TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The women's cross country team finished ninth at the NCAA Pre-National meet in Terre Haute Sunday morning, while the men finished 17th.
Facing temperatures in the high 60s and winds up to 25 mph, the CMU women finished in the top quarter of the 37-team 6k race with 329 points, led by senior Raeanne Lohner in 30th place in 21:35. The men finished in the top half of the 35-team 8k race, paced by a 17th place finish by sophomore Tecumseh Adams in 24:33.
"Today our teams ran really well against some of the best teams not only in our region, but also in the nation," said CMU director of track and field/cross country Willie Randolph. "Tecumseh and Raeanne led their teams against multiple All-Americans and conference champions with tenacity and no regrets.
"Although the spread between our runners wasn't exactly what we wanted, it was one of the best group efforts we've had in a long time," he added. "We believe and know they can and will do better. The difference will be 13 days from now at the MAC Championships. The physical part of the training is there, now the mental athlete has to take over."
For the women's team, freshman Breanne Lesnar finished 52nd in 21:59, followed shortly thereafter by senior Holly Anderson in 64th with a time of 22:04. Junior Charnele Lyons crossed the line in 97th (22:31), followed one second later by sophomore Krista Parks in 100th (22:32) to round out the scoring lineup for the Chippewas.
Of the three MAC teams in the race, CMU posted the top finish, besting Ohio in 19th and Toledo in 34th.
The CMU women improved six places from last season's 15th place finish in Terre Haute at Pre-Nationals.
Behind Adams for the men, junior Jason Drudge finished 92nd in 25:39. Junior Matt Lutzke crossed the line in 111th place with a time of 25:48, followed by redshirt freshmen Kyle Stacks and Tanner Pesonen within seconds of one another to complete the scoring lineup for the Maroon and Gold.
Stacks recorded a 131st place finish in 25:59. Pesonen finished 137th in 26:01, besting his previous career record by three seconds.
The men finished first among the three MAC schools at the meet, ahead of Ohio in 26th and Toledo in 27th, and improved 17 places from last year's 34th place performance in Terre Haute.
No. 3 Florida State won the women's race, while eighth-ranked Colorado took first in the men's.
The Chippewas travel back to Indiana for their next meet Saturday, Oct. 29, as both teams compete in the MAC Championships in Muncie, Ind.