The Muskegon Community College Jayhawk women closed out their 2018 season with a fine 15th place finish at the Cross Country Nationals in Garden City, KS over the weekend. MCC entered the contest ranked 18th and their 15th place finish was the second highest national finish by any Jayhawk Cross Country team. The weather was a blustery 45 degrees and the course was one of the most challenging of the year but the ladies raced past all midwest Juco’s and inserted themselves as one of the premier D2 Junior Colleges by beating several D1 programs.
Just like the rest of the season it was Maddy Windberg (Spring Lake HS) who was the Jayhawk’s top finisher in 54th place, followed closely by Grace Sweet (Reeths-Puffer HS) in 60th place. Haylee Ray (Grand Haven HS) ran her best race of the year and finished in 117th. Rounding out the scoring for the Jayhawks were Ellie Nausadis (Newaygo HS) and Kendra Johnson (Fruitport HS).
“I’ve been very proud of these ladies all season,” said Head Coach Mike Smith. “They just keep getting better and better. They are a pleasure to coach and should be looking at a top 10 finish next year!”