Ashland's Stratman Named GLIAC Men's Cross Country "Runner of the Week"

Ashland's Stratman Named GLIAC Men's Cross Country "Runner of the Week"

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Ashland University senior Matt Stratman (Chardon, Ohio) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) men's cross country "Runner of the Week" after finishing second at the Carnegie-Mellon Invitational.

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Senior Matt Stratman finished second overall and posted the top collegiate time at the Carnegie-Mellon Invitational in Pittsburgh. Stratman helped lead Ashland University to a first place finish at the event with only 29 total points, 51 less than second place Northern Kentucky. He ran the eight kilometer course in a time of 25:26.92 and finished less than a second ahead of teammate Brock Weaver.





Ashland - The Eagles finished first in a field of 13 teams last Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Carnegie-Mellon Invitational in Pittsburgh.  AU finished with 29 points to easily outdistance second place Northern Kentucky (80). CMU (86) was third and California (136) was fourth. Senior Matt Stratman (Chardon, Ohio) finished second. His time on the 8K course was 25:26.92. Senior Brock Weaver (Ashland, Ohio) was third (25:44.23) and senior Cameron Johnson (Mt. Gilead, Ohio) was eighth (26:11.00). Former CMU runner Brian Harvey won the race in 25:26.92…the Eagles are ranked third in this week’s regional rankings…Ashland is idle this week.



Ferris State - The Ferris State University men’s cross country team did not compete this past week.  The Bulldogs will take part in the Penn State National meet this Friday (Oct. 14) in State College, Pa. FSU is currently ranked sixth in the Midwest Region.  The Bulldogs will host the NCAA-II Midwest Regional on Nov. 5 at FSU’s Katke Golf Course.





Findlay - The Oilers were idle this week and will be in action next on Oct. 14 at the Wilmington Fall Classic.





Grand Valley State -  The third-ranked Laker cross country team got a big race from sophomore Joe Graves won the individual title at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships in Hillsdale, Mich. over the weekend, crossing the line six seconds ahead of second place with a time of 26:08.38 on the 8k course. Sophomore Lucas Roscoe (26:41.77) finished seventh while sophomore Brandon Cushman (26:44.81) finished ninth to give the Lakers three runners in the top 10. The effort was enough to score the Lakers a second place finish in the event as they missed out on the team trophy by only one point, despite sitting their top 12 runners in preparation for this weekend’s Penn State National Invitational.





Hillsdale - The brand-new Hayden Park cross country course was dedicated at a gala ceremony Friday afternoon, preceding the Michigan Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet. For their part, the cross country runners from the Chargers performed extremely well at the meet. The meet was divided up among Division I teams, with Division II and III schools competing against one another, followed by an open meet. Hillsdale’s duo of Jacob Secor (second) and Joshua Mirth (third) were among the top five runners in the meet. Secor finished the race in 26:14, just six seconds behind the winner from Grand Valley State. Those high finishes helped the Chargers to a first-place finish at the DII/III portion of the meet, with 22 points. GVSU was second with 28, and Wayne State finished third with 47 points. Jordan Eccleston ran one of his best races on the college’s home course, finishing seventh overall with a time of 26:42.





Lake Erie - Lake Erie did not compete this week and will next be in action at Ashland for the GLIAC Championships on Oct. 22.






Lake Superior State -  Sophomores Taylor Heath (Hanover, Mich.) and Mark List (Lansing, Mich.) finished first and second, respectively, at last Friday’s Upper Peninsula Championships hosted by Northern Michigan University. Heath finished in 26:44, while List followed in 26:50.3. Michigan Tech claimed the next seven spots and won the team event by 11 points. It was Heath’s second top-10 finish in three meets this season. The Lakers compete at the GLIAC Championships on Oct. 22.






Michigan Tech - The Michigan Tech cross country team won the Upper Peninsula Collegiate Championship team title last week. Freshman Jani Lane was the top finisher for the Huskies with a third place finish in the eight-kilometer race (28:04). Matt Dugan and Eric Parsell finished right behind Lane for fourth (28:06) and fifth (28:08). Calvin Nitz finished sixth (28:14) and Nathan Manderfield was seventh (28:14) to complete the top-five for Tech. Tech will take this weekend off before competing at the GLIAC Championships Oct. 22 in Ashland, Ohio.





Northwood - The Northwood University cross country teams competed at the Michigan Intercollegiates Friday afternoon (October 7). The event featured collegiate runners from all divisions and was hosted by Hillsdale College. Marcus Rogers (Howell, Mich./Pinckney) was the top NU finisher for the fourth straight time. He placed 27th overall on the 8K course with a time of 27:11.33.  Grant Goodspeed (St. Louis, Mich.) was 61st at 27:54.34. A total of 187 runners took part in the men’s race. Northwood will compete at the GLIAC Championships October 22.





Ohio Dominican - Ohio Dominicans men’s cross country team was off this week. The Panthers will run next at the Wilmington Fall Classic on Oct. 14.







Saginaw Valley State - The Saginaw Valley State University men’s cross country teams finished seventh overall at the Hillsdale College hosted Michigan Intercollegiate Championships on Friday.  The Cardinals competed well in a very competitive field of teams including Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) members Hillsdale College, Grand Valley State University, and Wayne State University. The men’s team was led by junior Tyler Noble (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd HS) who finished 11th overall coming in with a final time of 26:45.97 for the 8K race.  Junior transfer Joseph Burelle (Sterling Heights, Mich./Livonia Stevenson HS) finished just behind Noble crossing the line at 27:10.89 which was good for a 26th place finish.  Burelle was followed by junior Eric Spitz (Holt, Mich./Holt HS) who claimed 45th place timing in at 27:34.81.  Freshman Drew Meylan (Bay City, Mich./Bay City Western HS) earned a spot in the Cardinals top-five crossing the line with a final time of 28:10.69, good for a 66th place finish.  Rounding out Saginaw Valley’s top-five were teammates Greg Baade (Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate) and Jacob Lauka (Oxford, Mich./Lake Orion HS) who clocked in at 28:13.16 and 28:15.13, respectively, good for 70th and 73rd places. The Cardinals will be back in action Saturday (10/22) when they compete in the Ashland University hosted GLIAC Championships.





Tiffin - The Tiffin men’s cross country team competed against Trine University in the Tiffin Homecoming 5k. Tiffin finished first as a team in the race and had the six of the top seven individual finishers.






Wayne State - In a talent-filled race heralding the top collegiate runners across the state of Michigan, the Wayne State men’s cross country team ran to a third place showing at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Hillsdale College on Friday afternoon. Out of 187 participants, the Warriors placed six runners in the top 50 including two in the top 10. Senior Alex Townsend (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) (26:32.48) and junior Jimmy Maloney (Wyandotte, Mich./Wyandotte) (26:45.72) conquered the fifth and 10th positions, respectively. Senior Travis Barczak (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) (22nd-27:08.80) and senior Kevin deBear (Plymouth, Mich./Salem) (23rd-27:09.17) crossed the finish line in succession, while junior Doug Mack (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) came in just after the pair 28th place with a time of 27:11.87. As junior Jason Smith (Canton, Mich./Salem) rounded out the top 50 in 43rd place with a mark of 27:33.61, junior Matt Devey (Canton, Mich./Salem) finished 56th (27:54.01).

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