MIDLAND, Mich. - The Michigan Tech cross country teams had seven women and four men run personal bests at the 2012 GLIAC cross country championships hosted by Northwood Saturday. The men's team finished 11th and the women were 13th on a course that was flat and fast.
"I am really proud of how everyone ran today," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "We competed tough and it paid off with many of the student-athletes running the best times of their lives. The competition is extremely tough in the GLIAC, and it keeps getting better every year."
Haggenmiller praised Amanda Halonen, who was the top finisher for the women's team crossing the line 26th in a time of 22 minutes, 22 seconds over the six-kilometer race.
Tech placed all seven of its runners in the top 100. Megan Smaby finished 72nd (23:40), Amber Peabody 84th (24:20), Lynn Duijndam 89th (24:41), Cassandra Bobart 97th (25:19) and Noelle Savage 100th (25:57).
Kyle Hanson and Eric Parsell each ran spectacular races to finish 45th (25:38) and 48th (25:41) in the men's eight-kilometer race.
Jonathan Kilpela was 65th (26:16) followed by Karl Koivisto 65th (26:16), Bradon Kampstra 67th (26:19) and Calvin Nitz 68th (26:19). Nick Wimmer was 78th (26:42).
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"We have a very young team, but we are looking forward to the future," said Haggenmiller.
The team will compete at the NCAA Regionals hosted by UW-Parkside Nov. 3.