SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological University men's and women's cross country teams ran at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio on October 13. The men's team placed 21st out of 27 teams and the women's team took 22nd out of 26 teams.
On the men's side, the first runner to cross the finish line was Malik Jordan (SR/Wayne, Mich.) who came in at 63rd place out of 308 other runners with a time of 25:58.6. Next to finish was John Bowen II (JR/Williamston, Mich.) with a time of 27:58 coming in at 113th. Less than 30 seconds later, Ian Lamphear (FR/Utica, Mich.) crossed the line at 147th place with a time of 28:20.4. Right behind him was Brendan Koch (JR/Macomb, Mich.) with a time of 28:26.2 in 153rd quickly followed by Brody Sodon (FR/Firecrest, Wash.) with a time of 28:27.3 who placed 170th. Jimmy Hoefler (JR/Macomb, Mich.) was also right there with a time of 28:42.9, crossing the finish line at 179th place. Alexander Towainski finished in the next minute at 29:21.8 in 211th place. The men formed a pack that let them finish in the top of the bottom half of the race.
Coach Eric Green see this pack running as good for his team's moral and overall fitness, "The results today from the guys race was very interesting. For the 6th meet of the year, our top five runners were once again not the same. This tells you how close they are to each other. If one guy is having issue there is someone to pick up the slack which is the advantage of having a pack running together. Most of the guys ran their best times of the season, but not personal bests that I was hoping because the weather conditions were great and competition was good." With only two meets left for the men, they look to improve this pack running and see some times broken like the women have been seeing frequently of late.
On the topic of the women's side of Green's team, they were once again led by Marissa Bradley (SR/Haslett, Mich.) who finished the 6k distance in 23:26.8 minutes earning herself 48th place among 313 other runners. She broke the school record that she held for the past three years. The gap was big between her and Hailey Catania (FR/Clarkston, Mich.) who finished in 25:09.2 and 130th place. However, as a freshmen this means she broke the 6k school record that Emily Fosters' set for fastest time made by a freshmen, which was set back in 2014. Right behind her was Michelle Meister (SO/Hoffman Estates, Ill) at 25:13.6 finishing at 137th and on Meister's tail was Monica Ellicott (SR/Caro, Mich.) with 25:24.0 finishing at 145th place. Emily Gandolfi(JR/McBain, MI) came next with a time of 26:21.9 and placed 204th. Rounding up the women's team was Kelsey Catania (JR/Clarkston, Mich.) who finished in 300th place with a time of 30:50.0.
Coach Eric Green was very ecstatic about this record breaking day for the ladies, stating "I was so pleased on how well the girls are progressing this season, improving each competition and making history each time. The Oberlin race was very competitive with many of the top Division 3 teams in the region, but it helped the team run an all-time best in team average and total overall time for the 6k." This positivity moves onward into their next race which is hosted by Aquinas University (Mich.). "We have two more races left in the season which are 5k and I think Marisa's freshman 5k record of 19:57 is in danger of being broken. Marisa would love nothing but to see her break it." Green said looking on to the teams next two matches, hopefully to be filled with more impressive numbers.
Looking ahead, LTU runs again in a week in Grand Rapids (Mich.) at the Great Lakes Invitational for their last meet in October on October 20, which is hosted by Aquinas College (Mich.).