WMU - Christensen Leads Cross Country at Pre-National Invitational

WMU - Christensen Leads Cross Country at Pre-National Invitational

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In its biggest race of the season so far, the Western Michigan cross country team earned a 16th place finish in the 6k White Race of the Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Indiana State at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.


"We had some solid performances despite the fact that as a group our start was not where we wanted to be," associate head coach Taryn Sheehan said. "We are really trying to establish our position from the start of the race. Typically, positions don't drastically change from 2k on so it's critical to put yourself in position from the gun. Christensen did a good job of pacing the group with a PR, followed closely by Anderson. Wagh is improving each week after a slow start. McGahan really made some strides in the right direction this meet and I believe will only continue to improve. We head to Eastern Michigan next week with the majority of the team and we really look forward to putting all the pieces of the puzzle together in the month ahead."

Junior Hanne Christensen led the team with a 25th place finish and a personal record time of 21:48.8, the second consecutive race she led the team when competing. Sophomore Sarah Anderson finished in 40th with a time of 22:13.8, making it the third time this season Christensen/Anderson have finished top-two on the team. Senior Daya Wagh finished third on the team with an 85th place finish and a time of 22:55.0. Freshman Kirstin McGahan came in 102nd overall with a PR time of 23:09.2 while senior Amy Littlefield finished 114th to round out WMU's top-five. Other finishers for the Broncos were freshman Haley Ritsema (153rd) with a PR time of 24:24.6 and sophomore Makenzie Evers (162nd).

WMU will head to the EMU Fall Classic next weekend on Friday, Oct. 21 before competing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Kent State.