College Showcase: Addison sparks U-M cross country

Grand Haven graduate Becca Addison was the top finisher from the University of Michigan women's cross country team, helping the 18th-ranked Wolverines finish third overall at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sunday.
Nate Thompson
Oct 18, 2011

Addison, a junior at U-M, finished the 6,000-meter race 18th overall in a time of 21 minutes, 13 seconds. The Wolverines were topped in the final team standings by just Florida State and Georgetown, the No. 3 and 5 ranked teams in the nation, respectively. A total of 37 schools competed at the event.

The Wolverines have proven their talent several times this season, as they’ve already won the Illinois’ Orange & Blue Preview on Sept. 16, and the Great Louisville Claissic on Oct. 1.

Addison was second at the Illinois event and 10th overall at Louisville.

Michigan’s squad will compete again on Friday in the 5,000-meter Eastern Michigan University Fall Classic.

MCC SOCCER ON THE RISE

Muskegon Community College’s men’s soccer team isn’t playing like a first-year program.

The Jayhawks defeated Jackson Community College by a 2-1 score in overtime to clinch second place in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association league standings.

MCC finished 4-3-1 in league action and 9-7-1 overall.

A trio of local players contributed to the Jayhawks’ latest victory. Fruitport graduate Drew Maus recorded the team’s opening assist with 19:45 remaining in the first half, tying the contest at 1-1.

The score remained deadlocked until the closing minutes of the contest. After a throw-in, MCC’s Nate Schmitt touched the ball to Grand Haven graduate Paul Ortego, Jr. The former Buccaneer then sent a perfect cross to teammate Dan Zavala, who easily tapped in a three-footer for the winning goal.

Recording the victory in goal for MCC was Tyler Lane, a Western Michigan Christian graduate. He made two saves.

The Jayhawks’ victory assures the team of at least a No. 6 seed in the upcoming regional tournament. The Jayhawks will play their first tournament game on Oct. 26, but an opponent or site has yet to be determined. The final four teams that advance will play for the regional title on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30 at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.

GH DUO CONTRIBUTING AT HOPE

Hope College’s men’s soccer team saw its four-game winning streak halted by rival and league-leading Calvin College on Saturday, 1-0, before an impressive crowd of 3,527 fans at Hope’s Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

Hope’s record currently stands at 8-4-3 overall and 5-3-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Associaton.

The Flying Dutchmen managed just four shots on goal against the Knights, two of which were recorded by Grand Haven graduates — Matthew VanZytveld and Nic Heyboer. 

Earlier last week, VanZytveld, a midfielder, recorded an assist in Hope’s 5-0 victory against Alma College on Oct. 11, which was his third this season.

Heyboer scored a dramatic goal in the 88th minute of Hope’s 3-1 win over Albion on Oct. 8, pushing his season total to four. He also has tallied two assists this season.

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