CMU - Men Place Fourth at MAC Championships
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Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
CANTON, Ohio – The Central Michigan women placed third and the men were fourth Saturday at the Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships at GlenOak Community Park.
“We definitely stepped up today,” CMU coach Matt Kaczor said. “On the men’s side we were (ranked) sixth coming in and on the women’s side we were anywhere from fifth to seventh. We really stepped up today.”
Four Chippewas earned individual all-conference honors. CMU’s Nate Ghena placed fifth in the men’s race, an 8K, in 24 minutes, 33.4 seconds, marking the third consecutive year that the senior has earned First Team All-MAC honors.
“Look at what he’s done,” Kaczor said. “What can you say? That takes work and he’s just been a leader for him. I expect him to have a great race for us at regionals.”
CMU sophomore Kirsten Olling placed seventh and earned first team all-conference honors in the women’s race, a 5K. She finished 21:10.8.
Two other Chippewas, Silas Dekalita and Kelly Schubert, earned second-team all-league honors. DeKalita, a senior, was 14th in the men’s race in 25:09.5; Schubert, a junior, was 11th in the women’s race in 21.34.4.
Central Michigan freshman Megan O’Neil finished one spot out of all-league honors as she finished 15th in the women’s race in 21:47.0.
Eastern Michigan swept the team titles. The Eagle women finished with 55 points, followed by Bowling Green (72) and the Chippewas (73). Western Michigan (118) was fourth.
The EMU men took the top two spots and placed five runners in the top nine in cruising to the victory with 26 points.
Akron was second with 70, followed by Miami (Ohio) (88) and CMU (100). Ohio (128) was fifth.
Twelve teams comprised the women’s race, nine teams comprised the men’s.
Also for the CMU women, Alyssa Dyer placed 18th in 21:52.5 and Samantha Allmacher was 22nd in 22:02.4. Behind Ghena and DeKalita in the men’s race for CMU, Luke Anderson placed 23rd (25:33.7), Joseph Emmanuel was 27th (25.42.9) and Mark Beckmann was 34th (25:54.7)
“Dyer was the difference-maker for us,” Kaczor said. “She was our fourth runner. That was a huge moment for a senior. To have all five of them step up like that was huge for us.
“We have four of those returning. It makes you feel good with where you’re at.”