University Park Golf Course was the host site for the Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational on Friday, 10/13.
Freshman Mitch Johnson (Fruitport HS) led the men with a 24th place out of 215 finishers in a time of 26:36 for the 8k. The other men running personal best or season best times were freshman Tylor Carmean (Oakridge HS) with a time of 27:46, Brandon Harthorn (sophomore/Cedar Springs HS) with a time of 28:28, and freshman Jake Phillips (Grand Haven HS) with a 30:08. “Our men had our best team race of the season for the 2nd week in a row,” said Coach Dan Fishel. “Although a few guys didn’t have PR’s, the men that did improve helped lower our team average time. We also beat a nationally-ranked team for the first time this season (#24 Indian Hills CC from Iowa). We now have 2 weeks of training to achieve some of our season goals at regionals”.
Freshman Hannah Heintzelman (Cedar Springs HS) led the women taking 78th place out of 190 finishers with a time of 20:40 for the 5k. Katana Daniely (freshman/Fruitport HS) had the best run on the team today with a personal best time (by 25 seconds) of 21:56. “Our women improved our best team average time from last week by 1 second,” said Coach Dan Fishel. “Although we are making gradual improvements, we need to stick to the race plan and have the entire team run season breakthrough races at regionals if we want to qualify for nationals. We have 2 weeks of good training to do this, and I believe our women’s team can do it”.
The next action for the team will be the Region XII and MCCAA championships at Grand Woods Park in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, 10/28 at noon.