Mount Pleasant, Mich. - The Alma College men's and women's cross country teams began its season Friday (August 31) morning at the Jeff Drenth Invitational at the Pleasant Hills Golf Course hosted by CMU.
Both the men and the women finished in fourth place behind Michigan State, Central Michigan and Hillsdale. Senior Justin Jones (Cedar Springs, Mich. / Cedar Springs) posted the best time (16:24.32) on the men's side and junior Mallory Munderloh (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) led the women (20:55.21).
- Three Scots finished in the top 30 male competitors: Jones placed 24th, Luke Reed (Benzonia, Mich. / Benzie Central) came in 26th with a time of 16:40.44 and Karl Stroup (White Lake, Mich. / Lakeland) finished in 30th at 16:47.42. Nathan Idalski (Gaylord, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston) and Jackson Nordbeck (Livonia, Mich. / Livonia Franklin) also earned points for Alma with both coming in at under 18 minutes.
- In addition to Munderloh, Aubrey Hemstreet and Madeline McDonnell (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South) finished the race in under 22 minutes. Haley Trickey (Millington, Mich. / Millington) and Blaire Showers (Ithaca, Mich. / Ithaca) also placed among Alma's top five on the women's side.
- Both Justin Jones and Karl Stroup beat their previous 5K personal bests in the meet. Jones's new time is nearly 14 seconds faster than his old one, while Stroup beat his previous best by just over one second.
He Said it
"I thought we ran well for the opener. Like I told both teams after their respective races, we now have a benchmark to build from. Every meet is a learning opportunity to become our best by the championship phase of the season. We coaches are looking forward to watching both teams grow and get better each week."
- Head Coach Matt Chovanec
Alma's next meet is the Calvin Knight Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8. It will begin at 10 a.m.