Muskegon Community College cross country teams do well at Lansing CC Invitational

Local Sports Journal
The Muskegon Community College cross country teams turned in some solid times on Friday at the Lansing Community College Invitational

Consistent training the last two weeks heliped the women’s team put on a good show at the invitational. That led to the fastest top 5 team time in the three-year history of the women’s cross country program.

The women took 11th place out of 22 teams at the meet and 4th place of NJCAA schools.  Despite running injured, KT Truman, from Kent City, led the women by finishing 38th of 153 runners with a time of 20:14.

“She’s a great team player and is willing to give what she has for the team,” MCC coach Dan Fishel said. ” I just hope she gets healthy soon.”

Despite a rough start to the race, almost every runner ran a season or all-time personal best time.

“I took off for the 1/2 mile mark right before the start of the race and I noticed a lot of our girls team were a little behind early in the race,” said Fishel. “The girls told me after they finished that they were roughed up a bit with some pushing and shoving early in the race.  The course forms a bottle-neck maybe 150 yards into the race and some of the girls paid the price. ” said Fishel.

“Lexi Yost, from Coopersville, said she fell during the race and Jessica VanDyke, from Reeths-Puffer had another runner step on her foot.

Kaytlynne Kerwin (Kent City High School), Alexis Yost, Jessica Sevarns (Ravenna High School), Meagan Lavin (Hesperia High School), Krista Brandel (Muskegon High School), Jessica VanDyke, Courtney Collins (Orchard View High School), and Erica Douglas (Muskegon High School) all ran season or all-time personal best times at Friday’s race.

The next race is Friday  at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Calvin College at 4:45 p.m.

The Muskegon Community College men’s cross country team had some great performances at Friday’s Lansing Community College Invitational.
Despite missing one of its top 5 runners, the men’s team took 10th out of 20 teams  at the meet and third place of NJCAA schools.
Mathias Waterstradt (North Muskegon High School) led the team by taking 27th of 167 runners with a time of 26:50.  Waterstradt now has the second-fastest 8k time in MCC school history behind Matt Kring (former Whitehall High School and MCC NJCAA All-American).
“Mathias and the rest of the men’s team had some great races today,” Fishel said.
Other MCC men who ran aggressively and ran personal best times were Corey Burt (Orchard View High School), Mitch Clark (Whitehall High School), and Matt Almond (Holton High School).  Kyle Starr (Grant High School) and Lucas Johnson (Mona Shores High School) ran season best times and Christian Seaver (Montague High School) ran a solidly in his first race back from injury.
The next race is Friday at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Calvin College at 4 p.m.

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