CMU - Chippewa Runners Gear Up for Trip to MSU

CMU - Chippewa Runners Gear Up for Trip to MSU

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - After competing in their season-opening Jeff Drenth Memorial more than a week ago, the Central Michigan cross country teams are warmed up and ready to compete Friday in the Auto Owners Spartan Invitational.

The event is slated for Forest Akers East Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State University. Some 30 teams, most representing universities and colleges within the state of Michigan, are expected to compete.

Based off the results from the Drenth, CMU associate coach Matt Kaczor said he feels confident that both the men and women's teams will succeed at MSU.

On the women's side, Kaczor is looking to see which student-athletes step up early in the season as CMU develops its lineup.

"I want to see who I can develop in this seven-and-a-half week span before the MAC Championship," Kaczor said.

On the men's side, CMU will rest several front-liners, including junior Nate Ghena, sophomore Spencer Nousain and senior Ethan Lievense.

"They will get their first taste of racing at Griak," Kaczor said in reference to CMU's next event, the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 27.

A CMU lineup void of that trio allows other Chippewas to gain valuable experience and encourages competition on what Kaczor has described as a very deep roster. It will be the first 8K race for freshmen Joseph Emmanuel and Alec Toreki, both of whom excelled in the 5K Drenth at Pleasant Hills Golf Course in Mount Pleasant.

Kaczor said several other veterans on the men's team, such as Kyle Stacks, Ben Wynsma and Nathan Huff, may be taking their pace slower than usual as they seek to peak heading into November.