MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan women’s and men’s cross country teams will compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet in Madison, Wis., Friday for the opportunity to compete at the NCAA National Championship.
The men’s 10-kilometer race is set to begin at 1 p.m. EST, followed by the women’s six-kilometer race at 2:15 p.m. EST at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
“On both sides we are looking for top-ten finishes, but to get there we know the game plan is for the top three men and women to be working towards the top 45,” associate head coach, Matt Kaczor said. “If we can get that low point total in the front end of our groups it bodes well for us.”
The men’s and women’s squads most recently finished third at the Mid-American Conference Championships two weekends ago, and are 11th and 10th respectively in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region rankings.
The men’s team finished 12th at the 2012 Great Lakes Regional, but are looking to solidify a top-ten finish led by sophomore Nate Ghena and junior Ethan Lievense. The duo has finished one-two in each of their races since the Spartan Invitational, the second race of the season.
On the women’s side, senior Krista Parks has led the way for the Chippewas all season, most recently finishing seventh at the MAC Championships, receiving All-MAC honors for the fourth-consecutive season. She finished 66th at the 2012 Great Lakes Regional.
The Chippewas need to finish in the top two in the region to secure a team berth, though 13 teams across the nine regions will receive an at-large bid. Individual runners can qualify by finishing among the top seven runners who are not members of a qualifying team.