Hillsdale - Women's Cross Country Team Places 6 in Top 43 at Spartan Invitational

Hillsdale - Women's Cross Country Team Places 6 in Top 43 at Spartan Invitational

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Ranked 14th in the nation entering Friday's season-opening meet, the Hillsdale College women's cross country team served notice that it likely won't leave the national rankings anytime soon.

Thanks to a steady performance from its most experienced runner, and eye-opening debuts by the freshman class, the Chargers competed very well at the Spartan Invitational, held at Forest Akers and hosted by Michigan State University.

Hillsdale's top four runners all placed within the top 27 overall finishers. The group was led by senior All-American Hannah McIntyre, who took 10th overall with a time of 22:02.1 on the 6K course. McIntyre was the second-fastest Division II runner at the meet.

Sophomore Arena Lewis, a talented runner who has battled injuries earlier in her career, was healthy and performed well in Friday's season opener. She was 14th overall with a time of 22:16.3.

Hillsdale's number 3 and 4 runners came from the exciting freshman class coach Andrew Towne brought in this season. Maryssa Depies took 25th overall in her collegiate debut with a time of 22:35.4, while fellow freshman Christina Sawyer was just two spots behind with a 22:36.5.

Junior Allysen Eads finished one spot ahead of freshman teammate Kyleigh Edwards, both clocking a 23:05 in their first meet of the season.

"Hannah McIntyre and Arena Lewis were very good today," Towne said. "I was really pleased with how we did. We showed some good things, but can definitely still improve."