The Michigan State football team added a little bronze to its uniforms last fall — and a lot to the ones it used for the University of Michigan game.
Now the MSU cross country program is adding bronze as well — bronze division races for Division 2 and 3 high schools in the Spartan Invitational on Friday at MSU’s Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing.
The bronze has been added to the white division for smaller schools (Div. 3 and 4), green division for larger schools (Div. 1 and 2) and elite division for top programs regardless of school size.
“The meet was getting so big,” meet director Andy Marsh said. “We felt adding a couple of varsity races would leave room for additional schools. We’re especially attempting to draw smaller schools, because we would like to make this meet even (in number of schools from each MHSAA division) across the board.”
Interest and participation has increased in recent years.
“We now have 25 percent of the Lower Peninsula MHSAA schools competing in this meet,” Marsh said.
The day begins with college races at noon. Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State are coming in part to get a chance to compete where the Big Ten meet will take place on Oct. 28.
MSU SPARTAN INVITATIONAL
at Forest Akers East Golf Course, East Lansing
Admission: $7 for adults or $5 for students
Parking: commuter lot on Mt. Hope at Farm Lane
Entrances: walk 800 meters to north entrance on Mt. Hope or take free shuttle to entrance on Harrison
COLLEGE DIVISION WOMEN’S 6K (noon) and MEN’S 8K (12:35 p.m.) — Area teams: Michigan State, Lansing Community College, MSU Running Club, Playmakers Elite; Others: Alpena CC, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Edinboro-Pa., Ferris State, Findlay, Glen Oaks CC, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale, Lake Superior State, Lawrence Tech, Macomb CC, Madonna, Marygrove, Miami-Ohio, Michigan, Michigan club team, Mott CC, Northwestern, Northwood-Mich., Oakland U., Ohio State, Saginaw Valley State, Schoolcraft, Shawnee State, Spring Arbor, Western Michigan, Wisconsin-Stout
HIGH SCHOOL WHITE DIVISION BOYS (1 p.m.) and GIRLS (1:35) — Area teams: Bath, Capital Homeschool, Carson City-Crystal, Fowler, Holt Lutheran (boys), Ithaca, Lansing Catholic (girls), Ovid-Elsie (girls), Portland, Saranac; Others: Albion, Birmingham Roeper, Cedar Springs Creative Technologies, Clarkston (boys), Essexville Garber (girls), Evart (girls), Fair Haven Anchor Bay, Farwell, Freeland, Fremont Providence Christian, Grass Lake, Hemlock, Hesperia, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic, Kalamazoo Home School, Manchester, Marlette (girls), Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, Napoleon, North Muskegon, Pinconning, Reed City, Saugatuck, Shepherd
BRONZE DIVISION BOYS (2 p.m.) and GIRLS (2:25) — Area teams: Alma, Fowlerville, Haslett, Lansing Waverly, Ovid-Elsie (boys), St. Louis; Others: Ada Forest Hills Eastern, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day, Big Rapids (girls), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, Clio (boys), Dearborn Divine Child (girls), Defiance (girls), Dowagiac, Flint Kearsley (girls), Frankenmuth, Fremont, Kalamazoo Christian, Lapeer East, Linden (girls), Manistee, Monroe, Monroe Jefferson, Mount Pleasant, Onsted, Plainwell (boys), Remus Chippewa Hills, Saginaw Swan Valley, South Lyon (girls), South Lyon East (girls), Spring Lake, Stevensville Lakeshore, Three Rivers, Vicksburg, Waterford Kettering, Wayland, Whitehall, Yale, Zeeland West
SPARTAN ELITE DIVISION BOYS (3:50 p.m.) and GIRLS (4:10) — Area teams: DeWitt (girls), East Lansing, Grand Ledge (girls), Lansing Catholic (boys), Mason (boys); Others: Beavercreek (boys), Benzie Central, Big Rapids (boys), Birmingham Seaholm (girls), Brighton (girls), Cedar Springs, Clarkston (girls), Defiance, Dexter, East Grand Rapids (girls), Evart (boys), Grand Haven, Grand Rapids Christian, Grandville, Grandville Calvin Christian, Grosse Pointe South (girls), Hartland, Hudsonville, Kent City, Lake Orion (boys), Linden (boys), Livonia Churchill (girls), Ludington, Marlette (boys), Mattawan, Midland Dow, Northville, Oxford, Plainwell (girls), Rochester (girls), Rochester Adams, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Rockford, Romeo (boys), Saginaw Heritage (boys), Saline, Sault Area (boys), St. Joseph, Strongsville, Sylvania Northview, Temperance Bedford, Traverse City Central, Troy (girls), Walled Lake Northern (boys), Waterford Mott, West Bloomfield (girls), Wyandotte Roosevelt (boys)
GREEN DIVISION BOYS (5:35 p.m.) and GIRLS (5:55) — Area teams: DeWitt (boys), Grand Ledge (boys), Holt, Lansing Eastern, Mason (girls), Okemos, St. Johns; Others: Alpena (boys), Auburn Bay City Western, Bay City Central, Birmingham Marian (girls), Birmingham Seaholm (boys), Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Brownstown Woodhaven, Caledonia, Clarkston (boys), Davison (boys), Dearborn Heights Crestwood, East Kentwood, Farmington, Farmington Hills North Farmington, Grand Blanc (girls), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills, Jenison (girls), Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, Livonia Churchill (boys), Livonia Stevenson, Macomb Dakota, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, Novi, Orchard Lake St. Mary (boys), Pontiac Notre Dame, Portage Central, Portage Northern, Rochester (boys), Romeo, Saginaw Heritage (girls), Shelby Township Utica Eisenhower, St. Clair Shores Lakeview (boys), St. Clair Shores South Lake (boys), Sterling Heights Stevenson (boys), Swartz Creek, Troy (boys), Walled Lake Northern (girls), West Bloomfield (boys), White Lake Lakeland, Wyandotte Roosevelt (girls), Yale
OTHER RACES: Junior varsity (JV) for high schools in the bronze and white division boys (2:50 p.m.) and girls (3:20); junior varsity for elite and green division boys (4:35) and girls (5:05); and middle school 3200 meter boys (6:20) and girls (6:25)