AMHERST, N.Y. - Sophomores Kyle Stacks and Ethan Lievense and senior Jason Drudge all earned All-Mid-American Conference honors as the men’s cross country team finished runner-up at the MAC Championships Saturday, edging third-place Miami (OH) and Akron by just one point.
Stacks finished fifth with first-team honors in the men’s 8k race in 24:57.7, just 13 seconds behind overall champion Terefe Ejigu of Eastern Michigan, to lead the Chippewas to a runner-up finish with 72 team points. Every position counted as both Miami and Akron tied for third with 73 points.
“We’re very proud of the team’s performance today,” director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. “Of course you always want to win, but we ran very well today and still have regionals, so we’ll hopefully have some very good things come out of that meet as well.”
Eastern Michigan took the team title with 59 points.
Lievense earned the first All-MAC cross country award of his career with a 12th-place finish in 29:19.9 for second team honors, beating 13th-place teammate Drudge by just one-tenth of a second. Drudge earned All-MAC honors for the third consecutive year, following up on first-team finishes in 2010 and 2011.
Redshirt freshman Nate Ghena finished 20th overall in 25:29.1 and senior Matt Lutzke finished 22nd to round out the scoring line-up for CMU. Ghena edged Eastern Michigan’s Willy Fink by just half a second and Lutzke crossed the line just nine-tenths of a second before Toledo’s Elliot Livensparger to preserve the Chippewas’ one point advantage.
The Chippewas continue their season with the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Madison, Wisc. The team will try to qualify for the NCAA Championships at this meet.