EMU - Women's Cross Country Opens Season at EMU Celebration
Provided by EMU
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University women's cross country team opened the 2015 season with nine harriers running at the non-scored EMU Celebration, Sept. 5. All nine racers finished within the top 55 of 121 total participants, with three being top-20 finishes.
The Green and White were led by third-place finisher Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich. - Davison), who finished the 5,000-meter event with a time of 17:12.9, 12 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher. McDermitt was followed by Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium - Univ. of Leuven) in ninth-place with a time of 17:48.5 and Danielle Bentzley (Birmingham, Mich. - Seaholm) in 19th-place with 18:12.1.
Additionally, the Eagles were represented by Amy Frauhammer (Saline, Mich. - Saline), Rebecca Quaintance (Commerce, Mich. - Walled Lake Northern), and Lauren Pottschmidt (Granger, Ind. - Penn). Frauhammer crossed the finish line in 19:00.2, while Quaintance and Pottschmidt finishing with times of 19:09.3 and 19:59.1. The trio finished in 33rd, 36th, and 51st, respectively.
Three Eagles made their debuts at the race, with transfer Allie Knoll (Warren, Mich. - Warren Mott) leading the bunch at 18:30.6, good for a 26th-place finish . Freshmen Sydney Myers (Zionsville, Ind. - Zionsville Community), who ran the event in 18:54.1, and Rebekah Branham (Circleville, Ohio - Circleville), who finished in 20:01.9, began their collegiate careers with 32nd and 53rd-place finishes.
When summarizing the event, head coach Sue Parks stated "It was a really exciting event and it was nice to have so many alums and parents and fans out here. It was a beautiful morning and we were excited to get our season rolling."
The Eagles will continue their season next Friday, Sept. 11, at the George Dales Invitational in Kalamazoo, Mich.
EMU Individual Results
3. Jordann McDermitt 17:12.9
9. Sofie Gallein 17:48.5
19. Danielle Bentzley 18:12.1
26. Allie Knoll 18:30.6
32. Sydney Meyers 18:54.1
33. Amy Frauhammer 19:00.2
36. Rebecca Quaintance 19:09.3
51. Lauren Pottschmidt 19:59.1
53. Rebekah Branham 20:01.9