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The men’s cross country team begins a race in 2020
Courtesy | Hillsdale College Ath­letic Department

The Hillsdale Chargers men’s cross country team placed fourth at the Lucian Rosa Invite in Kenosha, Wis­consin on Saturday. 

The Uni­versity of Col­orado, Col­orado Springs Uni­versity Mountain Lions took first place with 19 points, fol­lowed by Min­nesota State College with 89, and Uni­versity of Wis­consin Parkside, who fin­ished third with 95 points. The Chargers 96 points earned them fourth place. 

Leading the Chargers once again was junior Adam Weir. Weir fin­ished 10th overall with a time of 26:12. Fol­lowing behind him was freshman Alex Mitchell, who came in 16th with a 26:37 time.

“We were a lot more con­fident and assertive this time around.” Mitchell said, “The first race was kind of a rust buster but this past weekend our con­fi­dence helped us to execute our plan a lot better.”

The third Charger to cross the finish line was sophomore Mark Sprague. Sprague fin­ished the race at the 26:49 mark, which was over a minute faster than his pre­vious race, and earned him 19th place overall. Sprague was pos­itive about his team’s performance.

“I thought the team did a great job adjusting to a more dif­ficult course, with worse heat and dust as well.” Sprague said, “We saw improved times from the last meet, so we were happy with the results and com­pleted our goal of taking a step forward. I thought we did a good job exe­cuting our game plan.”

In their second race as Chargers, freshmen Donnie McArdle and Ross Kuhn both saw improvement from the Calvin race. McArdle fin­ished 25th with a time of 27:06, and Kuhn was right behind him in 26th with a 27:09 time. 

Closing out the race for Hillsdale was sophomore Sean Hoeft and freshman Micah Van­derkooi. Hoeft fin­ished 32nd overall with a time of 27:38, while Van­derkooi fin­ished at the 28:30 mark, earning him 53rd place. 

“I really liked how aggressive we were in the opening 2 miles,” Coach R.P White said about the Chargers second race of the season. “We didn’t back down to a very good team from Col­orado Springs. We look to improve our gap time from our 1 – 5 runners and con­tinue gaining expe­rience for the young guys.”

The Chargers will either be running at the Joe Piane Invi­ta­tional in Notre Dame, Indiana or the Lansing Com­munity College Invi­ta­tional in Lansing, Michigan on October 1. They will then have three weeks in between those meets and then G‑MAC Cham­pi­onships in Cedarville, OH on October 23.