WMU - Cross Country Ends 2016 Season on High Note at NCAA Regionals
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MADISON, Wis. – Six out of the seven runners set new personal records as the Western Michigan cross country team finished in 19th place at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships at the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country course Friday afternoon, marking the end of the 2016 season for the team.
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In arguably the toughest regional in the nation, No. 5 Michigan won the race with 61 points as senior Erin Finn of the Wolverines won the individual race as well, with a time of 19:27.8. No. 14 Notre Dame, Wisconsin, No. 22 Michigan State and No. 13 Eastern Michigan rounded out the top-five teams.
"When you are missing your top-two runners your team can really take a hit but this is the best I've ever felt after a 19th place finish," head coach Kelly Lycan said. "Associate head coach Taryn Sheehan did a great job getting this team ready to run and overall she's done such a wonderful job in a short period of time. It's very encouraging to finish the season with an effort like this, our future looks very bright."
WMU's top-two individual runners were the same as the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships, as junior Hanne Christensen and sophomore Sarah Anderson led the way for the Broncos. Christensen placed 61st with a personal record time of 21:27.9 while Anderson came in 70th with a personal record time of 21:38.5. Senior Daya Wagh, who had one of her best races as a Bronco according to Lycan, also set a new personal record as she came in 77th place. Freshman Holly Blowers set a new PR while finishing fourth on the team while Amy Littlefield rounded out the team's top-five with a season-high time. Freshmen Kirstin McGahan and Haley Ritsema each set new PR's as well, finishing sixth and seventh on the team, respectively.
With the conclusion of the NCAA Regionals, the Broncos will finish out the season and look forward to the indoor track & field season.