MIDLAND, Mich. – The Lake Superior State University men's and women's cross country teams competed in the 1st Annual Northwood XC Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Midland, Mich. to open their 2019-20 season.
The men's team placed fourth overall out of the six collegiate teams that participated in the 6,000-meter run. Junior David Mitter was the first finisher from Lake Superior State and was the second finisher overall with a time of 18:46.9. The next fastest Laker was junior Kendal Delpiere who finished 25th overall with a time of 20:10.8. Junior Blake Barber recorded a time of 22:21.2 (42nd overall), freshman Daniel Anderson recorded a time of 23:05.0 (45th overall), freshman Kevin Garland finished with a time of 23:47.7 (48th overall) and freshman Andrew Giddens finished with a time of 24:44.9 (49th overall).
In the women's 5,000-meter run, LSSU finished fifth out of the six participants. Three of the Laker women set personal records in the 5,000-meter distance. Senior Rebecca Lathrop was the first Laker to cross the finish line with a time of 19:44.0, which was good for 16th overall. Lathrop's previous personal record was 20:32.6 at the Bay College Quality Inn & Suites Invitational in 2018. Junior Alexis Passino followed with a 29th place finish with a time of 20:31.6. Passino's previous personal record was 21:33.4 at the 2018 Hillsdale Invitational. Junior Emily Merten also set a new personal record with a time of 21:23.2 (39th overall). Her previous fastest time was 22:44.7 at the 2017 Bay College Invitational.
The remaining members of the women's team finished with the following times: freshman Abigail Kline 21:50.2 (42nd overall), sophomore Leah Bell 22:04.8 (44th overall), sophomore Caitlyn Schumann 24:43.7 (54th overall) and senior Melody Perrin 25:02.1 (55th overall).
The Lakers will head to East Lansing, Mich. on Friday, Sept. 13 to compete in the Spartan Invitational, hosted by Michigan State. The women's competition will begin at 11:00 a.m. while the men's competition is set to start at 11:30 a.m.