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This year, luck has worked in favor Central Michigan University’s men’s cross country team. Without graduating any key athletes, the maroon and gold gained an outstanding transfer student, Silas Dekalita, and two highly competitive freshmen, Joseph Emmanuel and Alec Toreki.It has been ten years since the men have won a MAC title, and this is the year they can get it back.
It has been 10 years since Central Michigan University’s men’s cross country team has won a Mid-American Conference Championship.Starting at noon on Nov.
After solid performances Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota, the Central Michigan University cross-country team has set its sights on the Mid-American Conference championship and beyond.The men are seated eighth in the Great Lakes region and sit behind seventh-ranked Eastern Michigan University, the only other ranked MAC team.“If we do better at Notre Dame, this could be the year we finally knock Eastern off,” said head coach Matt KaczorDespite tough heat and high humidity in Falcon Heights, the Chippewas’ top three runners, Nate Ghena, Spencer Nousain and Ethan Lievense, were reintroduced to competition after several weeks of training.Ghena had an outstanding race, placing 37th overall and finishing with a time of 25:43.8.
Mark Guthrie has been named Central Michigan University's director of track and field and cross country.
Guthrie, who signed a contract that pays him $85,000 a year for five years, won 22 NCAA Division III titles at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and was inducted into the U.S.
The 2011 Central Michigan women’s cross-country team made successful strides last year.
Finishing second in the Mid-American Conference championship, the Chippewas only lost to the University of Toledo.
This season, there are 17 runners on the roster, with just four seniors, similar to last year.
Central Michigan junior thrower Alex Rose recently traveled to Cairns, Australia, and represented Samoa in the Oceania Area Championships.
Rose’s father was born and raised in Samoa before moving to the United States when he was 19.
“I learned a lot about the different cultures over there,” Rose said.
Sophomore Tecumseh Adams has been released from the Central Michigan cross-country team due to being academically ineligible following the spring semester.
Adams was CMU’s best runner last year, finishing 69th in the NCAA championships.
Director of cross country Willie Randolph was not available for comment but released a statement through athletic communications.
"Tecumseh Adams was declared academically ineligible following the spring semester, and has subsequently been released from the track and field and cross-country program,” Randolph said in a statement.
Willie Randolph stood on the track beside Matt Kaczor and the two shouted, waved their arms and encouraged runners passing by.
“Get there, get by them,” the director of track and field, Randolph, yelled along with his assistant coach, Kaczor.
That was Friday, when the Central Michigan men’s and women’s track and field teams both finished in first place over Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Macomb Community College and Aquinas College.
Randolph and Kaczor know it’s another season to aim for a Mid-American Conference championship.
Central Michigan will be represented at the NCAA Nationals for the first time since 2005.
Sophomore Tecumseh Adams has an opportunity to finish one of the best seasons by a Chippewa in recent memory Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.
The men’s and women’s cross-country teams travel to Muncie, Ind. Saturday, competing in the Mid-American Conference championships.
The men look to improve on last year’s eighth place finish.
Director of cross-country and track and field Willie Randolph understands what the MAC championships are.
“It means focus and an opportunity to get things done,” he said.
Weather issues didn’t stop three Central Michigan women's cross-country runners from achieving personal best times on Friday.
Junior runner Charnele Lyons shattered her personal best time in the 5k race with a time of 18:07, about 50 seconds faster than her previous best.
The Central Michigan women’s cross country team did something on Saturday it has have never done before, finishing in eighth place at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Rochester.
The CMU men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Rochester to compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday.
It is 7 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2010, in Ubly, Mich. Senior cross country runner Kylee Kubacki and her younger sister are in a 2003 blue Chevy Malibu as they watch their house burn to the ground.
The Central Michigan women’s cross country team had its second best finish in nearly a decade at the Mid-American Conference championships.
This is it — all of the hard work and preparation this season comes down to this weekend.
Gaining national exposure and building confidence for the Mid-American Conference championships were two goals set out this weekend for the women’s cross country team. Mission accomplished.
Some of the best squads in the nation are awaiting the Central Michigan cross country program this weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.
The door is open for two cross country runners to grab a top seven spot after they finished in the top eight at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships on Friday.
The Michigan Intercollegiate Championships host some of the most talented cross country runners from all over the state, giving competitors a chance to push themselves against some stiff competition.