East Lansing, Mich. – For the second straight competition, senior Derek Ryan set the pace for men's cross country at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational. Competing against multiple NCAA schools, including several that maintain Division I Rankings, Ryan crossed the line in 40th place overall, bettering his time from two weeks ago by 36 seconds and finishing in 25:42. With his impressive performance, he becomes the eighth-fastest individual in Shawnee State history. No team scores were kept for this meet.
Junior Jeremy Anderson also ran a career-best time of 25:56. The second Shawnee State runner across the line, he placed 56th overall. He moves into a tie for 13th fastest individual in Shawnee State history with his performance, tying Larry Gardner (2003-06). Fellow junior Adam Schroeder finished just outside of the top 100 overall as he was the third Bears runner across the line. His time of 26:29 placed him 102nd overall and was the fifth-fastest time of his career.
A third junior, Brad Liston, finished fourth amongst his teammates. He was 113th overall in a time of 26:40. Sophomore Joe Stewart was the Bears' fifth runner to finish. He clocked in just a second behind Liston and finished in 115th with a time of 26:41 – the second-fastest of his collegiate career.
Senior Eli Gerlach and sophomore Brandon Magill were not far behind with the team's sixth and seventh times, respectively. Gerlach finished in 26:47 (123rd place), while Magill crossed the line in a time of 26:51 (126th place). Both of these two times were the third-best career times for those individuals.
Freshman Tanner Mattie just missed the 27-minute mark, but cut over a minute off his debut time two weeks ago. He finished 145th in a time of 27:06. Also of note, Fellow freshman Will Doering cut over 2:20 off his first collegiate time, finishing in 28:08 (200th place). His classmate, Forrest Reed ran a time of 28:27 to finish in 214th place, a 21 second improvement from two weeks ago.
In addition to the above freshman, Sophomore Breydon Gates finished in 169th overall (27:31). He came in behind Mattie. Junior Tyler Conn was the next finisher after Gates, placing 193rd (28:00). His brother, Taylor Conn (29:29), finished the race in 244th place.
The men's team will now have another two weeks away from the competition course. The Bears will be back in action two weeks from now at the All-Ohio Championship on September 29 in Cedarville, Ohio. The men's race is scheduled for a 2:45 start. The women will go off at 2 p.m.