EMU Women's Cross Country Takes 14th at Nuttycombe Invite

EMU Women's Cross Country Takes 14th at Nuttycombe Invite

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MADISON, Wis. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's cross country team placed 14th in the Nuttycombe Invitational Friday, Oct. 13, in Madison, Wis. The Eagles posted a team score of 403 points, topping five teams ranked within the nation's top-30.



"It was a good showing for where our fitness is right now," said Head Coach Sue Parks. "I feel that we made a big jump the last two weeks and we'll continue to make progress as a few key athletes round into top shape."



Senior Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich.-Davison) led the Eagles with a 27th-place finish, crossing the line in 20:20.8. She has now led the Green and White in every meet she has participated in this season (three). Redshirt-senior Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia-Lyceum #83) put together a strong performance, placing 39th in 20:31.5 for the team's second-best finish of the day, while redshirt-junior Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich.-Chippewa Valey) managed to crack the top-100, ranking 80th out of a pool of 227 runners.



"We got out faster than we did at Notre Dame but still not quite where we need to be," added Parks. "We plan to work on racing sharp in the weeks to come. It was a solid team effort and we're excited to take this momentum into the next two weeks as we prepare for the MAC Championship."



The Green and White entered the meet merely receiving votes to be ranked within the top-30, but ended the day above No. 14 Indiana (17th), No. 22 Utah (16th), No. 22 Georgetown (19th), No. 27 Yale (20th), and No. 28 Virginia (21st).



EMU also raced seven harriers in the women's open, finishing eighth with a total score of 208 points, edging meet-host Wisconsin (9th - 216). Freshman Madison Distelrath (Fort Wayne, Ind.-Homestead) paced the runners in the open division, placing 46th with a time of 22:14.5. Fellow freshman Tarynn Cullings (Medina, Ohio-Medina) and seniors Lauren Pottschmidt (Granger, Ind.-Penn) and Claire Mesa (Rockford, Ill.-Rockford Lutheran) rounded out the Eastern harriers who ranked within the top-90 at No. 67, No. 84, and No. 86, respectively.



The Eagles finish out their regular season Friday, Oct. 20, as they play host during the annual EMU Fall Classic held in Dexter, Mich.



EMU Team Results


1. New Mexico 87


2. San Francisco 126


3. North Carolina St. 169


4. Boise State 233


5. Providence 253


6. Furman 257


7. Washington 257


8. Stanford 292


9. Wisconsin 298


10. Minnesota 313


11. Michigan State 331


12. Columbia 389


13. Iowa State 390


14. Eastern Michigan 403


15. California 444


16. Utah 449


17. Indiana 454


18. Syracuse 488


19. Georgetown 512


20. Yale 526


21. Virginia 532


22. Air Force 542


23. Baylor 546


24. Notre Dame 565


25. UCLA 595


26. Kentucky 604


27. Purdue 624


28. Florida State 653


29. Colorado St. 657


30. Tulsa 667


31. Penn 686


32. Vanderbilt 791


33. Harvard 900



EMU Individual Results


Women's Championship


27. Jordann McDermitt 20:21.1


39. Alsu Bogdanova 20:31.5


80. Natalie Cizmas 21:02.2


110. Sydney Meyers 21:24.7


147. Jenna Wyns 21:41.0


150. Allie Knoll 21:42.8


194. Anna Aldrich 22:18.1



Women's Open


46. Madison Distelrath 22:14.5


67. Tarynn Cullings 22:37.9


84. Lauren Pottschmidt 23:20.3


86. Claire Mesa 23:25.2


95. Kathryn Chevoor 23:58.9


96. Rachel Brougher 24:38.3


97. Mikaylie Park 24:40.1

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