WMU - Autumn Lewis Leads the Broncos at the EMU Fall Classic

WMU - Autumn Lewis Leads the Broncos at the EMU Fall Classic

Provided by WMU

 Aimee Luurtsema, Graduate Assistant for Marketing, Communications & Engagement

DEXTER, Mich. – The Western Michigan cross country team wrapped up its final regular season race Friday, Oct. 20, at the EMU Fall Classic, hosted by Eastern Michigan. Sophomore Autumn Lewis finished first for the Broncos with a 20:26.2 time, good for a 44th place finish.


"Today was a beautiful day for running," commented WMU head coach Kelly Lycan. "Today was an important race for our team while we try to determine who will get our nine spots for the next week's MAC Championships. It was the last opportunity for them to improve before the postseason."

Friday's race included nationally ranked programs in Michigan and Michigan State along with Mid-American Conference competitors Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Toledo. Rounding out the teams at the EMU Fall Classic include Cleary, Detroit Mercy, Illinois Tech, Kalamazoo, MSU Running Club and Schoolcraft.

The Broncos used this last opportunity before the MAC Championships to gain experience before the postseason begins, as seven Broncos participated on Friday afternoon. Lewis, who ran a season best time at the 2016 EMU Fall Classic where she finished 73rd overall, led WMU finishing 44th with a 20:26.2 time. Freshman Courtney Allen (48th), sophomore Haley Ritsema (52nd), freshman Charlotte Ramser (53rd) and junior Makenzie Evers (54th) rounded out the Bronco top-5 finishers. The other two finishers include senior Kayla Dominguez (59th) and sophomore Mattie Goodwin (65th).

Western Michigan will take nine runners to the MAC Championships next Saturday, Oct. 28, in Oxford, Ohio, beginning at 11 a.m.