The Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams competed in the Region XII & MCCAA tournament at Grand Woods Park in Lansing, MI.
Leading the way for the Jayhawk men was freshman Mitch Johnson (Fruitport HS) who finished 10th place overall in a personal best 8K time of 26:29. The finish earned him All-Region, All-MCCAA, and All-Freshman Team Honors. Also running best times of the season were freshman Kyle Benham (North Muskegon HS) 26th place in 27:32, freshman Tylor Carmean (Oakridge HS) 28th place in 27:41 and sophomore Brandon Harthorn (Cedar Springs HS) 36th place in 28:15. “We had our BEST race of the season Saturday,” said Coach Dan Fishel. “Our top 5 average time was 27:54 – a full 14 seconds per runner faster than our last meet. Every guy on the team knew that every second and place was important, and I’m proud of the whole team for stepping up big-time today.” Johnson has automatically qualified for the national meet. The rest of the team will find out on Wednesday if they qualify to compete also.
Sophomore Kendra Irvine (Reeths-Puffer HS) led the women, finishing in 23rd place with her college best 5K time of 20:41. Also running season best times were freshman Madison Cook (Newaygo HS) finishing in 35th place at 21:31, freshman Kelly Brown (Fruitport HS) in 38th place at 22:15, and freshman Sydney Armstrong (Holton HS) in 41st place at 22:29. “Our women continue to put in hard work and improve,” said Coach Fishel. “Our team 5k top 5 average time of 21:34 was our best of the season, and I’m very proud of our team. I was extra proud of Kendra Irvine who put it all together and ran a smart race out there. She has been a very positive roll model for her freshman teammates this year.” The women’s team will find out on Wednesday if they qualify as a team for Nationals.