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Sept. 16, 2022

Kaitlyn Hynes runs away with the Spartan Invitational

In their only home cross country meet of the season, the Michigan State men's and women's cross country teams had solid showing at the at the 41st annual Spartan Invitational and Forest Akers East Gold Golf Course.

The Spartan women dominated their 6k race with 19 points. Grand Valley State was second with 71 points, while SUNY Geneseo was third with 171 points. 

Kaitlyn Hynes finished first with a time of 21:07.42 with Katie Osika (21:14.14) and Makenna Veen (21:22.24) finishing second and third, respectively. In her first Spartan race, Grace Malloy finished fifth with a time of 21:31.62. 

Emily Bardwell also scored points for MSU, finishing eighth with a time of 21:46.64, which was a personal best.

"Today was really great; it was exactly what we were going for. We talked a lot about being in it for the fight. We want to be fighting for one another and racing as a team. Those are things that we wanted them to do, and honestly they did that so well today," Director of Track &Field/Cross Country Lisa Breznau said. "We talk about building confidence, not just who they are as athletes. Who they are when they are away from here. I truly believe how they walk in life is how they are going to behave when they get to the race course."

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