EMU - Voronko and Gallein Close Out Cross Country Campaign on National Stage

EMU - Voronko and Gallein Close Out Cross Country Campaign on National Stage

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's women's cross country team saw its season come to a close with two athletes on the national stage, a first in program history since the 1996 team received a bid to the NCAA Championship. The international pair of Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) and Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium-University of Leuven) both competed in the 2014 NCAA Championship, Nov. 22, with both finishing in the upper half of the nation's best harriers.

Voronko paced the two in 20:52.9, not far off her mark from a season ago, in which she notched a time of 20:49.7 on the 6,000-meter course, or her time from the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational, Oct. 18, when she crossed the line in 20:52.3. The Russian native finished in 50th, capping off one of the most illustrious cross country careers to ever go down in EMU laurels.

Gallein finished just over 20 seconds behind Voronko in 21:14.2, crossing the line amidst a huge rush of athletes. Gallein managed to shave 37 seconds off her time from the Pre-Nationals Invitational, but was unable to keep up with Voronko as she did at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional to secure her position at the national championship.

The individual title went to Kate Avery of Iona, who cruised to a comfortable victory in 19:31.6 with an eight-second edge over Wisconsin's Sarah Disanza. Michigan State dominated on the team side, winning with 85 points over Iowa State's 147-point effort.

Within the Mid-American Conference, Voronko was the top finisher from the conference while Western Michigan's Maria McDaniel finished 54th just three seconds behind the EMU senior. Gallein boasted the fifth-best time from the MAC, preceded by Central Michigan's Abbey Kelto and Toledo's Mackenzie Chojnacky.

Though the cross country season has ended for Voronko and Gallein, the pair will undoubtedly shine in the 2014-15 women's track and field season as well. The Green and White will kick off the season Friday, December 5, when it hosts the EMU Holiday Meet inside Bowen Field House.

EMU Individual Results

50. Voronko, Victoria 20:52.9

105. Gallein, Sofie 21:14.2