EMU WXC Places Fifth at 2011 MAC Cross Country Championships

EMU WXC Places Fifth at 2011 MAC Cross Country Championships

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MUNCIE, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University women's cross country team placed fifth this afternoon at the 2011 Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships in Muncie, Ind.

Toledo scored a total of 33 points to take home the title, while Central Michigan came in second with 73 points. Miami followed in third place (83 points), while Ohio followed in fourth place (86 points). Eastern Michigan (fifth, 89 points), Western Michigan (sixth, 177 points), Akron (seventh, 212 points), Ball State (eighth, 227 points), Kent State (ninth, 257 points), Buffalo (10th, 262 points), Northern Illinois (11th, 309 points) and Bowling Green (12th, 379 points) rounded out the field.

The Eagles placed three runners in the top-20 with two earning All-MAC accolades.

"This was by far our best race as a team this season, said Head Coach Sue Parks. "Unfortunately, although we improved our point total by 67 points over last year, we still finished in the same spot.  It was disappointing to be so much closer to the top teams and not finish higher in the end.  Our top four ran very well but we needed a better race by someone at the No. 5 spot in order to move up."

Freshman Victoria Voronko was impressive in her first ever try at the championships, pacing the Green and White with a fourth-place 20:57.0 performance on the Pine View Golf Club in Muncie, Ind. at Muncie Elks Country Club. Her efforts earned her First Team All-MAC honors this afternoon.

Also picking up conference honors was Second Team All-MAC performer Courtney Calka. The junior took 13th after maintaining a 5:47 pace for a 21:35.9 time.

"I am proud of the way that freshman Victoria Voronko held her composure when the race went out hard," added Parks.  She did a great job and will learn from her experience in her first MAC meet.  Courtney Calka also showed her toughness by continuing to move up throughout the race.  She has now earned All-MAC honors three years in a row.  Morgan Churchwell (17th place) and Beverly Elcock (21st place) also had outstanding races."  Beverly's time of 21:52 was a 30 second personal best."

Morgan Churchwell also tallied valuable points and rounded out the top-20 for the Green and White, completing the 6,000-meter event in the 17th spot in 21:46.8.

Beverly Elcock crossed just seconds later in 21st place, while teammates Rachel Quaintance and Amber Hutson finished 34th and 42nd, respectively.

Cassie Coffman would be the final member of the EMU squad to post points this afternoon in 60th place.

"I am pleased with the progress that the team has made over the last year and if we can continue this kind of development," said Parks. "I believe that we can compete with the top teams in the MAC in the future.  We are excited to head to the regional meet in two weeks and see if we can show even more improvement as a team."

2011 MAC Women's Cross Country All-MAC First Team
Juli Accurso, Ohio
Emma Kertesz, Toledo
Ari Fisher, Toledo
Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan
Megan Vogelsong, Toledo
Charnele Lyons, Central Michigan
Emily Pifer, Ohio

2011 MAC Women's Cross Country All-MAC Second Team
Maggie Bingham, Miami
Kaylin Belair, Toledo
Krista Parks, Central Michigan
Holly Anderson, Central Michigan
Jess Hoover, Miami
Courtney Calka, Eastern Michigan
Kristal Studer, Toledo      

2011 MAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year
Kevin Hadsell, Toledon Michigan