CMU - Chippewas 14th, 17th at Minnesota Griak Invite
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Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The Central Michigan women placed 14th and the men were 17th Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by Minnesota at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Sophomore Kirsten Olling led the CMU women, placing 40th in 22 minutes, 37 seconds, while junior Kelly Schubert was 45th in 22:41.
Seniors Nate Ghena and Silas Dekalita led the tightly packed CMU men. Ghena finished 62nd in 26:16, while Dekalita was 83rd in 26:37.
Twenty-three teams comprised the men's race, which was an 8K. There were 26 women's teams in the field, which ran a 6K.
Also for the CMU women, Samantha Allmacher was 81st (23:16), Megan O'Neil was 127th (24:04), and Breanne Lesnar was 142nd (24:29). Allmacher and O'Neil are freshmen, Lesnar is a senior.
“I thought if we had a great grace we’d probably be somewhere between 14th and 17th and if everything was perfect, if everything fell into place for us, maybe 11th to 13th,” CMU coach Matt Kaczor said. “We’re a pretty deep team on the women’s side. Having that 1-2 punch with Schubert and Olling, it really helped solidify some things for us. I felt pretty good about their race knowing where we can from here.”
Also for the Chippewa men, Spencer Nousain was 106th (27:01), Luke Anderson was 115th (27:11), and Mark Beckman finished 119th (27:15). Anderson and Beckman are freshmen, while Nousain is a junior.
Just 59 seconds separated the top five CMU men.
“The spread was good, can’t complain too much about that,” Kaczor said. “Now we’ve just got to try and move it up a little bit.”
Boise State won the women's race with 37 points, followed by Michigan State (116) and the host Golden Gophers (141). CMU finished with 435. Boise State is ranked 20th, MSU is sixth, and Minnesota is 26th.
Michigan State won the men's event with 74 points, followed by Southern Utah (88) and California (94). CMU finished with 485. MSU is ranked 25th, California is ranked 29th, and Southern Utah is among others receiving votes in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.