MSU Women’s Cross Country Crowned 2019 Big Ten Champions

Michigan State University
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michigan State women's cross country raced to a Big Ten Championship title on Sunday morning at the Ohio State University Golf Club, with five runners placing in the top-16.

This is the seventh Big Ten title for the Spartans in program history and first title since 2014.

"Throughout the group, our depth was good and their expectations are high; I'm really proud of them," Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth said. "This is a good growth experience for everybody, and I expect we'll look for ways to be better in the next couple of weeks."

The No. 9-ranked Spartans tallied 56 points in the women's 6k, surpassing both No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 8 Michigan. The Badgers placed second with 62 points, while the Wolverines came in third with 88 points.

The depth of the Spartan women's team, which has been evident all season, was on display today on the conference's biggest stage, with five runners placing in the top-16. Senior Annie Fuller was the top-finisher for the women with a third place finish, clocking in at 20:16.1, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Senior Jeralyn Poe and junior India Johnson, who have been running with Fuller all season, captured second-team All-Big Ten honors for the Spartans. Poe turned in a time of 20:29.6 to finish in 10th place, while Johnson was not far behind, placing 14th with a time of 20:40.1.

Senior Lynsie Gram and sophomore Jenna Magness crossed the line within a second of each other and only strides behind Johnson, to place 15th and 16th, respectively. Gram, who was running in only her second race of the season, posted a new career-best time of 20:44.4 for 15th, while Magness also posted a career-best time of 20:45.2 for a 16th place finish.

Juniors Lindsey Rudden (33rd – 21:12.6), Sarah Kettel (36th – 21:13.9) and Maggie Farrell (37th – 21:14.9) rounded out the Spartan women on the course. Freshman Noelle Adriaens suffered an injury on the course and did not finish.