Women's cross country takes fourth place in MAC Championships, men finish seventh

Monica Bradburn | File Photo The CMU women's and men's cross country teams placed third and fourth respectively Saturday in Canton, Ohio for the Cross Country Mid-American Conference Championships.

Two Chippewas earned All-Mid-American Conference honors as the Central Michigan women's cross country team finished fourth out of twelve teams at the MAC Championship on Saturday. 

The Chippewas' women's team finished with 126 points, 10 points shy of finishing third. 

Sophomore Megan O’Neil led the women's team with a time of 21:10 to take ninth place. Senior Kelly Schubert finished 10th with a time of 21:24, junior Kirsten Olling took 21st (22:00), senior Hannah Davis placed 35th with a time of 22:26 and senior Jamie Madrigal rounded out the top five for CMU with a time of 23:01.

O'Neil and Schubert were both named to the All-MAC second team for their performances. 

Saturday's placement for the Chippewas women's team was an improvement from their eighth place finish at the Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 15. 

Eastern Michigan took home both the women's and men's titles at the meet. 

CMU's men's team finished seventh with 196 points. It edged Toledo, who also finished with 196, thanks to its sixth runner, freshman Adam Grifka. Grifka finished ahead of the Rockets' sixth runner with a time of 27:25. 

Junior Joseph Emmanuel led the way for the men's team. He took 28th place with a time of 26:18.

Senior Spencer Nousain placed 34th, freshman Bransen Stimpfel took 41st, junior Alec Omell finished 46th, and Casey Voisin rounded out the top five with a 57th place finish with a time of 27:02. 

Both teams will compete at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 11 in Madison, Wisconsin.