Michigan State women's cross country team wins Big Ten championship

The Detroit News
Michigan State women's cross country team members celebrate winning the Big Ten championship Sunday at Ohio State University.

Michigan State women’s cross country team won its seventh Big Ten title Sunday, edging Wisconsin 56-62 at Ohio State University. It’s the Spartans’ first crown since 2014 and ends Michigan’s three-year run as conference champs.

Senior Annie Fuller finished the 6-kilometer course third place overall in 20 minutes, 5.4 seconds as all five MSU runners finished in the top 16. MSU runners joining Fuller in the top 16 were: senior Jeralyn Poe, eighth, (20:29.6); junior India Johnson, 14th, (20:40.1); senior Lynsie Gram, 15th, (20:44.4); and sophomore Jenna Magness, 16th, (20:45.2).

The Badgers’ senior All-American Alicia Monson finished first overall to claim her second straight conference individual title, covering the 6K course in 20:05.4 to place nearly eight seconds ahead of Indiana sophomore Bailey Hertenstein (20:13.2).

Michigan finished in third place in the team competition with 88 points and had three runners in the top 20, led by freshman Ericka VanderLende (20:26.3). UM runners joining in the top 20 VanderLende were: junior Kathryn House, 10th, (20:33.9) and senior Anna West, 19th, (20:53.4).