Charlotte native named MIAA runner of week

Bruce Baker

Bruce Baker

Bruce Baker had one of his best finishes of the season Friday.

And the Olivet College junior cross country runner was recognized for his strong showing over the weekend by being named the MIAA men’s runner of the week Monday.

Baker (Charlotte) received the honor after finishing sixth out of 172 runners at the Lansing Community College Invitational. He finished the 8K race with a time of 26:21.9 to earn his second top-10 finish this fall.

MICHIGAN STATE: Sophomore midfielder DeJuan Jones (East Lansing) scored his second goal of the season Sunday to help the No. 21-ranked Spartan men’s soccer team to a 1-1 tie in a matchup of teams tied for second in the Big Ten. Jones, who was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week Tuesday, has appeared in 11 games for MSU (8-2-1) and ranks second on the team with six points (two goals, two assists).

WISCONSIN: Junior goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem (Williamston) registered her sixth shutout of the season Saturday in the Badger women’s soccer team’s 1-0 Big Ten victory over Iowa. The shutout was the second in three games for Clem, who has a 0.79 goals against average and helped Wisconsin to a 6-4-5 mark.

GRAND VALLEY: Freshman Charley Campbell (Haslett) and sophomore Tara Lierman (Holt) helped keep the Division II top-ranked Laker women’s soccer team unbeaten in the GLIAC on Sunday. Campbell and Lierman each scored a goal in GVSU’s 8-0 win over Lake Erie.

Tara Lierman

Tara Lierman

LAKE ERIE: Freshman outside hitter Brooke Peiffer (Holt) had 29 kills and 14 digs while helping the Storm volleyball team split a pair of weekend matches against Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley. Peiffer has a team-high 210 kills for Lake Erie. She also recently was named the Storm student-athlete of the month for September.

SIENA HEIGHTS: Sophomore quarterback Lucas Barner (Everett) completed 20 of 40 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns for the Saints in their 24-22 loss to NAIA No. 5-ranked Saint Francis (Ind.).

HOPE COLLEGE: Senior Alex Lindsey (East Lansing) is the leading scorer for the Flying Dutch men’s soccer team this fall. He has three goals and one assist in 12 games.

Contact Brian Calloway at bcalloway@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @brian_calloway.