CMU - Schubert, Beckmann Lead CMU Runners

CMU - Schubert, Beckmann Lead CMU Runners

Provided by CMU

Andy Sneddon,

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Kelly Schubert finished 21st on Friday to the lead the Central Michigan women at the Spartan Cross Country Invitational at Forest Akers East Golf Course.

Schubert, a junior, finished in 22 minutes, 21 seconds in the women’s race, a 6K. The race comprised 318 runners.

Also for the Chippewa women, Samantha Allmacher placed 40th in 23:12, Jamie Madrigal was 70th in 23:46; Hannah Davis was 72nd in 23:49; Esther Bell placed 95th in 24:21; Katie Weiler was 113th in 24:45; Katie Kasper finished 117th in 24:49; and Brooke Morgan was 135th in 25:09.

Mark Beckmann, one of four freshman who ran for the CMU men on Friday, finished 66th to lead the Chippewa men. The men’s race, which comprised 390 runners, was an 8K. Beckmann finished in 26:40.

Also for the Chippewas, Luke Anderson was 71st in 26:42; Spencer Nousain was 74th in 26:46; Monte Scott placed 178th in 28:07; Casey Voisin finished 181st in 28:13; Ben Yagiela was 197th in 28:25; and Alec Esparza finished 205th in 28:34.

No team scores were kept. Several front-running Chippewa veterans did not run in the event, and instead rested for next week’s Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota.

Friday’s race was the first collegiate event for several of the Chippewa freshmen, including Allmacher.

“Allmacher had a good first 6K,” CMU coach Matt Kaczor said. “You could see the difference between the 5K (high school race) and the 6K.

“Schubert ran fine. She should have been in the top 25, like where she was. The person with the race for us was Jamie Madrigal. Good performance for her. She moved her way up throughout the race. I was very impressed with the way she handled it.”

The event served as a good experience builder for the CMU men, who had four freshmen -- Beckmann, Anderson, Yagiela and Esparza – in the lineup.

“I didn’t want them to have their first shot at the Griak next week,” Kaczor said. “It’s a big difference between the 5K and 8K.

“Those guys, they’re going to be a huge help to us come the end of the season and getting this valuable experience now was huge for them.”

Nousain, a junior, turned in a solid performance, Kaczor said, as he stuck to the game plan.

“Makes me feel good that Spencer’s coming back and looking good,” he said.