Adams Finishes Runner-up at Spartan Invitational
Provided by CMU
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Five Chippewa cross country runners recorded top-25 finishes at Friday’s Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, powered by career best performances by the top finishers on the men’s and women’s teams.
Sophomore Tecumseh Adams led three runners on the men’s team in the top 25 with a career-best 24:26 time on the 8k course, followed by juniors Matt Lutzke and Jason Drudge in 24th and 25th place respectively. Lutzke crossed the line in 25:12 with Drudge just one second behind. The race was the first of the season for Adams, who finished just three seconds behind 2010 Mid-American Conference champion Terefe Ejigu (Eastern Michigan).
Senior Holly Anderson led the women’s team with a tenth place finish, recording a career-best 21:11 time on the 6k course. Junior Raeanne Lohner finished in 16th place with a time of 21:26.
"The men's and women's teams had a lot of positives in today's races," said CMU director of track and field/cross country Willie Randolph. "The men are moving in the right direction, and the future looks to be promising. The women had solid races with Holly Anderson and Raeanne Lohner leading the way. We wished for a tighter pack from the beginning, but we will be ready for the next time we step out."
Freshmen Ethan Lievense (25:30) and Ben Wynsma (25:47) ran their first collegiate 8k races, finishing 36th and 50th and rounding out the top five for the Chippewas. Sophomore Nathan Huff recorded a personal best for the Chippewa men with a 26:04 time, good for 68th place.
Junior Charnele Lyons crossed the line in 38th place with a 22:07 time, followed closely by junior Maddie Ribant with a 22:10 in 42nd place. Sophomore Krista Parks finished 59th in 22:29 to complete the top five for the women’s team.
Breanne Lesnar ran unattached for the Chippewa women and finished in 24th place with a time of 21:42.
Central Michigan cross country is next in action at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, September 30 at 2 p.m.