WMU - Sophomore Haley Ritsema Leads the Broncos at the Crusader Open

WMU - Sophomore Haley Ritsema Leads the Broncos at the Crusader Open

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VALPARAISO, Ind. – Sophomore Haley Ritsema led the way for the Western Michigan cross country team at the Crusader Open on Friday evening placing 20th overall as the Broncos finished fourth in the Class-One Women's 5K, the team's first meet of the season.


The Broncos finished the night in fourth with a team score of 110 while Purdue won the Crusader Open with a 33 overall score. Notre Dame and Fort Wayne followed behind Purdue while host Valparaiso rounded out the event finishing fifth with a 122 team score.

"Overall I am pleased with the results from the first meet of the season," commented WMU head coach Kelly Lycan. "Our freshmen are still young and feeling things out as they go. As the season progresses they will learn how to run as a group and push each other through the race but overall I thought we did well with lots of personal records on the day. Haley Ritsema did a nice job tonight running a solid steady race and it probably was her best outing she has had in her Bronco career."

Ritsema led all Broncos as the sophomore finished in 20th place overall with a personal record 5K time of 19:13.4 while sophomore Brittney Hall followed behind for the Broncos placing 25th overall with a 19:36.4 finish. Three freshmen including Courtney Allen, Rebecca McNamee and Emily Fonzi rounded out WMU's top-five finishers. Allen finished in 27th with a time of 19:43.7, McNamee ran a 19:43.7 finishing 28th overall and Fonzi finished in 29th with a final time of 19:47.6.

Other finishers for the Broncos include sophomores Autumn Lewis (20:20) and Mattie Goodwin (20:35), senior Kayla Dominguez (22:02) and freshman Charlotte Ramser (22:56).

The Broncos are back in action for their annual George Dales Invitational on Friday, Sept. 8. at the Pine View Golf Club in Three Rivers, Mich.