College Showcase: GH grad Myers turns in strong freshman season at St. Louis

Grand Haven graduate Natalie Myers has enjoyed a tremendous freshman season on the women's cross country team at Division 1 St. Louis University. The former Buc standout was the third Billiken to finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday, held in Concord, N.C. Myers finished the 5K race in 19 minutes, 0.7 seconds to place 53rd overall. As a team, St. Louis finished fifth at the event, trailing champion La Salle, Dayton, Charlotte and Richmond.
Nate Thompson
Nov 1, 2011

Myers has turned in a number of strong, consistent finishes, including a 67th place finish at the Bradley University Classic on Oct. 14 (out of 230 runners); a 41st place finish at the National Catholic Invitational at Notre Dame on Sept. 16 (out of 274 runners); and a 30th place showing at the Northern Illinois’ Huskie Open on Sept. 10 (out of 105 runners).
ADDISON EARNS ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
The 19th-ranked University of Michigan women’s cross country team placed second at the 2011 Big Ten Championships on Sunday, held in Champaign, Ill.
Grand Haven graduate Becca Addison was the second Wolverines’ finisher, as she placed fourth overall in a time 20:21. It was Addison’s personal best in a 6,000 meter race, and helped her earn All-Big Ten first team honors. Addison shared the honor with teammate Danielle Tauro, a fifth-year senior who finished third overall.
U-M’s team score of 61 points trailed defending champion Michigan State by just six points.
Addison and the Wolverines will be back in action on Nov. 12 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, held in Toledo, Ohio. 
MARX THRIVES IN STARTING ROLE
Mindy Marx, a Grand Haven graduate and sophomore middle hitter for the Ball State women’s volleyball team, stepped into the starting lineup for an injured teammate on Saturday and turned in one of her best performances of the season for the Cardinals.
Marx matched her season-high with 12 kills, hit for a rock-solid .625 percentage, and tallied two blocks in the Cardinals’ three-game sweep of Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo.
The victory improves Ball State’s stellar record to 22-3 overall, as well as 11-1 in the MAC. It’s the best 25-match start in the program’s history.
Marx ranks sixth on the Cardinals’ squad with 102 kills, good for 1.82 per game. She also has tallied 54 total blocks, good for third-best on the team.
Marx gets a chance to return to West Michigan on Friday, as the Cardinals travel to Kalamazoo to challenge Western Michigan University. The match begins at 7 p.m.

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