TOLEDO, Ohio – Central Michigan's women’s cross country team finished eighth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet Saturday afternoon for the second consecutive year.
Senior Raeanne Lohner led the Chippewas in her final career race with a 32nd place finish in a season-best 21:25.8 on the 6K course at the Ottawa Park Golf Course.
The Chippewas earned a score of 226 points based on the sum of the finishing positions of the top-five runners. CMU finished second among MAC teams, behind third-place Toledo, which earned MAC Championship honors two weeks ago.
The Maroon and Gold finished nearly 150 points ahead of the nearest MAC team in pursuit, 11th place Miami.
True freshman Breanne Lesnar finished just seven seconds behind Lohner, coming in at 38th with a career-best time of 21:32.
Senior Holly Anderson, also running her final collegiate cross country race, finished 44th in a time of 21:39.7.
"The men and women's teams ran great races today," said CMU director of track and field/cross country Willie Randolph. "Our region is one of the best in the country, and to pull off two top 10 performances was a great accomplishment for both programs. We are grateful for the efforts of our seniors, Raenne Lohner and Holly Anderson, for their contributions to our program."
Michigan claimed Regional Championship honors with a score of 44, while Big Ten Champion Michigan State scored 77 and secured an automatic National Championship Meet berth with a second place finish.
Danielle Tauro of Michigan won the race with a time of 20:27.9.