Silver Lake College to Send Four Runners To USCAA Cross Country National Championships Nov. 8
The Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Cross Country team is preparing to compete at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships on Friday, November 8th, in Syracuse, New York. The event is hosted by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). The team, led by head coach Ryan Roberts and assistant coach Mike Cavanaugh, will have representatives in both the Men’s 8K and Women’s 6K races. The College will host a pep rally for the runners on Wednesday, November 6th at 12:00 pm in the College Cafeteria (first floor, main building), 2406 South Alverno Road, Manitowoc.
The Laker Women have three juniors competing at the national championship race. Mary Bettag, a Sheboygan native (Roncalli High School) competed at last year’s national event and finished 97th (31:08). She was also named a 2012 Academic All-American (requires a minimum 3.5 GPA). Bettag’s standout 2013 season included a 10th place finish at the Ripon College Red Hawk Invitational and reducing her time at the 5K distance by 45 seconds from her previous season personal best. Sophia Chin, a Manitowoc native (Manitowoc Lincoln), has shown consistent improvement in each of her three seasons and was also a 2012 Academic All-American. This year, Chin reduced her personal best 5K time by 1:54 and her 6K personal best time by 1:22 from last year’s best times. Taylor Vanden Plas, a New Franken native (Green Bay Preble High School), competed at last year’s national championship and placed 60th (28:05). This year, she garnered a pair of top ten finishes, placing 9th at the Ripon College Red Hawk Invitational and 10th at the Beloit Invitational. Vanden Plas reduced her 5K best time by 1:54 and her 6K best time by 1:22 from last year’s best times.
Representing the Laker Men is Brian “BJ” Ropel, a sophomore and former Mayville High School standout. He finished in 28th place (29:48) in last year’s national championship race. Despite battling injuries this year, Ropel earned a 15th place finish at the Ripon College Red Hawk Invitational and a 25th place finish at the Beloit Invitational.
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is a private, not-for-profit, Franciscan Catholic College that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds, offering traditional undergraduate, adult degree completion, and graduate programs, as well as concerts, art exhibits and other public events. The College offers USCAA intercollegiate athletics for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, soccer and golf. Additional information can be found on the College website, www.SL.edu and by following us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SilverLakeCollege.
Photos (left to right): Head Coach Ryan Roberts, Junior Mary Bettag, Junior Sophia Chin, Junior Taylor Vanden Plas, Sophomore Brian “BJ” Ropel.