Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Chippewas Head to Pre-Nationals

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The men’s and women’s cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Pre-Nationals meet on Saturday morning.

“What we are going to see is some great national and regional-level competition at Pre-Nationals,” associate head coach Matt Kaczor said. “We are going to see if we can put together a good showing against those teams.”

Racing between the blue and white divisions will be 75 men’s teams in addition to 86 teams on the women’s side.

Fellow MAC foes Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Ohio, Miami (OH) and Toledo will be among the competition on Saturday.

The men's squad will look to junior Ethan Lievense to lead the pack after a third place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational.

The Chippewas are ranked 12th in the most recent USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional Poll on both the men’s and women’s side.

Senior Krista Parks is looking to lead the women as a top-finisher for the fifth consecutive race this season.

“The women’s race is looking pretty stacked, it will be exciting to see how the ladies do in a meet like this,” Kaczor said. “You look up and down the list and you are looking at a pretty good field.”

The men’s 8k blue race will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the women’s 6k blue race at 11:40 a.m. at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.