WMU - Cross Country Finishes Eighth at MAC Championships
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KENT, Ohio – The Western Michigan cross country team finished eighth at the 2016 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships at the Kent State University Golf Course Saturday morning. Last season, the Broncos finished in fourth place, its highest finish at the race since 2004, but this year WMU was without their top-two runners this season in Maria McDaniel and Claire Gilbert.
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No. 14 Eastern Michigan won the race for the second consecutive season with a team score of 27. Junior Jordann McDermitt was the individual winner with a time of 20:34.1. Northern Illinois (78), Bowling Green (116), Central Michigan (126) and Toledo rounded out the top-five teams.
Much like it has been all season, junior Hanne Christensen led the team while sophomore Sarah Anderson finished in second on the Broncos. Christensen placed 16th with a time of 21:51.8 while Anderson was right behind in 19th place with a time of 21:58.4. Senior Daya Wagh (38th), freshman Holly Blowers (71st) and senior Amy Littlefield (72nd) rounded out WMU's top-five runners. Freshmen Kirstin McGahan (88th), Haley Ritsema (96th) and Sydney Del Valle (102nd) all finished the race as well. Blowers also set a PR time of 23:22.8.
Hanne and Sarah really went out there and got after it, they came up just short of All-MAC but really had incredible efforts," associate head coach Taryn Sheehan said. "Daya really ran like a confident veteran and I'm really proud of her race. Amy and Holly went out the best they have all year and ran with a new confidence that I think we can build upon the last two weeks of the season. Everybody experienced significant improvements from last year, and we are really looking forward to continuing that momentum in the months ahead."
The Broncos will take next weekend off and will head to Madison, Wis., on Friday, Nov. 11 to run in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships.