cross country award winners

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Karen Barrientos (left) and Anna Brandt (right) accept Horizon League awards.


November. 20, 2017

Cleveland State cross country ties school record for highest finish in Horizon League Championship

The Horizon League Championship cross country competition at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Oct. 28 capped the winningest season in Cleveland State history as the team tied for its highest finish at the Horizon League Championship (fourth), which was previously set in 2011.

The dynamic duo of Karen Barrientos (senior) and Anna Brandt (freshman) who both finished in the top 10, led the team. Brandt finish seventh while Barrientos was eighth overall in the competition.

Brandt’s seventh place finish was also the highest of all true freshman at the Horizon League Championship, which enabled Brandt to be named name Freshman of the Year.

“At first, I was shocked! I did not realize that I was the first freshman to finish. I thought there were other freshmen who would have received that award other than myself” Brandt said. “After the shock went away, I felt honored and fortunate to have the team and coaching that kept pushing me to work harder every day.”

Barrientos and Brandt have been mainstays in the top 10 throughout the year and all their achievements did not go unnoticed by the Horizon League. Brandt made the All Horizon League First Team and Barrientos the Second Team.

“It was an honorable experience, and although I would've liked to been a part of All Horizon League First Team my last year of cross, it was still a memorable experience with such an uplifting team and supportive family and friends,” Barrientos said. “I was grateful to have Anna as a competitive teammate my last year because competition at practices makes for better races.”

Oakland won the Horizon League Championship followed by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Wisconsin Milwaukee, Cleveland State, and rounding out the top five, Wright State.

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