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Spartan Women’s Cross Country Team Edge Out In-state Rivals for Second Big Ten Championship in Two Years

The MSU Women’s Cross Country Team won their second Big Ten Championship title last weekend in Champaign, Illinois.  The team posted a score of 55 which beat UofM’s 61 points marking it the sixth narrowest margin of victory in the Big Ten conference history.


The team was led by sophomore’s Julia Otwell (sixth place), Sara Kroll (8th place) and senior Carlie Green (9th place).  Otwell earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for her performance, with Kroll and Green following her earning second-team All-Big Ten.  


The top seven girls on the women’s team got to compete in the Oct. 30th championship race which also consisted of, senior Rebekah Smeltzer, junior Rachel McFarlane, freshman Leah O’Connor and junior Katie Haines.  However, they credit the win as a team win, with the entire team making the trek to Illinois to support and help them to edge out our in-state rivals (UofM) in the end.


“We love running together and improving everyday.  We know how much each of us wanted this win (the Big Ten Championship) so times did not matter, it was all about place,” junior McFarlane said.  


She added that they, “Worked together during the race and trusted each others abilities.  It was a hard fought battle but we came out successful in the end and accomplished a team goal we set at the beginning of the year!” 


This all around teamwork attitude is only one of many reasons why HCMSU chose to feature this amazing women’s Spartan team for not only their accomplishments on the course but also their love for MSU and working together as athletes with a common goal.

Lauren is a fifth year senior at Michigan State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a specialization in Editorial Reporting which she will graduate with in the summer of 2012. She previously graduated in May 2011 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in Apparel and Textile Design. Last summer she interned at 944 magazine which helped to strengthen her love for journalism. Lauren loves planning events such as the MSU Annual Undergraduate Fashion Exhibit last year where she had some of her designs and clothing featured. She loves sewing in her spare time and creating beautiful clothes for herself, friends and family. Lauren also enjoys entering her designs into fashion shows such as the Annual Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show last spring on campus where one of her dresses was a finalist for the judges choice award. She loves any kinds of sweets, cooking, crazy nail polish colors, Italian and Mexican food, shopping for shoes, MSU football games and watching The Devil Wears Prada over and over. Lauren is so excited to be a part of the Her Campus team and is very eager to begin the Her Campus branch at Michigan State!
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