EMU - Men's Cross Country Finishes Fifth at NCAA Great Lakes Regional

EMU - Men's Cross Country Finishes Fifth at NCAA Great Lakes Regional

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MADISON, Wis. (EMUEagles.com) —Eastern Michigan University's men's cross country team recorded its best regional finish since the 2006 campaign, as it placed fifth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Nov. 14. The Eagles recorded 164 points behind four nationally-ranked programs.

The overall team title was won by No. 6 Wisconsin with 61 points, while Indiana State's John Mascari was the first harrier to finish the race in 30:07.

After claiming his first Mid-American Conference individual championship on Nov. 1, Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio-Maumee) continued to pace the team with a top-20 finish. Fink took 19 th in a time of 30:29, more than two minutes faster than his time from just one season ago. In fact, the entire scoring lineup crossed the line ahead of the 31:18 mark that Warren Witchell (Williamston, Mich.-Dansville) set to pace the team at the 2013 regional meet, as six-of-seven competing Eagles finished in the top-50 this year.

Fink was followed by Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich.-Mason), who completed the 10,000 meter course in 30:51, and Hlynur Andresson (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland-Mountain Ridge (Alderson Broaddus) in 30:51 for a pair of top-30 finishes. Witchell was the next to cross the line at 43rd in 31:11, and Lahsene Bouchikhi (Antwerp, Belgium-Stedelijk Lyceum Paardenmarkt Luchthaven) was just two seconds behind him to finish as EMU's fifth man.

Also competing were John Knox (Gloversville, N.Y.-Gloversville) and Mitch Lenneman (River Falls, Wis.-River Falls) . Knox was just out of scoring range in 31:14, while Lenneman notched a time of 32:43.

The Eagles will await the results of all the regional meets in the nation to see if they will receive a bid to the NCAA Championship based on points, or if individual Eagles will receive a trip to Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 22.

EMU Individual Results

19. Fink, Willy 30:38

28. Raymond, Nick 30:46

30. Andresson, Hlynur 30:50

43. Witchell, Warren 31:11

44. Bouchikhi, Lahsene 31:13

46. Knox, John 31:14

134. Lenneman, Mitch 32:43