Broncos Take Fourth at Crusader Invitational
by RunMichigan Staff, Sep. 2, 2011
Provided by WMU
Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Western Michigan cross country team opened the 2011 season with a fourth place finish at the Crusader Invitational, hosted by Valparaiso, on Friday evening.
The Broncos battled mid-90’s heat and several hills but were unable to keep a tight pack and finished with 86 points. Marquette finished in front of the Broncos in third with 78, while Notre Dame finished in second with 33 and Northwestern took home the championships with 25.
“There was one minute between our first finisher and our second finisher,” said head coach Kelly Lycan. “That is something we cannot have if we are going to be a successful team. That is just too big of a gap.”
Senior Amber Brunmeier finished as WMU’s top runner for the first time in her career, taking eighth overall with a 5k time of 18:51.3. Sophomore Alex Forsythe finished behind her with a time of 19:50.4.
“Alex had really been performing well in practice and she ran a strong and consistent race,” added Lycan.
Junior Rachel Whitley , Becca Peacock and Aisha Hodge rounded out WMU’s top five. Whitley turned in a time of 19:55.4, while Peacock turned in a time of 20:22.6 in her first collegiate race.
“Becca had looked really well in practice,” said Lycan. “She really picked up a lot of ground in the second half of the race to finish strong.”
The Broncos compete in their lone home meet of the season on Friday at the annual George Dales Invitational at Pine View Golf Club in Three Rivers, Mich.