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Women Finish Ninth at NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet

MADISON, Wis. - The Central Michigan women’s cross country team battled against the toughest teams in the region to finish ninth at Friday’s 6k NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

The Chippewas ran well as a pack as Sophomore Breanne Lesnar was the top finisher for the women’s squad placing 45th overall in 21:32. Senior Krista Parks and sophomore Kelly Schubert finished 50th (21:36) and 51th (21:37), respectively. Strong finishes from sophomore Alyssa Dyer and junior Abby Kelto rounded out the top 60 as both crossed the finish line in 21:46.

Senior Shelby Thren finished 138th in 23:05, followed by freshman Esther Bell who finished 155th in 23:18.

The women ran to a 263-point showing, finishing ninth, second best among MAC teams behind eighth-place Toledo. Neither the teams’ or individuals’ strong performances were enough to qualify for the NCAA National Championship next weekend.

Juli Accurso of Ohio won the women’s race for the second-straight year in 20:00. Michigan took the team title in back-to-back seasons with a score of 48.

The Chippewas will now turn their attention to the indoor track and field season which kicks off December 6th at the Holiday Classic in Saginaw, Mich.