EMU - Eagles Defeat Five Ranked Teams in Wisconsin
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MADISON, Wis. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's cross country team wrapped up a tough race today, Oct. 14, taking part in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The Eagles, who took part in both the championship race and the open race, defeated a number of tough teams in the process.
"I am very proud of the guys," remarked Head Coach John Goodridge. "They were disappointed with our result at Notre Dame, and came back today and beat four of the teams we lost to. The guys raced very hard in this very strong field, which only lacked just a couple of nationally ranked teams. We still believe that this is not our best, so we will get back to work and further prepare for the upcoming championship races."
The championship race saw the Green and White bring home 17th place with a total of 421 points. Like their previous meet, Eastern was able to defeat a number of ranked teams, including No. 15 Eastern Kentucky, No. 22 Michigan State, No. 24 Providence, No. 25 Penn, and No. 29 Illinois.
Through the opening 2,000-meters, senior Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich. – Mason) paced the squad, sitting in 29th through the early goings. Two more Eagles sat in the top-50, with junior Lahsene Bouchikhi (Antwerp, Belgium - Stedelijk Lyceum Paardenmarkt Luchthaven) and redshirt junior Hlynur Andresson (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland - Mountain Ridge) holding 49th and 50th, respectively.
Bouchikhi held strong through 4,000-meters, dropping just one spot to 50th. Raymond, however, fell back in the field to 55th, while Andresson also fell slightly to 59th. Redshirt junior Mitch Lenneman (River Falls, Wis. – River Falls) made a big move, jumping roughly 40 spots to 123rd.
The trend continued at the 6,000-meter mark, as Bouchikhi continued to lead the Eagles in 60th. Raymond and Andresson were neck and neck, as the duo sat in 76th and 77th, respectively. Junior Csaba Matko (Racalmas, Hungary - Szechenyi Istvan Gimnazium) made a move up the standings, jumping to 110th with 2,000-meters to go.
The conclusion of the race saw Raymond make his move, as he crossed the finish line in 24:38.3 to take 54th. Shortly behind him, Bouchikhi clocked in at 24:46.3 to nab 64th. Andresson rounded out the top-three EMU harriers, as the Iceland native took 75th after posting a time of 24:51.4. Matko continued his ascent up the leaderboards, ultimately finishing the race in 89th after crossing the finish line in 24:55.2.
Redshirt junior Abel Flores (Defiance, Ohio – Defiance) hung tough throughout the entire race, clocking in at 25:21.9 to take home 139th. Behind him, Lenneman crossed the finish line in 155th after posting a time of 25:32.9. Finally, senior John Knox (Gloversville, N.Y. – Gloversville) finished in 179th after crossing the finish line in 26:21.5.
The open race saw freshman Austin Wicker (Pinckney, Mich. – Pinckney) take 46th, and in the process, post a career-best 8,000-meter time, as the Pinckney, Mich. Native clocked in at 26:15.8 to best his previous personal-best by 25 seconds. Redshirt freshman Austin Sargent (Cedar Spring, Mich. – Cedar Spring) had a solid race as well, nabbing 66th with a time of 26:48.0.
Sophomore David Saporito (Warren, Mich. – Warren Mott) also managed to run a career-best 8,000-meter time, as he crossed the finish line in 28:04.2, which was 12 seconds quicker than his previous best. Ultimately, the team brought home eighth in the open race with 195 points.
The Green and White will conclude their regular season with the annual EMU Fall Classic, Friday, Oct. 21. The women will kick off the event at 4:30 p.m., with the men racing directly afterwards at 5 p.m.
Men's Championship Team Results
17. Eastern Michigan 421
Men's Championship Individual Race Results (8K)
54. Nick Raymond 24:38.3
64. Lahsene Bouchikhi 24:46.3
75. Hlynur Andresson 24:51.4
89. Csaba Matko 24:55.2
139. Abel Flores 25:21.9
155. Mitch Lenneman 25:32.9
179. John Knox 26:21.5
Men's Open Race Team Results
8. Eastern Michigan 195
Men's Open Individual Race Results (8K)
46. Austin Wicker 26:15.8
66. Austin Sargent 26:48.0
70. Colin Burdette 26:51.9
73. Morgan O'Flahrity 27:04.4
86. David Saporito 28:04.2
88. Nick McFarland 28:14.5