Regina grad, Shores resident shines for Michigan Tech track

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published January 11, 2019

 Michigan Tech senior Liz Bloch, left, competes during a cross country race last season. Bloch set school records in the 1,500- and 800-meter runs in 2018 on her way to earning a spot in the Division II national championships.

Michigan Tech senior Liz Bloch, left, competes during a cross country race last season. Bloch set school records in the 1,500- and 800-meter runs in 2018 on her way to earning a spot in the Division II national championships.

Photo provided by Michigan Tech University/Jeff Vigil

WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — “Outstanding” could be an understatement when describing the 2018 season Liz Bloch had with the Michigan Tech University track and field team.

Bloch, a 2014 graduate of Warren Regina, set a school record in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 27.93 seconds last spring. She also established a new Michigan Tech record in the 800 run, with a time of 2:11.02. Her time in the 800 was nearly two seconds better than the previous school record, which Bloch set in 2016.

The St. Clair Shores resident also claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship in the 1,500 run with a time of 4:36.81. She placed third at the conference championship in the 800 run (2:16.49), which helped Bloch earn first- and third-team All-GLIAC recognition, respectively.

Bloch’s performance earned her a trip to the 2018 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships, where she finished 15th in the preliminary round of the 1,500 run — three spots away from a slot in the finals.

Bloch said qualifying for the championships was a big goal for her and the Michigan Tech team. The Huskies senior said her performance and those of her teammates have helped with the growth of the program. The Michigan Tech women finished sixth of 11 teams at the GLIAC championships.

“I’ve been lucky enough to experience both lows and highs for the program, which makes this past season so special,” Bloch said.

The results and adulation earned are available for all to see, but the training has played a major role in Bloch’s success, she said.

Michigan Tech, located in Houghton, in the Upper Peninsula, has a trail system with lots of hills, which helps prepare for tough cross-country courses, according to Bloch.

“We train every day no matter the conditions, often in snow and ice,” Bloch said. “I’ve focused on the little things to improve, like injury prevention and taking easy days ... easy.”

Bloch, one of three triplets, has one season left as a collegiate athlete, and she wants to improve on her record-setting 2018. It’s clear, though, that individual goals aren’t all Bloch has in mind.

“I would like to make similar improvements in my last season at MTU,” Bloch said. “I would like to qualify for multiple events at the national level and compete with some of the top runners in the division. I think with this past season, our full team has huge goals for this track season, and it would be awesome to see the team move up and have many individuals qualify for the national (championships).”