WMU - Freshman Holly Blowers Leads Cross Country Team at Michigan Intercollegiates
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Sean Daniels, Graduate Assistant for Marketing, Communications & Engagement
HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Western Michigan cross country team finished in fourth place at the Michigan Intercollegiates as WMU marched out 10 total competitors, nine of which were freshmen.
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WMU finished first among division one teams, as six total teams were in attendance at Hayden Park in Hillsdale, Mich.
"Today was a great opportunity for the runners who are not racing next week to compete," associate head coach Taryn Sheehan said. "The course was challenging, but the ladies did a great job of competing and continuing to progress forward. Freshmen Holly Blowers paced the way for the team and did a great job of sticking her nose in the front of the race after not racing last week due to a sprained ankle. This was a very young squad and we are really excited for the future."
As Sheehan stated, Blowers led the way for the Broncos with an eighth place finish and a time of 19:48.8. Four other freshmen finished out WMU's top-five in Brittney Hall (19th), Abigail Shaver (23th), Katie Menke (27th) and Sydney Del Valle (29th). Other finishers for the Brown & Gold were freshman Mattie Goodwin (34th), freshman Autumn Lewis (35th), sophomore Emily Davis (37th) and freshman Yadira Rodriguez (41st).
Next weekend, WMU will compete in one of the largest races of the season in the Pre-National Invitational down in Terre Haute, Ind., the same course that the NCAA Championships are held.