Muskegon Community College Women's Cross Country Season Preview
The MCC women’s cross country squad opens its season on Saturday, Aug. 30, in Holland, Mich., at the Hope College Vanderbilt Invitational.
“The women's cross country team will be vastly improved this fall with most of our top runners returning from last year plus the addition of several talented, hard-working freshmen.” said Dan Fishel, now in his third year as the Jayhawks head coach. “At our camp time trail we had five women run faster than our fastest runner ran last year on the same course. If our women stay humble and continue working hard every day, I’m excited about what we can accomplish!” Last year the MCC women finished a program-best 24th in the country.
The lead pack of five should consist of sophomore Andrea Lavigne (Mason County Central HS) who is a returning All State, All Region, and All Freshman team runner from last season, freshman Deanna Near (Montague HS), freshman Sabrina Smith (Hart HS), freshman Andie Young (Grand Haven HS), and freshman Marlee Harris (Buckley HS). Deanna Near is the former Deanna Pineda who is continuing her education after getting married and having 2 kids with her husband after high school.
Expect sophomore Samantha Eely (Oakridge HS), Claudia Melton (Grand Haven HS), Raquel Zavala (Muskegon HS), Brielle Johnson (North Muskegon HS), and Miranda Buckwald (Grand Haven HS) to also compete for top spots this season.
Muskegon Community College Men’s Cross Country Season Preview
The MCC men’s cross country team opens its 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Hope College’s Vanderbilt Invitational in Holland, Mich.
“The men's cross country team is made up of a bunch of hard-working, tough guys.” said Dan Fishel, the third-year Jayhawks head coach. “We have a lot of team speed as most of our guys were primarily 800 meter runners in track season, but it’s going to take some time to transition everyone to the 8k men’s college cross country distance. I think this men’s team will be the most improved team in the conference by the end of the season!” The men’s team finished 14th in the country last fall – a best since the program re-started in 2010.
Sophomore Jacob Baker (Mona Shores HS) should lead the team this fall and could break his best time from last season by at least a minute due to his increased summer mileage. After Baker, runners two through eight are pretty close right now and might change places throughout the season. They are sophomore Austin Elliott (Spring Lake HS), freshman Dylan Medendorp (Whitehall HS), freshman Austin Persoon (Mason County Central HS), freshman Lenin Castillo (Hart HS), freshman Austin Kleiner (Hesperia HS), freshman Dominic Flores (Fruitport HS), and freshman Colin Duca (Mona Shores HS). “Having a close pack will work to our advantage as the season goes on,” said Fishel.
MCC Softball Freshmen Class Includes Five All-State Players
MCC Softball Head Coach Ryan Schalk announced the 13 incoming freshmen who will play for the Jayhawks this season.
“We start practice on August 11 and will play about 20 games in the fall,” said Schalk in preparation for the 2015 season.
Home dates include Kellogg CC on Sept. 12, Kiskwaukee College on Sept. 14, Saginaw Valley University on Sept. 19 and Davenport JV on Sept. 26.
“This class brings in five All-Staters from last year (Katie Hendrickson, Alexis Carpenter, and Nicole Depender at the pitching position and Morgan Giddings and Morgan Shugars (Honorable Mention),” said Schalk. “We are very excited about our recruiting class. We feel like we have added a good mix of pitching, speed, and power to go along with our returning sophomores who led our team offensively most of last year.”
The freshmen by position are:
P/1B – Katie Hendrickson (North Muskegon High School)
P/OF - Hayley Mazer (Manistee High School)
P- Alexis Carpenter (Central Lake High School)
P- Nicole DePender (Oakridge High School)
C/OF – Alexis Castillo (Hesperia High School)
C/3B – Lindsey Helsen (Fruitport High School)
C – Sammy Slachter (Grant High School)
2B/OF – Amy Gillings (Mona Shores High School)
3B/OF – Candace Sutter (North Branch High School)
SS – Morgan Giddings (Oakridge High School)
OF – Courtney Masseau (Holt High School)
OF – Morgan Schugars (Montague High School),
OF - Lindsay VenHuizen (Reeths-Puffer High School).
Jayhawk Fall Sports Teams Report in August
Preparations for the Fall 2014 sports season officially begins at MCC in early August, when the college’s five teams report for pre-season practices.
The men’s soccer squad, coached by Ben Ritsema, begins its workouts on Friday, Aug. 1. On Monday, Aug, 4, both the Jayhawk women’s soccer team, led by Coach Josh Watson, and the women’s volleyball unit, directed by Coach Rick Rykse, arrive on campus. The following Monday, Aug. 11, the men's and women’s cross country teams start their practices directed by Coach Dan Fishel.
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FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
Friday, August 22
TBA – Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 22-23
TBA − Wisconsin Dells Tournament, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Saturday, August 23
9:00 p.m.– MCC VS. DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY, Grand Rapids, MI
Sunday, August 24
11:30 a.m. – MCC VS. MORTON COLLEGE, Grand Haven High School
Friday, August 29
7:30 p.m. – Ohio Northern University, Ohio Northern University Invitational, Ada, OH
Friday-Sunday, Aug. 29-31
TBA − Owens CC Tournament, Findlay, OH
Saturday, August 30
5 p.m. –John Carroll University, Ohio Northern University Invitational, Ada, OH
Saturday, August 30
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
10:30 a.m. − Vanderbilt Invitational, Hope College, Ridge Point Church, Holland, MI
View the complete Fall 2014 schedule