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Women's Cross Country - Mon, Oct. 15, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- The women's cross country team ended Saturday's (Oct. 13) Hargett Harrier Invitational with plenty of emotional highs and lows after plenty of improvement by the team's freshmen, and an unfortunate injury to the team's senior leader.

The 5K even was hosted by Oakland Community College and was held at the Orchard Ridge Campus.

Overshadowing a strong day on the course was an injury to the Mustangs' most successful runner, Shana DeVoe (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon). The senior went down early in the race with an injury that was brought on by a tough, wet course that featured plenty of sharp hills.

Despite the injury, strong finishes by freshmen Mercedesz Brown (Redford, Mich./Thurston) and Devin Willis (Flint, Mich./Carmen Ainsworth) have the Mustangs aiming high for the remainder of the 2012 campaign. The freshmen duo continued their season-long improvement with Willis' 43rd place finish at the 30-minute mark. Brown, whose time is not currently available, finished just ahead of Willis to end a strong day for the pair.

The Mustangs will be back on the road Saturday (Oct. 20) in Grand Rapids, Mich. for the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge.