CMU - Parks and Ghena Lead CMU at Griak Invitational

CMU - Parks and Ghena Lead CMU at Griak Invitational

Provided by CMU

Falcon Heights, Minn. – The Central Michigan Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed at the 28th Annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Chippewas took 15th overall (450 points) in the 6k women’s race while the men’s squad finished 19th (535 points) in the 8k race. It was the first team scored meet of the year for both squads.

Senior Krista Parks was the top female finisher for CMU, taking 47th with a time of 22:03 while Nate Ghena led the men, taking 80th with a time of 25:38.

“I thought both our squads were pretty solid today,” said associate head coach Matt Kaczor. “This is a very competitive meet, so I was hoping that both teams would rise to the level of the competition a little more. This is the point in the season when things really begin to ramp up and both our squads need to respond.”

“I was impressed with some of the teams the women beat and, again, we got great leadership from Krista Parks. For the men, we definitely need to tighten up our packs as our second group fell behind too far early in the race.”

Sophomore Kelly Schubert was CMU’s second female finisher, placing 68th with a time of 22:21. Fellow sophomore Alyssa Dyer also earned a top-100 finish, as her time of 22:38 earned her a finish of 96th.

Junior Ethan Lievense finished right behind Ghena in 89th place with a time of 25:43. Freshman Spencer Nousain was CMU’s other top-100 finisher, taking 93rd with a 25:46.

Tylor Thatcher of BYU won the men’s race in 24:26, helping the Cougars claim the men’s team title with a score of 62.

Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State claimed the women’s race in 20:36, and Arizona won the women’s title with 48 points.

The Chippewas will next compete at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Oct. 4.