Cross Country Teams Head to Auto Owners/Playmakers Spartan Invitational, Men Ranked 14th in Region

Mackenzie Scott (Photo by David Dermer)
Mackenzie Scott (Photo by David Dermer)

The Youngstown State men's cross country team has moved up to 14th in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Great Lakes Region poll as both the Penguins men's and women's teams head to the Auto Owners/Playmakers Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State, Friday, Sept. 14, in East Lansing, Mich.

Burns Leads Penguins to Tommy Evans Invite Victory
Senior Alan Burns led the men's team to the program's first victory at the Tommy Evans Invitational last Saturday. Burn paced the team with a second-place finish with a time of 19:54. The Penguins defeated the likes of regionally-ranked Akron and Kent State.

Three More in Top 10
The Penguins also placed three more in the top 10 finishers at the Tommy Evans Invite. Senior Ryan Sullivan finished sixth with a time of 20:54 while James Nedrich and Tyler Polman were ninth and 10th, respectively, with times of 20:12 each. Derek Basinger's time of 20:21 was good enough for a 12th-place finish. Cole Lovett ran a 20:30 and finished 20th and Ethan Sparks placed 23rd with a time of 20:39.

Scott Leads Women's Team
Freshman Mackenzie Scott led the women's team to a fourth-place finish last weekend at the Tommy Evans Invitational. Scott paced the Penguins with a 10th-place time of 18:45 and sophomore Nicole Squatrito was 16th with a time of 18:51. Natalie Fleming came in 21st with a time of 19:00 and Maggie Sebest finished 25th with a time of 19:04. Jennifer Muhlenkamp ran a 19:32 to place 35th and Casey Zaitzew and Charlotte Crouch finished 40th and 41st, respectively, with times of 19:45 and 19:50.

Women Make Big Strides
Jennifer Muhlenkamp, Casey Zaitzew and Charlotte Crouch each made significant strides in their second race of the season. Muhlenkamp improve her time by 10 seconds, while Zaitzew cut her time down by 50 seconds and Crouch trimmed her time by 12 seconds. 

Up Next
After a weekend off, the Penguins will compete in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Friday, Sept. 28, in Notre Dame, Ind.