McDaniel Makes History as WMU Takes 15th at Great Lakes Regional

McDaniel Makes History as WMU Takes 15th at Great Lakes Regional

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Western Michigan cross country season came to an end on Friday afternoon after the Broncos finished 15th overall, their highest finish since 2010 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship at the University of Wisconsin.

“This is a huge step forward for our program accomplishing our goal of getting top 15 in the nation’s toughest region, “said head coach Kelly Lycan.

On a brisk Friday afternoon with temperatures reaching down into the low 20s, the Broncos were able to finish 15th out of 30 teams at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. It is the highest finish for WMU at the Great Lakes Regional since 2010, when they finished 15th. WMU would finish just slightly behind MAC rivals Central Michigan (14th) and Bowling Green (13th).

Freshman Maria McDaniel led WMU and made some history in the process placing 13th overall out of 219 runners with a time of 20:21. It is the highest finish by a WMU runner in program history at the championships as she earned All-Region honors, becoming just the third Bronco in history to do so.

“She stepped up for us and really set the tone and that is amazing to do under pressure as a freshman,” said Lycan. “She wants to be good and that desire fuels her fire."

Coming in second for the Broncos and 71st overall was senior Ann Marie Arseneau who ran a time of 21:39. It was another outstanding performance for freshman Hanne Christensen who came in third for WMU with a time of 22:16. Rounding out the scoring for WMU was sophomore Daya Wagh and senior Becca Peacock. Wagh finished with a time of 22:35 with Peacock rolling in not soon after at 23:03.

“It was a tough course to run and for all our runners to run that fast was outstanding, “said Lycan. “We took big strides this season and will continue to do so next season.”

Finishing just three seconds apart, sophomore Amy Littlefield and junior Raychel Figurski ended the day for the Broncos. Littlefield came in sixth for WMU with a time of 24:33 and Figurski was right on her heels coming in three seconds later at 24:37.