CMU 12th, 15th in Cross Country Regional

CMU 12th, 15th in Cross Country Regional

Provided by CMU

Andy Sneddon,

MADISON, Wis. – The Central Michigan women tied for 12th place and the Chippewa men finished 15th Friday in the NCAA Cross Country Regional on the University of Wisconsin Zimmer Championship Course.

The Chippewa women finished with 314 points, tying Butler for 12th. They were six points away from a top-10 finish. Bowling Green was ninth with 306, while Xavier placed 10th with 308.

The CMU men finished with 376 points.

Michigan swept the team titles. The Wolverine men finished with 67, the women with 69.

“I felt like on the women’s side we could have done a little bit more,” CMU coach Matt Kaczor said. “A couple points here and there puts you in the top 10 and I thought we could be there.”

Sophomore Kirsten Olling led the CMU women with a 32nd place finish in 21 minutes, 19.4 seconds.

She was followed by freshman Megan O’Neil, 57th, 21:50.8; junior Kelly Schubert, 59th, 21:53.0; freshman Samantha Allmacher, 77th, 22:09.9; senior Alyssa Dyer, 89th, 22:22.1; sophomore Hannah Davis, 128th, 23:08.9; and junior Esther Bell, 131st, 23:10.7.

Thirty-one teams and 215 runners comprised the women’s race.

“Our typical No. 2 ended up being our No. 3,” Kaczor said. “That hurt us a little bit. Our No. 4 from the last race became our No. 5. When it’s a game of points and when you’re eight points out of ninth place, those little mental errors bite you.

“At the MAC meet we were third by one point. Here today we lose four places by eight points. Really what it’s going to boil down to is (our runners) getting a fire in them and being more competitive. For them to get into that next level they’ve got to be thinking next-level things.”

Seniors Nate Ghena and Silas Dekalita led the CMU men, while freshman Luke Anderson turned in a strong performance and was the Chippewas’ No. 3 runner, Kaczor said.

Ghena finished 26th in 31:25.2, DeKalita was 61st in 32:17.6, and Anderson was 80th in 32:37.2. It was the first time Anderson had run a collegiate 10k.

Ghena’s 26th-place finish left him one spot from earning all-region honors

“You think about all the work he’s put in and how far he’s come from not being a cross country runner in high school,” Kaczor said of Ghena, a three-time All-MAC runner. “It would have been awesome for him to come home with all-regional. That would have been a pretty amazing accomplishment.

“That’s going to be a big kid to miss next year. Hard to replace, and the work ethic. I hope the younger guys have taken a page out of his book to move the program forward in the direction that we want to go.”

The Chippewas ran without their normal No. 3 runner, sophomore Joseph Emmanuel, who was injured. Anderson stepped into the void.

“Luke ran very competitively,” Kaczor said. “You can see it starting to really blossom a little bit. He’s a true freshman. He’s definitely making those next steps. He was 19 spots behind (DeKalita). You can start to see the wheels turning. We just need some other guys to kind of take that lead. As of right now Luke will be our top returner for next year.

“When you’re losing your 1-2 that’s going to be some building pieces that we’ll have to work on over the next year.”

Also for the CMU men, junior Casey Voisin was 94th in 32:50.7, freshman Mark Beckman was 115th in 33:06.0, and junior Spencer Nousain was 127th in 33:20.2.

Molly Seidel of Notre Dame won the women’s race in 20:04.4. Mason Ferlic of Michigan won the men’s race in 30:18.3.