Over the weekend, the Spartan men and women drove down to Huron Meadows Metropark to compete in some NIRCA action. In a six-team invitational featuring the Spartans, Wolverines, Chippewas, Rockets, Redbirds, and Falcons, the Spartans once again had a good showing. They left the metropark with a second place finish for the men and another first place finish for the women.
Contrary to the usual season running, the women took to the course first. Following a usual trend, however, the Spartan women were out early and in numbers. Usual suspects Erin Zimmer, Tarah Thompson, and Charlotte Etienne were in the top five early, tracked closely by newcomer Megan Schwartz and standout freshman Amanda Montgomery. These ladies did not give up their hard earned positions, and led the Spartan women to victory. Other noteworthy performers were two freshman, Bailey Montgomery (25:29) in 17th and Sarah Ausum (26:42) in 24th. The top seven for the women were Zimmer (23:22, 2nd), Thompson (23:42, 3rd), Etienne (24:14, 5th), Schwartz (24:29, 8th), A. Montgomery (24:36, 10th), Nicole Mosteller (24:38, 11th) and B. Montgomery (25:29, 17th). The women had a 73 second split on five.
Shortly thereafter, the men took to the course for some 8k action. At the onset, the Cerberus of Jacob Young, Lucas Werner, and Tall Paul Salach were in a tight pack, one that would not falter throughout the race. Riley VanPelt, and two freshman Alec Reilly and Joe Hegger followed them, rounding out the seven for the men. The Spartans stayed strong through the rolling hills of this race as they took a true cross-country course. Other notable finishers in the race were freshman Colin Crusoe, finishing 8th on the team, and former all-state runner Dietrich Hittner making his 8k debut, finishing 9th on the team. The top seven for the men were Young (27:40, 6th), Salach (27:41, 8th), Werner (27:51, 11th), VanPelt (28:25, 19th), Reilly (28:51, 24th), Hegger (28:54, 25th), and President Ben Lambert (29:20, 29th). The men had a split of 45 seconds on five.
Again, congratulations to all those who competed, there were many PRs across the board. Both teams ran exceptionally well and left with two more trophies. Both teams figure to keep running well heading into regionals and nationals, stay tuned for further updates. Until next week – Club or Die!