CMU Women 26th at Minnesota Griak Invitational

CMU Women 26th at Minnesota Griak Invitational

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Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com



MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Coming in to Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational hosted by Minnesota, the Central Michigan women's cross country team set a goal to finish in the top 20 in a field of powerhouse programs from across the nation.



Unfortunately, they finished six spots short of the mark.



"We didn't have our best race," CMU coach Matt Kaczor said of his team's 26th-place finish. "That said, I think it was still a positive experience for our women, and I think we learned a lot about where we are and we want to be."



Kelly Schubert paced Central Michigan, coming in at 23 minutes, 3 seconds in the 6K event, good for 70th place.



Megan O'Neil was the second Chippewa across the line at 23:16, an 86th place finish.



Kirsten Olling, competing in her first meet of the season, bookended CMU's top three in 119th place with a finish time of 23:34.



"Our spread wasn't quite where I hoped it would be," Kaczor said. "The gap between our No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 (runners) was almost a minute. It would have been nice to keep that closer to 45 seconds, but again we're still early in the year and we'll get better."



Also for CMU, Hannah Davis was 176th in 24:27 and Michaela Bundy was 206th in 25:02.



Portland won the women's race with three runners placing in the top six, all of whom finished in under 22 minutes. Portland finished with 74 points, followed by Michigan State (127) and Penn State (147). The Chippewas finished with 654. Thirty-five teams and 335 runners comprised the women's event.



Boise State sophomore Brenna Peloquin won in impressive fashion with a time of 20:49, more than 11 seconds better than runner-up Erin Finn of Michigan.



The CMU men did not compete in the event. Both Chippewa squads will partake next weekend in the Notre Dame Invitational.

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