EMU - Men's Cross Country Takes Third at Regionals, The Team's Highest Finish Since 2002
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MADISON, Wis. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University men's cross country team posted their highest team finish since 2002 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Nov. 13, in Madison, Wis. With 102 points, the team had its best showing at the event since they finished second 13 years ago, where they eventually went on to take third at the NCAA Championship.
Initially, the team got off to a slow start, as they adjusted to the elements. The team sat in 10th early on before they climbed the team rankings and jumped Mid-American Conference foe Akron.
Fresh off his Mid-American Conference individual title, junior Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich. - Mason) had another great race, finishing eighth and crossing the finish line in 30:40.1. Senior Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio - Maumee), the MAC runner-up, was just behind Raymond, as he took 12th in 30:55.8. The next two Eagle finishers were redshirt sophomore Hlynur Andresson (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland - Mountain Ridge) in 17th with a time of 31:10.8, and sophomore Csaba Matko (Racalmas, Hungary -Szechenyi Istvan Gimnazium), who ran to a 27th-place finish in 31:26.2.
Sophomore Lahsene Bouchikhi (Antwerp, Belgiu - Stedelijk Lyceum Paardenmarkt Luchthaven) crossed the finish line in 31:39.4, which was good for 38th. Rounding out the harriers for the Green and White were redshirt sophomores Mitch Lenneman (River Falls, Wis. - River Falls) in 56th and Abel Flores (Defiance, Ohio - Defiance) in 134th.
Head Coach John Goodridge was very pleased with the team's performance. "A wonderful team effort. I am very appreciative of how hard these guys raced today and hope this inspires them for the future," said Goodridge.
As they finished just outside of the top-two teams, the Eagles now wait to see if they are selected for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. If they are one of the 13 at-large teams selected, the national championship will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, in Louisville, Ky.
EMU Individual Results
8. Nick Raymond 30:40.1
12. Willy Fink 30:55.8
17. Hlynur Andresson 31:10.8
27. Csaba Matko 31:26.2
38. Lahsene Bouchikhi 31:39.4
56. Mitch Lenneman 32:09.9
134. Abel Flores 33:32.4