HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech cross country program and head coach Jake Isaacson have announced the schedule for the 2019 season. The Michigan Tech women finished the year with a seventh-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championships, while the men's team placed seventh at the Midwest Regional Championships.
MTU kicks off its season in East Lansing, Michigan for the annual MSU Spartan Invitational on September 13, hosted by Michigan State. The Huskies opened their 2018 season in East Lansing, where they totaled seven runners inside the top 100 in a field comprised of some of the best runners in Division I, II, and III.
Michigan Tech will conclude September with a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational on September 28. The race, hosted by the University of Minnesota, has been held every year since 2015, and will feature a field of the top runners in college cross country. The Black and Gold saw their women's place finish fourth among Division II teams, with Emily Byrd finishing sixth to lead the team.
October will prove to be a busy month for Michigan Tech as four meets dot the calendar. The first race of October will be the Blugold Invite, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, on October 4. Michigan Tech sent the men's team to compete in last year's competition, and the men took 10th place with three runners finishing in the top 60.
The fifth-annual Conference Cross Over Invitational, hosted by Lewis University, will be the next meet for the team on October 12. The Huskies have raced in the event in every year of its existence, placing ninth and 19th for the men's and women's teams, respectively, in 2018. Byrd and Liz Bloch were among the top runners for the Michigan Tech women, and Braden Reichl topped the field of Michigan Tech men.
The final race of the regular season will be held at the NMU Golf Course in Marquette as the Huskies will race at the U.P. Championships, hosted by Northern Michigan on October 18. A competition between the NCAA institutions of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan Tech placed six of its attached female runners inside the top 10, and five attached male runners inside the top 15 at the 2018 race.
The postseason begins in Hammond, Indiana on October 26 at the 2019 GLIAC Cross Country Championships, hosted by Purdue Northwest. Michigan Tech saw six of its men and women runners earn All-GLIAC honors as the women's team finished second and the men took third for the best combined team finish at the conference championships in program history.
Following the GLIAC Championships is the 2019 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships on November 9. Hosted by the University of Southern Indiana, the top three teams in the men's and the women's races automatically qualify for the National Championships, as do the top five individual runners from teams who fail to finish in the top three. The women finished third with three runners earning All-Region plaudits, while the men finished seventh with Braden Reichl finishing as All-Region.
Should either team finish in the top three in the Midwest, the Huskies will head to Sacramento, California for the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships on November 23. Byrd and Reichl both earned All-America honors in last year's race, the most in a single National Championship race in program history, while the women earned seventh place for their best team-finish in school history.
Click the link at the top of the page for the complete schedule. Times for each event have yet to be announced.