CMU sixth, 13th at Prenational

CMU sixth, 13th at Prenational

Provided by CMU

Andy Sneddon,

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Plenty of personal bests, a lot to build on, and yet plenty of room for improvement.

The Central Michigan women's cross country team finished sixth and the men were 13th Saturday in the NCAA Pre National Meet.

Senior Nate Ghena led the Chippewas in the men's race, an 8K, finishing in sixth place in 24 minutes, 11.8 seconds, a personal best. CMU sophomore Kirsten Olling was 14th in the women's race, a 6K, in 21:10.9.

"Ghena, it was his all-time best and he looked good, he had a lot left at the end," CMU coach Matt Kaczor said. "Overall I'm pretty happy with where we're at. Just a couple guys move here and there and we could have easily finished up to seventh. It tells you what one guy can do for you.

"It was a big day for some of our athletes."

Liberty won the men's race with a 159 team score. The Chippewas finished with 311. The CMU women finished with 258. Washington State was first with 176.

Thirty-one teams comprised the men's race, 35 with women's.

"On the women's side I thought we ran really well," Kaczor said. "The three - Kelly Schubert, Samantha Allmacher, Megan O'Neil -- were within two or three seconds of each other. That was helpful."

While Olling was 14th, Schubert placed 45h (21:45.1), Allmacher was 48th (21:46.9) and O'Neil was 51st (21:48.2). Also for the Chippewa women, Hannah Davis placed 100th (22:21.1), Alyssa Dyer was 126th (22:37.2) and Esther Bell placed 197th (23:34.4).

The times for Allmacher and O'Neil were personal bests, and Davis was within a few seconds of her all-time best, Kaczor said.

"Now it's how can we get the gap closer from one to two, and if we can do that, and with Breanne Lesnar coming back for the conference meet (Oct. 31), I think we'll be OK," Kaczor said. "It's going to be a tough battle."

In the men's race for CMU, Silas Dekalita was 21st (24:34.7), Joseph Emmanuel was 78th (25:11.7), Luke Anderson was 101st (25:28.9), Spencer Nousain was 105th (25:30.3), Casey Voisin finished 117th (25:38.2) and Mark Beckmann was 118th (25:38.4).

Anderson and Beckman, both freshman, turned in personal-best times.

"Those were huge marks for those two," Kaczor said.

Just 29 points separated the Chippewas from the seventh-place team, Missouri-Kansas City. That's a relatively small gap, Kaczor said, and one that can be overcome.

"If we improve a few places, we move up some spots," he said. "It's just going to be one of our guys from three through seventh that's just going to have to pick up the slack and that's going to make a huge difference."

Allie Buchalski of Furman won the women's race in 20:17.3, while Robert Allen of UMass Lowell was first in the men's race in 23:59.9.

The meet was hosted by Louisville and run on the course at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, which is the course on which the NCAA Championships are scheduled for Nov. 21.