EMU Women's Cross Country Edges WMU in George Dales Invite

EMU Women's Cross Country Edges WMU in George Dales Invite

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THREE RIVERS, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University women's cross country team beat out Western Michigan at the George Dales Invite, Friday, Sept. 8, to continue their winning streak in the annual event. The Green and White combined for a total mark of 1:48.29, averaging a 21.66 finishing time.

"Overall, I thought that it was a solid team effort," said Head Coach Sue Parks. "I didnt feel that we looked particularly sharp today but I know that will come in time. The goal is to stay healthy and continue to get better each week from here on."

EMU finished seven harriers within the top-10, including three within the top-five. Senior Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich. - Davison) paced the Eagles with a time of 21.21, which earned her second place in the event. Redshirt seniors Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia - Lyceum #83) and Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind. - Fremont) placed third and fifth, respectively.

Redshirt junior Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich. - Chippewa Valley) also put together a good race, finishing just behind Aldrich at sixth in 22.04. Freshmen Ashleigh Simonis (Cape Town, South Africa - Milnerton) and Tarynn Cullings (Medina, Ohio - Medina) rounded out EMU's harriers within the top-10, placing eighth and 10th, respectively.

In total, 16 Eagles saw action, including eight harriers who competed for their first time this season.

The Green and White will return to action Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. as they travel to Nashville, Tenn. for the Commodore Classic. This will be the squads first competition outside the state of Michigan this season.

Team Results

1. Eastern Michigan 24 pts

2. Western Michigan 35 pts

EMU Individual Results

2. Jordann McDermitt 21.21

3. Alsu Bogdanova 21.31

5. Anna Aldrich 21.59

6. Natalie Cizmas 22.04

8. Ashleigh Simonis 22.14

9. Allie Knoll 22.19

10. Tarynn Cullings 22.32

11. Danielle Bentzley 22.38

12. Jenna Wyns 22.50

13. Lauren Pottschmidt 22.56

14. Madison Distelrath 23.05

15. Claire Mesa 23.46

16. Kathryn Chevoor 23.50

20. Rachel Brougher 24.14

22. Mikaylie Park 24.27

24. Kaitlyn Culler 24.39