It was a challenging but rewarding day for the Charger women's cross country team Friday afternoon.
With intense heat and fierce competition, Hillsdale took home a fifth place finish at the 21-team Spartan Invitational, where runners raced through the ups and downs of the Forest Akers golf course. Hillsdale finished with a point total of 175, finishing behind Grand Valley State and three Division I programs. Michigan State took first with a score of 22, followed by the Lakers (50), Central Michigan University (160) and Ball State (163).
Senior Allysen Eads was fourth to finish for the Chargers in 24:12.8.
Sophomores Megan Poole and Lauren Peterson had a great day, each chasing down personal bests for a 6k race. Poole finished in 88th place in 24:19.0, whose previous best was 25:40. Right behind her was Peterson in 24:23, who shaved nearly a whole minute off of her previous record.
Words and Photo: Calli Townsend