SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological University men's cross country team placed 9th out of 16 other teams in the men's 8k white division on October 20 at the Great Lakes Invitational.
Leading them was Malik Jordan (SR/Wayne, Mich.) who came in 21st place with a time of 27:57.30. After him came the rest of the team in a small spaced pack. Coming in first of the pack was Alexander Towianski (SO/Sterling Heights, Mich.) with a time of 28:47.10 placing 44th. After him was Brendan Koch (JR/Macomb, Mich.) with a time of 28:54 placing 50th. Following Koch was Jimmy Hoefler (JR/Macomb, Mich.) with a time of 29:01:30 finishing 52nd. Right on his tail was John Bowen II (JR/Williamston, Mich.) placing 55th with a time of 29:03.20. Brody Sodon(FR/Firecrest, Wash.) finished with a time of 29:07 placing 58th and rounding up the group was Ian Lamphear (FR/Utica, Mich.) who finished 65th with a time of 29:22.
The men had difficult conditions on the course at the Great Lakes Invitational. They experienced right before the race a huge storm which made the course muddy and messy which delayed the race. Despite this, Coach Eric Green enjoyed their run today but sees it as a learning experience to get ready for the WHAC championships which happen on the same course on November 3rd, "I like the guy's effort they put in at the beginning of the race. After the delay of the race because of the storm, the course got real messy which affected their performance after the first couple of miles. I am going to change some things up workout wise this week to prepare them for the conference championship. They seem to be running tired towards the end of the season and have not performed well in races like they have trained. We are better than some of the conference teams ahead of us in the current poll and if they can run like they have trained, they should finish higher than they are now."
The men now prepare for the WHAC championships on November 3rd, from there only those who qualify will continue to compete in preparation for nationals which will be held in Iowa this year.