For some reason on the second Friday in September, the weather is always stiflingly hot in East Lansing, Michigan. Some years it is hot and sunny, others it is cloudy with hot humidity that makes you feel like you're drowning.
This Friday, September 13, it started out cooler and rainy, giving everyone attending the meet false hope the cycle may have been broken. Race officials for the Spartan Invite held at Michigan State University's Forest Akers golf course made last minute changes to the schedule in an attempt to steer clear of the severe thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon. JV races were cancelled, but 10 runners were allowed to toe the line for the varsity teams (normally that number is 7).
The collegiate teams raced in the rain. Though soggy, the heat hadn't hit. But as the minutes ticked on, the heat index increased. This meant a lot of runners' days ended with golf cart rides to the ice baths in the medical tent. Those whose bodies held up to the extreme heat and humidity were thankful to have finished standing.
All results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/156952/results
From Coach Somers of Fremont:
We dodged the storms. Course ran slower than last year. Wanted both teams to focus on moving up the second half of the race. Girls got out a little slow but moved up well. Boys ran well through 2-2.5 miles then faded a little. Finished 5th. Only 1 team in our division (Otsego) beat us. Was hot and humid. Solid efforts and a good learning experience. The rest of the team runs tomorrow at the Ludington invite.
Boys were in the elite race, girls were in the bronze race.
From Coach Mercer of Newaygo:
We were happy to have been able to compete at this meet, since it is such a unique experience running with so many teams from all over the state and so many runners on the start line together. The competition is always fierce.
Sophia Frisbie crossed the line first for the Lions, with a time of 23:04. Anna Brummel, Lyda Lathrop, Liza Nausadis and Amaya Nelson all ran their best times of the season.
Freshman Tim Dosch led the boys team with a time of 20:02. Senior Dylan Heminger and sophomore Michael Murray both ran season best times despite the heat.
Both boys and girls ran in the white race.
Hesperia was led by Chris Stapel for the boys and Becci Castillo for the girls.