Cross Country Set for Friday’s Big Ten Championships

Story Links Big Ten Cross Country ChampionshipsDate: Friday, October 23 Time: 10:45am (Women’s 6k) | 11:45am (Men’s 8k)Watch: B1G+Live Results

Women’s Teams: #29 Northwestern, Rutgers, #17 Wisconsin, Maryland, Purdue, RV Illinois, Iowa, #26 Michigan, RV Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, #22 Ohio State, #23 Michigan State, Penn State

Men’s Teams: Rutgers, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, #29 Michigan, Penn State, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, #9 Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State

Michigan State (Women) Entries: Julia Bajt, Emily Bardwell, Madelynn Bean, Meghan Beute, Abbey Carvey, Lauren Freeland, Fatima Giron, Kaitlyn Hynes, Eleanor Kendell, Courtney Krupp, Kaya Kuokkanen, Abigail Lee, Olivia Millen, Grace Molloy, Katie Osika, Madison Price, Megan Randall, Judith Rector, Katelyn Stewart-Barnett, Makenna Veen, Taylor Visscher, Alison Ziehl

Michigan State Entries (men): Abdi-Fetah Ahmed, Riley Hough, Owen Huard, Jeremy Kloss, Andrew Lane, Andrew Nolan, Alexander Penski, John Petruno, Drew Seabase, Aden Smith, Joshua Smith, CarLee Stimpfel, Fraser Wilson

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Michigan State Men’s and Women’s Cross Country make the short trip to Ann Arbor for the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on Friday, October 28 at the University of Michigan golf course. The 6k for women is at 10:45 am followed by the 8k for men at 11:45 am

The Spartan women return three runners from the team in third place last year, including sophomore Kaitlyn Hynes, a second-team All-B1G performer and 2021 Big Ten Cross Country Freshman of the Year. Junior Makenna Veen also returns after 40th place, while senior Katie Osika finished 50th.

Hynes, Osika and Veen have consistently placed in the top three of the Spartans this season, with Osika finishing in the top-10 at the Spartan Invitational (2nd/21:14) and Roy Griak Invitational (6th/9pm) and finished as the best Spartan at the Nuttycombe Invitational in a personal best of 6k of 20:25. Veen finished third at the Spartan Invitational (21:22), 14th at the Roy Griak Invitational (21:14) and also set a personal best at Nuttycombe with a time of 20:53. Hynes led the Michigan State women to first place as a team at the Spartan Invitational, claiming the individual title in 21:07 and achieving a top-20 finish at the Roy Griak Invitational.

Graduate student Grace Molloy, senior Lauren Freeland, junior Emily Bardwell, sophomore Kate Stewart-Barnett and junior Taylor Visscher have also placed in the Green & White top seven this season. Molloy finished fifth at the Spartan Invitational and was the third Spartans runner to cross the line at Nuttycombe in a personal best of 20:59. Freeland has scored in all three of her appearances for the Spartans this season.

Real freshman Meghan Beute will make her first appearance in a Spartan uniform on Friday after putting in some impressive performances this season. Beute recently finished third at the EMU Fall Classic, ran 17:21 for 5k, and posted a performance under 22 minutes at the Nuttycombe Invitational.

The women’s team race is shaping up to be highly competitive as seven of the 14 participating teams are either ranked or given votes in the most recent USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll. Penn State and Minnesota have also received votes in previous polls throughout the season. The 23rd Spartans come in on Friday as the third-highest-ranked team behind No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 22 Ohio State — the Spartans finished ahead of both teams at the Roy Griak Invitational.

The Michigan State men return five of the nine runners from the team that ranked fifth last year, led by seniors Aden Smith and Abdi-Fetah Ahmed. Smith has had a breakthrough season for the Spartans, finishing third at the Spartan Invitational and taking a historic first place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational. His performance at the Roy Griak Invitational earned him the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Week award on September 28. Ahmed has racked up two top-five finishes this season, finishing second at the Michigan Big Ten Preview (17:59/6k) and third at the Roy Griak Invitational (24:16/8k). He was Michigan State’s second finisher at the Nuttycombe Invitational, with a personal best of 24:04.

Two new faces on the 2022 roster will also make an impact for the Spartans on Friday. True freshman Riley Hough made his Michigan State debut at the Nuttycombe Invitational, crossing the line first for the Spartans in an 8km time of 23:58. Hough was an Eastbay Cross Country National Champion and Michigan Gatorade Boy’s Cross Country Player of the Year as a senior at Hartland High School in 2021. Graduate transfer CarLee Stimpfel, a 10-time Division II All-American at Saginaw Valley State, finished third ahead of the Spartans at Nuttycombe and took fourth place at both the Big Ten Preview and the Spartan Invitational which ran untethered.

Junior Andrew Nolan and graduate students John Petruno and Fraser Wilson have also scored for Michigan State this season. Nolan finished seventh at the Big Ten Preview and 15th at the Roy Griak Invitational. Petruno took a top-20 finish at both the Big Ten Preview and the Roy Griak Invitational, and Wilson, a 2021 Great Lakes All-Region winner, ran a personal best of 24:26 at the Nuttycombe Invitational.

Junior Owen Huard and senior Joshua Smith also finished in the top seven Spartans this season, with personal bests of 24:38 and 24:52 respectively.

The men’s team race features two ranked teams, including ninth-ranked Wisconsin, which has won four consecutive team titles, and 29th-ranked Michigan. Minnesota also received votes in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll this season, while the Spartans were in 27th place.

Admission is free for spectators on the University of Michigan golf course. A live stream of the meet will be available on B1G+.

Next, the Spartans travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday, Nov. 11. The NCAA Cross Country Championships are scheduled for Saturday, November 19 in Stillwater, Okla.

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