By Ricky Lindsay, Sports Editor
The University of Michigan-Dearborn cross country teams traveled to Grand Rapids Saturday to participate in the sixth annual Great Lakes Challenge.
The Wolverines men’s team had enough runners to participate as a team in the 8K. The women, however, only had three runners participating, so an individual approach was taken on their 5K.
The men’s team from host Aquinas, paced by sophomore Jacob Townes, took the top spot amongst WHAC participants, but finished third in the overall competition with a score of 108.
UM-Dearborn’s men’s team finished twenty-eighth with a score of 827. Senior Quinn Osgood led the men’s team with a 196 place finish and a time of 28:13.27. He averaged five minutes and 41 seconds per mile.
Sophomore Garrett Neumann was the second Wolverine to finish. He had a time of 28:37.92 and averaged five minutes and 45 seconds per mile.
Freshman Ryan Pickell finished with a time of 28:54.60. Senior Mark Waterbury followed with a finish of 29:01.67. Senior Ryan Keeling rounded out the Wolverines participating in the meet with a finish of 31:46.66.
Taylor University came in first place for the women’s 5K. Indiana Tech was the highest WHAC team, finishing in fourth place.
Freshman Julia Kassem led the UM-Dearborn women’s team. She finished with a time of 19:26.13, good enough for 76th place. Senior Erika Antanovich finished with a time of 21:51.31. She averaged seven minutes and two seconds per mile.
Junior Megan McDonald was the final participant for the women’s team. She finished with a time of 24:45.06.
The Wolverines return to action November 9 for the WHAC championship, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.