Chippewas 4th, 7th at MAC Championships
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Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
KENT, Ohio -- The Central Michigan women placed fourth and the men were seventh Saturday at the Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships at Kent State Golf Course.
Megan O'Neil and Kelly Schubert led the CMU women, placing 10th and 11th, respectively. Both earned Second Team All-MAC honors. Teammate Kirsten Olling placed 21st.
"Schubert moved up a place from last year, O'Neill was 15th last year and to go from 15th to ninth, that really helped us, that was huge for us," CMU coach Matt Kaczor said. "And Olling, with the injuries she's been dealing with, she's been gutting it out. That really helped us today."
Also for the Chippewas, Hannah Davis was 35th and Jamie Madrigal placed 55th.
"O'Neill had a 30-second PR (personal record), Schubert had a 10-second PR, and our fifth runner, Jamie Madrigal, had a PR by about 20 seconds," Kaczor said. "O'Neill was 40 seconds faster than she was two weeks ago (at Pre-Nationals). That's huge. This wasn't the easiest of courses either for them to hit it."
Eastern Michigan swept both team titles for the second consecutive year. The Eagle women finished with 27 points, while Northern Illinois (78) was second, Bowling Green (116) was third and CMU (126) was fourth. The Chippewas edged fifth-place Toledo by one point.
The EMU men swept the top five spots to finish with 15 points - the lowest score possible - and win the team title. Miami (Ohio) was second with 63, and Buffalo (95) was third.
CMU finished with 196, as did eighth-place Toledo. CMU finished ahead of the Rockets based on the finish of the sixth runners. The Chippewas finished 51 points ahead of ninth-place Kent State.
"That's what we talked about, having that Chippewa pride that when you're near someone you're trying to do all you can to finish in front of them," Kaczor said. "Every guy, one-through-seven mattered; and we lost to Toledo by 100 points at the Pre-National meet two weeks ago.
"Early in the season we only beat Kent State by one point. The MAC meet brings out something special in them. MAC week is a special week and they showed up."
Junior Joseph Emmanuel finished 28th to lead the CMU men. Also for the Chippewas, Spener Nousain was 34th, Bransen Stimpfel was 41st, Alec Omell was 46th, and Casey Voisin finished 57th.