Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Seniors Veronica Garcia (left) and Jason Drudge will be among the Chippewas making their season debut at the Badger Opener in Madison, Wis., on Friday.
Chippewas Head to Wisconsin for Badger Opener

MOUNT PLEASANT - The men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Madison, Wis., for the Badger Opener Friday, which will serve as the debut for a number of the teams’ top runners.

The Chippewas will compete against two other teams - host Wisconsin and Edgewood College, in addition to unattached runners - at the Zimmer Championship Course, the site of the Great Lakes Regional meet later this season. Though the Badgers likely won't run their top student-athletes, the men's team is the defending national champion in cross country.

The 5k women’s race begins at 6 p.m., and the 8k men’s race starts at 6:30 p.m.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will feature seven runners, 14 in total. Making their season debuts on the women’s side will be two-time All-Mid-American Conference honoree junior Krista Parks and seniors Maddie Ribant and Veronica Garcia.

The men’s race will serve as the season debut for back-to-back first-team All-MAC senior Jason Drudge, sophomore Kyle Stacks and senior Matt Lutzke. Stacks was the top-finishing freshman in the Great Lakes Regional meet in 2011.

A recap and complete results can be found at following the completion of the meet.