Sometimes the most important step for a college athlete is
capitalizing on opportunities and proving oneself worthy of
competing at the Division I level. Just ask junior Laura Brosius of
the women’s cross country team. At the Michigan
Intercollegiates on Friday, coach Mike McGuire chose to give some
different runners a chance to compete, including Brosius.

“In a nutshell, it was giving people an opportunity that
don’t get a chance to race as often as some of the people who
run on varsity, but they work every bit as hard,” McGuire
said. “It got them a chance to get in a role, where instead
of being a support person, they’re up in front of the pack. I
was just seeing how they’d respond, and they responded really
well.”

McGuire was particularly happy with Brosius’s performance.
He was already impressed with her improvement this season,
especially after last weekend, when she placed fourth in the open
division with an 18:16 in the 5K at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Brosius made the most of her opportunity on Friday, running a 14:14
4K for a second-place finish.

“I thought that was an outstanding race for her,”
McGuire said. “Laura’s done some really good things
lately and she’s on the cusp of giving herself the
opportunity to run on varsity and a chance to be a part of the
season.”

Senior Chelsea Homan and sophomore Laura Glynn were the next two
Wolverines across the finish line. Homan finished eighth and Glynn
finished a split second behind her in ninth. Glynn and Homan
approached the race with a different strategy because they were
running a shorter 4K race. Homan said she and Glynn tried to start
out strong and take advantage of the downhill portion at the
beginning of the course. Running the same race allowed Homan and
Glynn to stay together and get each other through the tougher parts
of the course.

“It was hard because it was rainy, muddy and slippery, but
it was good,” Glynn said. “(Homan) helped push me
towards the middle of the race and gave me somebody to run with. We
helped push each other, especially at the end. I was kind of dying,
and she was doing really well.”

Sophomore Kalli Williams finished 20th with a time of 14:53. The
Wolverines finished in second place with 39 points for the meet,
just behind first place Grand Valley State. Overall, McGuire was
happy with the way the Wolverines finished against their in-state
competitors.

“I saw a lot of competitive spirit out there,”
McGuire said. “Laura Glynn is more of a middle distance
runner. We’re trying to get her strong through cross country
running, but she ran a really good race. Chelsea Homan has had leg
problems, but she ran a real competitive race. For Kalli Williams,
that was only her second race in uniform for us. She’s a
redshirt freshman. I thought she did a nice job.”

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