MSU - Cross Country Concludes Regular Season at EMU Fall Classic

MSU - Cross Country Concludes Regular Season at EMU Fall Classic

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State cross country program completed its regular season on Friday, Oct. 19 at the EMU Fall Classic in Dexter, Mich. The non-scored event was MSU's last race before the final three races of the season - the Big Ten Championships, the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and the NCAA Championships.

“It went really well,” said assistant coach Lisa Senakiewich. “I thought everyone had a really solid performance, everyone competed really well. This meet shows us that our entire team is in the right place. That’s the sort of momentum you want to go into the Big Ten Championships.”

The event started with the women’s 5,000-meter race. True freshman Alexa Rumsey, running unattached, placed third and crossed the finish line in 18.09. Close behind was sophomore Melanie Brender was the top MSU finisher with a time of 18:16. 30, good for fifth place.

Sophomore Abbey Kelto (11th; 18:34.90), junior Meggan Freeland (12th; 18:40.60), and freshman Brianne Feldpausch (13th; 18:45.30), rounded out the top-five MSU runners.

“Melanie Brender was our top finisher in uniform and she did a really great job,” said Senakiewich. “Meggan and Abbey had really great races, they competed well and were solid.”

In the men’s 5,000-meter race, unattached freshman Nick Soter crossed the finish line in 16:09 to place 16th overall. Freshman Ryan Beyea, also running unattached, finished 22nd with a time of 16.19.

Freshman Joe Oherli finished with a time of 16:38 to place 29th, while redshirt freshman Austin Wissler was the top MSU finisher, crossing the finish line 16:49 for 35th overall. Edward Cliftion rounded out the top-five runners for the Spartans with a 41st finish with a time of 17:02.

“Nick Soter was amazing, he’s going to be really good for us in the future,” Senakiewich said. “Austin Wissler was asked to race and he was excited. He did a really great job, as well.”

The Spartans will be back in action to play host to the 2012 Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Oct. 28. Competition is slated to begin at 10:45 a.m.