Hillsdale - GLIAC Cross Country Championships Preview

Hillsdale - GLIAC Cross Country Championships Preview

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Saturday morning, the Charger men's and women's cross country teams compete against the best in the GLIAC at the 2014 conference championship meet, being held at Tiffin, Ohio.

The women's team is ranked second in the Midwest Region and sixth in the nation, and is considered one of the top contenders for the league championship. As usual, the roadblock figures to be Grand Valley State, who is hte current unanimous No. 1 team in Division II, according to the latest USTFCCCA national poll.

Four other GLIAC programs are nationally ranked - Northern Michigan, Wayne State, Malone and Saginaw Valley State.

The Chargers have deployed a very balanced lineup throughout the season, a lineup which features no seniors. Emily Oren was the winner of the team's most recent meet, at Southern Indiana, and for her efforts, was named the GLIAC and national women's cross country runner of the week. Already an indoor and outdoor track All-American, Oren is among the favorites to win the individual championship at the GLIAC meet.

The Hillsdale College men's cross country team has shown steady improvement throughout the fall, and has ascended up to No. 14 in the USTFCCCA national poll. The team has been ranked as high as 11th in the nation this fall, and third in the Midwest Region.

This year's Charger team is long on senior experience and leadership. Runners like Joshua Mirth, Luke Hickman and John Butler have put in the time and work necessary to excel, and that work has paid off as each of them are enjoying outstanding individual seasons.

Similar to the women's side, the GLIAC men's cross country field is stacked. Four GLIAC programs reside in the top 25, led by second-ranked Grand Valley State. Malone and Ashland join Hillsdale as nationally ranked teams entering this weekend's conference championship.