Cross Nation Set to Host 2022 Spartan Invitational

September 15, 2022

Auto-House owners Insurance coverage Spartan Invitational sponsored by Playmakers

Date: Friday, Sept. 16

Time: 11 a.m. (ladies’s 6k); 11:40 a.m. (males’s 8k)

Location: Forest Akers East Golf Course (East Lansing, Mich.)


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State males’s and ladies’s cross nation are set to host the 2022 Auto-House owners Insurance coverage Spartan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 16. Friday’s race, held at Forest Akers East Golf Course, would be the forty first version of the meet. 

The ladies’s 6k begins at 11 a.m., whereas the boys’s 8k takes place at 11:40 a.m. The meet may even function 10 scholastic races, starting at 12:20 p.m. 

“We’re thrilled to host this 12 months’s Spartan Invite,” mentioned Spartans head coach Lisa Breznau. “We could not pull off this occasion with out the work and time of this athletic division, Playmakers, and the College group. Thanks to everybody upfront of tomorrow’s meet. Particular because of our Director of Operations and meet supervisor, Rebekah Smeltzer-Pickard, in addition to Andy and Tim Marsh from Playmakers.” 

Friday’s meet would be the third competitors of the season for the Spartan males and second for the ladies. The boys most just lately completed second ultimately week’s Large Ten Preview Meet, led by graduate pupil Abdi-Fetah Ahmed who positioned second general. Junior Andrew Nolan additionally recorded a top-10 end in seventh, whereas Division II All-American graduate switch CarLee Stimpfel completed fourth for the Spartans operating unattached. 

The Spartan ladies will make their second look of the season after competing on the Jeff Drenth Memorial Invitational on Sept. 2. Sophomore Olivia Millen completed first for the Spartans, crossing the end line in twelfth. Millen recorded a 5k time of 18:54.9 to steer Michigan State to a third-place crew end. 

Each groups earned nationwide rankings in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Nation Coaches Ballot, with the boys coming in at No. 30 and ladies at No. 22. 

The crew’s solely house race of the autumn, the Spartan Invitational offers Michigan State a possibility to run on the crew’s house course in entrance of household and buddies in East Lansing. The meet may even function a season opener for a lot of of Michigan State’s cross nation athletes. 

“Our males’s and ladies’s squads are able to proceed the tone for the season by being a teammate and being in it for the battle. It is particular to compete at house and everybody is prepared for the primary race to go off tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Tomorrow is a step within the path to the championship portion of the season, and I do know our student-athletes are prepared to start,” mentioned Breznau. 

After Friday’s races, the Spartans head to Minneapolis, Minn. for the annual Roy Griak Invitational on Friday, Sept. 23. 

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