Cross-Country Director Willie Randolph says women's team close to reaching team goals
Krista Parks was one of the many Central Michigan women's cross-country runners to record season–best times Saturday at Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky.
The junior finished 11th overall and first for CMU with a season–best 21:40.8.
Randolph said he was more impressed with the women’s team than the men's team this week.
“The women ran really competitive. We're more pleased with their results, and we're much closer to their goals than the men,” Randolph said. "... there are mixed emotions as a coach.”
The women’s team finished sixth in a field of 27 for the 6k black–unseeded race.
Senior Maddie Ribant ran a season–best time of 22:07.1 to finish second for CMU and 38th overall, though she said she still wants to see the team work on their consistency as a group.
“I felt that I focused more on being competitive and was able to push through the pain better than in the past," she said. "We need to work on having that one consistent race as a group. We work great running together as a group in practice; we just need to transfer that over to the race.”
Following Ribant was senior Veronica Garcia, who ran a season–best time of 22:24.8, finishing third for CMU and 57th overall. Redshirt freshman Alyssa Dyer finished in 22:36.4, which was her career best and enough to finish 77th.
Another career–best time was turned in by freshman Kelly Schubert, who finished in 22:47.2 and placed 90th overall. Freshman Bailey Parmelee rounded out the scoring lineup for CMU with an 83rd place finish in 22:41.6.
There are only two weeks until the MAC Championships.
“The mental aspect is all that’s left to improve, and it will be fixed,” Randolph said. “ The competitive aspect for both teams needs to improve so we can keep moving in the right direction. The training aspect will speak for itself, but we need to get the mind to compete and do the things that make the body follow, which will be the main focus over the next two weeks."
Utah Valley placed first among the women’s team with 154 points, while South Carolina freshman Kayla Lampe won the women’s unseeded 6k black race with a time of 21:03.5.
CMU will have the next week off before heading to Buffalo, N.Y. for the MAC Championships on Oct. 27.