The Big Ten and NCAA Great Lakes Regional champion Michigan State University women’s cross country team finished 23rd and former Ovid-Elsie star and three-time Division 3 state champion Maverick Darling took 13th in a 10K time of 30:07 for the third-place Wisconsin men on Monday in the NCAA Division I national meet at Terre Haute, Ind.
Darling earned All-American honors, which go to the top 25 finishers at the national meet.
The Spartans' Emily MacLeod came in 37th in the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) women's race in 20:49, and Patrick Grosskopf of Corunna was 206th in 32:18 as MSU's only competitor in the men's race.
Junior Carlie Green (21:22) took 104th, junior Rebekah Smeltzer (21:32) 122nd, sophomore Kristen Smith (21:48) 157th, and freshman Julia Otwell (22:15) 199th for the Spartans.
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The Spartan women advanced by edging Michigan 80-96 to win the regional on Saturday at Oakland University’s Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester two weeks after topping the Wolverines 74-88 at the Big Ten meet.
MacLeod, the reigning NCAA Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Athlete of the Year, became the first Spartan in program history to win the regional race in back-to-back years. Her 2010 time was 20:18.
Other top finishers for MSU’s first regional champion since 2007 were Green (sixth in 20:41), Smeltzer (11th in 20:53), Smith (30th in 21:32) and Otwell (32nd in 21:38).
MSU finished fifth in the men’s race won by Big Ten champion Wisconsin and Darling (Ovid-Elsie), who took sixth in a 10K (6.2-mile) time of 30:31 as the Badgers’ second runner.
The Spartans’ top finishers were Grosskopf (13th in 30:39), sophomores Isaiah Vandoorne (29th in 31:09) and Ben Miller (30th in 31:10), freshman Sherod Hardt (37th in 31:19) and senior Alex Russeau (39th in 31:21). The MSU men will find out today whether they earned an at-large berth into the national meet.
Freshman Morsi Rayyan (St. Johns) placed 72nd in 32:05 as the fifth runner for seventh-place Michigan, while senior Chris Pankow (Williamston) was 110th in 32:46 for 19th-place Central MIchigan among 31 teams.
Senior Danielle Dakroub (Okemos) took 62nd in 22:02 as eighth-place CMU’s fourth runner, and freshman Amaya Ayers (Laingsburg) 177th in 24:07 as 24th-place Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne’s fourth runner among 33 women’s teams.
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MacLeod won the Big Ten 6K women's race in a career-best 19:54.
Darling (23:51), a sophomore and former three-time Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships winner, took sixth place in the men's 8K race to help Wisconsin repeat as league champions.
The Spartan men came in fifth place as Miller (24:09) took 16th and Grosskopf (24:19) was 23rd. Rayyan (25:07) was 55th place as seventh-place Michigan's fourth runner.
MacLeod and Darling repeated as first team all-Big Ten. A year ago, Darling and MacLeod took fourth and sixth, while the MSU women were fifth and the MSU men eighth.
The photo of MSU women's team after winning the Big Ten title (including junior Emily Langenberg of Grand Ledge next to coach Walt Drenth on the far left) taken by Walt Middleton appears courtesty of MSUSpartans.com.
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