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Two Nationally-Ranked Runners Go Down At MSU Spartan Invitational

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Meet Results

Cross country races never give you what you exactly expect, only versions of it.

On Saturday in Michigan, that couldn't be more true. 

While two preseason top 25 boys runners were in the Spartan Elite field at the MSU Spartan Invitational, there were no guarantees. Both performed reasonably well, but both got beat. 

In September, you'll get results like that. 

Upper Arlington's Thomas McMahon took the tape in 15:05.6, while Dublin Jerome's Samuel Ricchiuiti was second in 15:06.0. 

Returning Foot Locker Nationals qualifier Connell Alford was third in 15:09.1, while fellow Foot Locker qualifier Seth Norder was fourth in 15:24.1. Alford was No. 21 to start the year on the MileSplit50, while Norder was No. 13. 

Brighton and Northville battled over the field, and in the end it came down to the sixth runner, with Brighton needing displacement to beat Northville on 93 points. 

Mens 5,000 Meters Spartan Elite (Top 10 at 22 States) Team Scores
  Pl Team                           Points                                 
  1  Brighton                           93 
  2  Northville                         93 
  3  Grand Haven                       126 
  4  Dublin Jerome                     139 
  5  Bay City Western                  215 

There was less drama in the girls race, with Ann Arbor Pioneer coasting through the line with an easy win and senior Rachel Forsyth taking the win in 16:59.3. 

Forsyth has now opened her year with three straight wins, the last two coming under 17 minutes for 5K. 

Her squad followed in 1t0h, 12th, 28th and 32nd to round out the scoring. Ten girls broke 19 minutes on the course. 

Womens 5,000 Meters Spartan Elite (Top 10 at 22 States) Results
  Pl Athlete                   Yr Team                           Time
   1 Rachel Forsyth            12 Ann Arbor Pioneer           16:59.3 
   2 Madison Osterberg         12 Jackson Lumen Christi       17:44.6 
   3 Lucy Cook                 11 Rochester                   18:10.7 
   4 Natalie Fouts             10 Dublin Jerome               18:22.3 
   5 Cassie Garcia             11 Northville                  18:27.9 
   6 Emma Drnek                11 Zeeland East                18:44.1 
   7 Ella Christensen          12 Northville                  18:46.8 
   8 Valerie Beeck             11 Grand Haven                 18:49.2 
   9 Kamryn Lauinger           11 Goodrich                    18:53.9 
  10 Natalie Mello             12 Ann Arbor Pioneer           18:56.2