Muskegon Community College cross country teams gearing for successful campaigns

MEN AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Coach: Dan Fishel
MEN
The men’s team is young with only a pair of returning runners from last year.One of them, Kyle Starr (the 2012 Seaway Run 15k Champion), will compete to be the team’s top runner with freshmen Mathias Waterstradt and Christian Seaver.

Others competing for varsity spots include David VanBergen, Corey Burt, Alex Drew, Mitch Clark, Michael Bolton and Lucas Johnson.  VanBergen and Clark are track stars who are making the transition to cross country from football and soccer respectively.
Rounding out the hard-working squad are Matt Almond, Caleb Arends, and Enrique Griswold.
The men’s team will continue to improve throughout the season as everyone adjusts to the 8k collegiate distance.
WOMEN
The women’s team is younger yet with no returning runners, but plenty of high school talent.
Kaitlin Truman, member of the Kent City school record-setting 3200-meter relay team, enters the season as the team’s top runner based on her summer mileage.
Also competing for varsity spots are Kristi Hall, Alexis Yost, Meagan Lavin (member of Hesperia’s 2-time state championship team), Krista Brandel, Kayla Crawford (Muskegon High School cross country record-holder), Courtney Collins, and Jessica Sevarns.
Kristi Hall  graduated from Grand Haven in 2002 and is currently a 29-year-old married mother of three returning to college and compete in the sport she missed.
Two other first-time cross country runners include Erica Douglas and Jessica VanDyke.
“Once everyone gets in shape, and if they stay injury free, the women’s team should be a tough team to beat at the end of the season,” Fishel said.

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