Looking Ahead—Briton’s cross country narrows focus to MIAA championship

The Britons have their work cut out for them for the upcoming MIAA cross-country championship.

At the Inter-Regional Rumble on Oct. 15, the men’s team, ranked 34th nationally, caught fire running over No. 32 Allegheny College and No. 15 Wabash College. The Albion men won the meet with 117 points and the squad is once again poised to rise in the NCAA Division III national rankings.

Ranked 8th regionally, the women’s team also had a solid meet, beating out No. 7 Mount Union College. Lauren Kettle, Milford first-year, placed first for the women, pushing out rival Case Western’s Natalia Cabrera by nine-tenths of a second. Amanda Weaver, Marshall junior, finished 15th for the women.

These victories provide a boost to the morale of both squads leading up to the MIAA championship, this Saturday at Alma.

“We’re running really well,” head coach Hayden Smith said. “We’ve been improving all year long, and it looks like the workouts are coming together to have us run at our best for the championship.”

Weaver seems confident in the team’s ability to perform well this weekend.

“I’m optimistic for this weekend. I think we’re going to surprise some people,” Weaver said. “We have much more potential on the team then we’ve ever had before. Everybody will step up in their own way, and good things will happen.”

Photo courtesy of Emily Ten Eyck

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