Cross country teams compete at the Spartan Invite at Michigan State University

Cross country teams compete at the Spartan Invite at Michigan State University

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Cross country teams compete at the Spartan Invite at Michigan State University

Putt nears school record time



September 16, 2011 – The Hillsdale College men’s and women’s cross country teams spent Friday afternoon in East Lansing, on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, participating in the Spartan Invite.

No team scores were kept at the meet, and Hillsdale runners competed against the top competitors from schools like Grand Valley State, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan, among others.

The top men’s runner at the meet for the Chargers was senior Jacob Secor, who finished 30th overall with a time of 25:23. Secor was the fastest runner from a GLIAC school other than Grand Valley State at the meet.

Freshman Josh Mirth, who has made an immediate impact on the team, was 43rd overall at the meet, finishing in 25:37. Twelve runners finished between Secor and Mirth, although they were separated by just 14 seconds.

A trio of Chargers finished back-to-back-to-back, in 90th, 91st and 92nd place overall. Tim Jagielski led the pack with a time of 26:24. He was followed by Jordan Eccleston and Jack Butler.

In the women’s half of the meet, junior Amanda Putt turned in a top-20 finish overall at the meet, taking 19th with a time of 21:30. That time is one of the five best in school history for that length of a course.

Hillsdale’s top three runners finished a minute apart. Victoria McCaffrey finished 60th with a time of 22:31. Fifty-nine seconds behind her was senior Melissa Tenkate, who took 104th (23:30). Freshman Amy Kerst rounded out the Chargers’ top four finishers with a time of 23:34.

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