the season.”
The top finisher for the women was freshman Hannah Heintzelman (Cedar Springs HS), taking 46th place out of 173 finishers with a time of 20:49 for the 5k. Finishing 2-6 on the team in order were sophomore Kendra Irvine (Reeths Puffer HS) in 21:03, sophomore Madison Cook (Newaygo HS) in 21:46, freshman Katana Daniely (Fruitport HS) in 22:21, freshman Kelly Brown (Fruitport HS) in 22:29, and freshman Sydney Armstrong (Holton HS) in 22:47. “Our women ran pretty well!” said Coach Dan Fishel. “Last week everyone had a 6k personal best, so it’s hard for everyone to PR in back-to-back weeks, but we had multiple 5k PR’s! This was only our 2nd 5k of the season after back-to-back 6k’s, so we had to get used to racing a 5k again. Everyone PR’ed when we ran back-to-back 6k’s, so I can’t wait for next week when we’ve run back-to-back 5ks.”
Next up the Jayhawks will host their own event, the Jayhawk Invitational, at University Park Golf Course on Friday, 10/13. The men’s race will go off at 1:30 pm followed by the women at about 2:15 pm.