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Months of training — dating back in the early summer months — have led to this Friday’s regional, which has the potential to be the last meet of the year for the Central Michigan cross country team.The Chippewas will compete in Madison, Wisconsin in the Great Lakes Regional Meet for a chance to advance as a team or as individuals to the NCAA National Championship Meet on Nov.
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CANTON, Ohio — After achieving top five finishes at the Mid-American Conference Championship meet on Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams now turn their focus toward the Regional Championship.The women, led by sophomore and First Team All-MAC selection Kirsten Olling (21:10, seventh place), finished third overall, just one point behind Bowling Green in the 6K race.
CANTON, Ohio — The Central Michigan cross country team had four All-MAC selections and finished in the top five in both the men’s and women’s races.The women’s team finished in third place with a total of 73 points.
Following a successful regular season, the Central Michigan cross country team is preparing for the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday in Akron, Ohio.The Chippewas are currently ranked third in the MAC on the women’s side and 10th in the Great Lakes Region, while the men are ranked fifth in the MAC and 15th in the region.
Senior Nate Ghena didn’t grow up running cross country. He didn’t even run his first race until his freshman year at Central Michigan.Ghena grew up playing soccer and hoped to find a school that would offer him a college scholarship.
Most people in sixth grade have not started an athletic program at their middle school. Sophomore cross country runner Kirsten Olling is not most people.It all started with a botched back handspring in the fifth grade, which completely fractured the ulna and radius in her forearm.
The Chippewas are peaking at the right time, with five runners posting personal records at Saturday’s Pre-Nationals meet with two weeks until the Mid-American Conference Championship.Senior Nate Ghena (24:11) along with freshmen Luke Anderson (25:28), Mark Beckman (25:38), Samantha Allmacher (21:46), and Megan O’Neill (21:48) all posted their top times of the season enroute to a 13th place finish for the men in the 8K race, and a sixth place finish for the women in the 6K.
As the Central Michigan cross country team prepares for Pre-Nationals on Saturday, Head Coach Matt Kaczor had a message for his team during Wednesday's practice.“I told them to expect more.
With Pre-Nationals looming on Oct. 17, the Central Michigan cross country team held out its top runners at the Oakland Golden Grizzlies Short Course on Friday.Head Coach Matt Kaczor held out seniors Nate Ghena, Silas Dekalita, junior Spencer Nousain and sophomore Joseph Emmanuel on the men’s side, and sophomore Kirsten Olling, seniors Kelly Schubert and Breanne Lesnar for the women.
Growing up in Kalamazoo, you are expected to be a Bronco fan, but that was not the case with one Central Michigan cross country runner.Anderson “CJ” Lee grew up in Bronco territory, but never wanted to be one.
Senior cross country runner Nate Ghena is the Mid-American Conference’s male Runner of the Week for the second time this month.This past weekend, Ghena led the Chippewas to a 17th place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota.
The Chippewas stayed tight as a group during Saturday’s Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota on Saturday to post top 20 team performances for the men’s and women’s teams.The women’s team finished 14th, led by sophomore Kirsten Olling (22:37) and junior Megan Schubert (22:41). Olling and Schubert finished 40th and 45th overall in the women’s 6K race.
After sitting out at the Spartan Invite, CMU’s top runners will compete Saturday at the Roy Griak Invite.The Chippewas will have seniors Nate Ghena, Silas Dekalita and sophomore Emmanuel Joesph returning for the men’s team.
When asked if the team had met his expectations after Friday’s Spartan Invitational, Head Coach Matt Kaczor replied with a sigh. “Oh, how do I put this nicely?”Sloppy race conditions led to below average race times for most runners as the Chippewas struggled with the humidity and were unable to finish at the top.
On Friday, the Chippewas will travel to East Lansing for the 2015 Spartan Invitational. Top runners from both the men’s and women’s teams will not be participating in the race.
Senior runner Nate Ghena was named as one of the Mid-American Conference Male Co-Runners of the Week after a strong start at the first meet of the year for Central Michigan University cross country team.Ghena took first place at the 30th Annual Jeff Drenth Memorial 5K at Pleasant Hills Golf Course.
The Central Michigan University men’s and women’s cross country teams showed their strength at their first meet of the season, the 2015 Jeff Drenth Memorial Run.
Matt Kaczor, the associate head coach of the Central Michigan University cross country teams, does not try to have large rosters on the men’s or women’s side, but he does look to have depth.The 2015 Chippewas have a strong crop of runners returning as both teams try to stand on top of the podium for the first time in over a decade.
This year’s Central Michigan University runners are some of the best in program history, but in a field of tough competition, the Chippewas were unable to win a Mid-American Conference championship.CMU hosted the MAC title meet for the first time since 2007 on Saturday with the men finishing in third place and the women coming in sixth.