WMU - Cross Country Heads to Bradley Classic
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - For the third year in a row the Western Michigan women’s cross country team will travel to Peoria, Ill. on Friday to take part in the 11th annual Bradley Classic at Newman Golf Course.
The Bradley Classic serves as Bradley’s Breast Cancer Awareness meet. Every participant in both the men’s and women’s races wear a pink bib number on the front of their jersey and on the back, the participants wear a blank pink bib to write the names of anyone they might know that has been affected by breast cancer.
“As we look towards championship season, this meet is another great building block, “said assistant coach Rebekah Smeltzer.
It’s been over a week since the Broncos have seen competition after placing 13th at the Notre Dame Invitational. WMU was once again paced by stellar freshman Maria McDaniel, who earned her second win of the season against 210 runners at the Invitational with a 5K time of 16:46. It was McDaniel’s second win of the season after winning the Crusader Invitational in her first collegiate meet.
“She has a great attitude going into every race,” added Smeltzer. “To be that young and have that much maturity when racing is amazing.”
Senior Ann Marie Arseneau finished second for WMU and 23rd overall with a time of 17:31.2 Freshman Hanne Christensen came in third for WMU and 62nd overall, just under the 18:00 mark at 17:59.5. Sophomores Daya Wagh and Amy Littlefield rounded out the top five for WMU.
At the Bradley Classic last year the Broncos placed 15th out of 26 teams as they geared up for the Mid-American Conference Championships. Senior Becca Peacock is the top returnee from last year as she finished second for WMU and 95th overall with a time of 22:38. Wagh placed third in last year’s event for the Broncos with a time of 22:40.
Arseneau and junior Raychel Figurski rounded out the top seven for WMU a season ago. Areseneau ran a time of 22:46 while Figurski wasn’t far behind at 23:07.
The Bradley Classic will feature the third 6k race this season for the Broncos. McDaniel has posted the best time out of any Bronco at the 6k events, running a 21:20 at WMU’s lone home meet of the season, the George Dales Invitational.
“We want to use our success and confidence from previous meets, so that we can perform at our best when it counts,” said Smeltzer.
WMU will see a week off next weekend before getting a chance to make it count at the MAC Championships at Central Michigan.