Charlevoix County College Sports Digest 9-21-16

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• Winter Romeyn (Ellsworth 2015) captured the No. 4 performance for the No. 18 Michigan State University men’s cross country program at the Central Michigan University Jeff Drenth Invitational by placing 14th overall on the 5,000-meter course with a time of 15 minutes, 48.21 as the Spartans cruised past the Chippewas for a 20-38 victory on Sept. 2 in Mount Pleasant.


• Jenna Way (Charlevoix 2013) delivered a season-high eight assists, two digs, one kill and one block at setter for the NCAA Division II No. 17 Ferris State University volleyball program (4-4) in a 3-1 loss at home to Winona State University (9-0) on Sept. 3 in Big Rapids.
In the senior’s most recent effort, she registered one dig in a 3-0 sweep of Florida Institute of Technology (2-5) on Sept. 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
For the season, she’s compiled 10 assists, seven digs, four aces, two kills and one block.

• Malik Smith (Boyne City 2016) is a 5-foot-9, 215-pound running back for No. 12 Michigan State University, which improved to 1-0 overall after registering a 28-13 triumph at home against Furman University (0-2) on Sept. 2 in East Lansing.

• Ben Walton (East Jordan 2014) recorded three tackles in his first appearance of the year at defensive lineman for Northwood University (0-2) in a 28-3 loss at home to Wayne State University (1-1) on Sept. 3 in Midland.
• Tanner Kruzel (Boyne City 2016) is a 6-0, 200-pound running back for Northern Michigan University, which fell to 1-1 overall after sustaining a 47-41 loss at home to Angelo State University (1-1) on Sept. 10 in Marquette.

• Dustin Hejka (East Jordan 2014) is a 5-9, 175-pound wide receiver for Hope College, which fell to 0-2 overall after sustaining an 18-6 loss at Defiance College (1-1) on Sept. 10 in Defiance, Ohio.

• Dominic Santina (Boyne City 2016) clinched 90th overall at the 30th annual Detroit Mercy University Titan Cross Country Invitational with a time of 24 minutes, 27.3 seconds on the 4-mile course as an unattached athlete for Rochester College on Sept. 10 in Detroit.

• Andrew Plude (Charlevoix 2013) returns as a senior for Saginaw Valley State University, which opened with a runner-up finish among the field of 11 teams at the Ferris State University Ray Helsing Bulldog Invitational on Sept. 10 in Big Rapids.
Nick Plude (Charlevoix 2015) enters his redshirt freshman season for Saginaw Valley State University.

• Tristan Rudolph (Charlevoix 2014) captured the No. 10 performance for Aquinas College at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside Midwest Cross Country Open with a time of 28:04.2 on the 8,000-meter course as the Saints cruised to a fifth-place finish among the field of 12 teams on Sept. 10 in Parkside, Wisconsin.

• Luke Hawley (East Jordan 2012) returns as a senior for Aquinas College.

• Chandler Novotny (Charlevoix 2013) is a senior for Northwood University, which opened with a fifth-place finish among the field of 12 teams at the Ohio Dominican University Kickoff Classic on Sept. 6 in Blacklick, Ohio.

• Nick Snabes (Charlevoix 2014) is a junior forward for Otterbein University, which improved to 4-2 overall after securing a 2-0 sweep at home of Bluffton University (1-2) on Sept. 14 in Westerville.

• Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2012) returns as a redshirt senior for No. 9 Michigan State University, which opened with a 23-37 victory against Central Michigan University at the CMU Jeff Drenth Invitational on Sept. 2 in Mount Pleasant.

• Amber Way (Charlevoix 2015) enters her sophomore year for Michigan State University.

• Paige Podskalny (East Jordan 2014) is a junior for Northwood University, which opened with a 16th-place finish among the field of 16 teams at the University of Indianapolis Fall Invitational from Sept. 12-13 in Carmel, Indiana.