EMU - Eagle Women Secure Third-Place Finish at Tough Notre Dame Invite

EMU - Eagle Women Secure Third-Place Finish at Tough Notre Dame Invite

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's cross country team followed up a great meet two weeks ago with an even better one today, Sept. 30, bringing home a third-place team finish at the Notre Dame Invitational after totaling 159 points.

The Eagles bested a number of ranked teams in the talented field, including defending NCAA Champions No. 2 New Mexico, who placed fourth with 166 points. The Green and White were also able to take down No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 24 Vanderbilt, who EMU beat in their previous meet. Finally, Eastern also upset No. 28 Utah, who took sixth.

"This was a really strong performance for us," exclaimed Head Coach Sue Parks. "We got out decent through the first mile, and we continued to move up throughout the race. The girls finished very strong the last 1000 meters. It was exciting to be in the mix with some ranked teams, and this is a really big step forward for us as we head into even bigger meets in October."

At the first split, junior Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich. - Davison) paced the squad in 13th, as a pair of New Mexico harriers held two spots within the top-three. Redshirt sophomore Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich. - Chippewa Valley) was the next closest Eagle, as she sat in 31st. No. 1 Providence led in the team scoring through the early goings, while Eastern held onto eighth with 239 points.

The second split saw both McDermitt and Cizmas move up in the standings, as McDermitt jumped to 10th, while Cizmas made a huge leap to 14th. Two other Eagles also held onto top-50 spots, with senior Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia - Lyceum #83) sitting in 48th and sophomore Sydney Meyers (Zionsville, Ind. - Zionsville Community) holding 49th. EMU also made a jump in the team standings, moving up to sixth with 181 points, which was just 16 points out of third.

The final split continued the trend, as McDermitt crossed the finish line in seventh after clocking in with a huge personal-best time of 16:33.1, besting her previous career-record by nearly 24 seconds. Cizmas also ran tough at the end to secure a 12th-place finish with a time of 16:41.0, which was a personal-best by 36 seconds. Tallying a 41st-place finish was Bogdanova, who crossed the finish line in 17:01.4, which was also a career-best by 35 seconds.

The trend continued with Meyers, as she brought home a 45th-place finish in 17:05.7, which bested her previous personal-best by approximately 37 seconds. Senior Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium - University of Leuven), in just her second race of the season, improved upon her time from last week by 37 seconds, crossing the finish line in 17:13.2 to take 54th.

Junior Jenna Wyns (Londerzeel, Belgium - Sportschol KA2) also had a great race, posting a personal-best time of 17:16.3 to finish in 58th. Behind Wyns, redshirt junior Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind. - Fremont) crossed the finish line in 17:56.7, which was also a career-best. Rounding out the Green and White was redshirt sophomore Rebekah Branham (Circleville, Ohio - Circleville) and junior Danielle Bentzley (Birmingham, Mich. - Seaholm) with times of 18:33.4 and 18:38.3, respectively.

Eastern will have a well-deserved break next weekend following two fantastic meets in-a-row. Next up, the Eagles will travel back to Indiana to preview the NCAA Championship course at the Pre-National Invitational, Oct. 15, in Terre Haute, Ind.

Team Results

3. Eastern Michigan 159

EMU Individual Results

7. Jordann McDermitt 16:33.1

12. Natalie Cizmas 16:41.0

41. Alsu Bogdanova 17:01.4

45. Sydney Meyers 17:05.7

54. Sofie Gallein 17:13.2

58. Jenna Wyns 17:16.3

121. Anna Aldrich 17:56.7

169. Rebekah Branham 18:33.4

174. Danielle Bentzley 18:38.3