WMU - Hanne Christensen Finishes First Overall at the Pre-Nationals as the Broncos take 10th Overall

WMU - Hanne Christensen Finishes First Overall at the Pre-Nationals as the Broncos take 10th Overall

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Aimee Luurtsema, Graduate Assistant for Marketing, Communications & Engagement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In its biggest race of the season so far, the Western Michigan cross country team earned a 10th place finish in the 6K Black Race of the Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Louisville at the "Tom" Sawyer Park. Hanne Christensen led the Broncos on Saturday afternoon finishing first overall in a field of 261 runners with a time of 20:48.5.


"We performed well as a team today and I am very happy with the outcome," commented WMU head coach Kelly Lycan. "We are getting better and better each week and today is certainly a good momentum builder for the MAC Championships coming up in a couple weeks. Whenever you can get an individual winner in a meet of this caliber, it is a feather in a coaches cap."

Nevada took the crown in the Black Race with a team score of 62 while the Broncos finished with a team score of 307, good for a 10th place finish. Other teams that cracked the top-10 include BYU (96), Michigan (170), Arkansas (173), Ohio (219), Quinnipiac (267), Indiana State (296), Texas Tech (300) and Clemson (300).

With her first place overall finish today, it is the third consecutive race Christensen led the Broncos when competing this season. The overall finish is also her second this year with the other win coming at the George Dales Invite. Senior Claire Gilbert (21:40.3/26th) just missed finishing in the top-25 by one second behind Arkansas' Alex Ritchey. Junior Sarah Anderson finished third for the Broncos with a 6K time of 21:59.6 and an overall 44th place finish while Juliane Sormain (22:48.6/118th) and sophomore Brittney Hall (23:27.3/170th) rounded out the Bronco top-5 finishers.

Other finishers for WMU were freshmen Rebecca McNamee (24:28.1/231st) and Emily Fonzi (24:53.7/239th).

Prior to the Mid-American Championships, the Broncos return to the course at the EMU Fall Classic on Friday, Oct. 20, in Ypsilanti, Mich.