WMU - Cross Country Season Ends at Great Lakes Regional Championship

WMU - Cross Country Season Ends at Great Lakes Regional Championship

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TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Western Michigan cross country season came to an end at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship, hosted by the University of Toledo, on Saturday afternoon.

The Broncos finished 18th overall with a score of 530 points. The University of Michigan won the region with a score of 45. 

"In a meet like this it is hard not having a front-runner like we did last year," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I thought our top three runners ran very well for us today and overall I think we actually ran a pretty good race, running up to our capabilities."

The Bronco top three consisted of Rachel WhitleyAmber Brunmeier and Jeriesha Tucker. Whitley finished with a 6k time of 22:05.1, taking 67th overall. Brunmeier and Tucker finished right behind one-another, both with the time of 22:09.1. 

"I think this was Jeriesha's best race of her career," added Lycan. "She did a great job of helping out her teammate when she was side-by-side with Amber. They did a good job of not letting anybody pass them in the final 2k or so."

Whitley, Brunmeier and Tucker ran as a pack for most of the race until Whitley used her speed to break away. The three handled what coach Lycan described as a "very difficult course with lots of turns and hills."

Sophomore Aisha Hodge was WMU's fourth finisher with a time of 23:22.6, while Teresa Marin made her first appearance in the Bronco top five this season with a time of 23:44.1.

"We made progress last year," concluded Lycan. "I felt that collectively this group was better than the last year and that was without a strong front runner like Samantha Tomerlin. I felt they made great strides throughout the season and I hope we can take some of this momentum and push it into the indoor track season."