The MCC men’s cross country team competed at the NJCAA Region XII Championship in Lansing and finished with runner-up honors behind Lansing Community College. This is the first time in school history that either team brought home a trophy from this meet.
In the men’s race the Jayhawks finished 2nd with 57 points to Lansing’s 28 pointts with 16 teams competing. Four Jayhawk harriers made All-Region: Mitch Johnson (Fruitport HS) finished 5th in 26:34, Kyle Benham (North Muskegon HS) was 8th in 26:50, Michael Hyatt (Orchard View HS) was 9th in 26:51 and Cameron Oleen (Fruitport HS) was 16th in 27:19. Rounding out the scoring was Chase Eslick (North Muskegon HS) in 19th at 28:02. Their team time of 2:15:38 places them as the second fastest MCC Cross-Country team on the All-Time List.
“It was a good battle between us and Grand Rapids CC for second, but our strength and tight running pack is what helped secure the Runner-Up Trophy,” said Head Coach Mike Smith. “Mitch was a great leader today, Kyle and Mike used each other to run strong races, Cam will always rise in big meets and Chase stepped it up to help the team.”
The Jayhawks will compete in Garden City, KS at the NJCAA National meet on Saturday, 11/10.