Last weekend was the final tune-up. Friday afternoon was the real thing for the Charger women's cross country team.
The Chargers took part in the Spartan Invitational on the campus of Michigan State University, one of its usual stops early in the schedule. The meet was split up between Division I and non-Division II programs.
The top finisher for the ladies' team was sophomore Kristina Galat, who had what coach Andrew Towne called a "breakthrough performance." Galat completed the race in 22:08, good for 14th in her division.
"I was especially impressed with Kristina Galat and Kate Royer," Towne said.
Royer, also a sophomore, was the team's fourth-place runner, showing significant improvement with her time of 22:56. Senior Victoria McCaffrey was second on the team with a 29th-place finishing time of 22:43. Sophomore Emily Oren was two spots behind with a time of 22:47.
"Today was a very good start to our season," Towne said. "I thought we competed very well. Kate Royer is showing she is a completely different runner this year."