LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Season-bests and career-bests fell across the board as the Central Michigan men’s cross country team finished 29th of 40 seeded teams and the women placed sixth of 27 unseeded teams at the Pre-National Meet at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Saturday morning.
With 698 points between their top five runners, the Chippewa men finished 29th of 40 in the 8k Red seeded race, which featured eight ranked teams. CMU was second among Mid-American Conference teams, behind 10th-place Eastern Michigan (369) and ahead of 32nd-place Miami of Ohio (761).
With 206 points between the top five runners, the Central Michigan women were sixth among 27 teams in the 6k Black unseeded race. The Chippewas were the top MAC team in the race, ahead of a contingent of Toledo runners not in the seeded race in seventh, Akron in ninth and Kent State in 10th.
Junior Nathan Huff ran a 24:55.5, a season-best by over a minute and a career-best by four seconds, to finish third for the Chippewas and 157th overall. Sophomore Ethan Lievense also ran a season-best by over a minute and a career-best by 22 seconds to finish fourth for CMU and 159th overall in 24:57.2.
Sophomore Nate Ghena rounded out the scoring lineup for the Chippewas with a 172nd-place finish in a one-minute career-best of 25:03.
For the women, junior Krista Parks finished 11th overall in a season-best 21:40.8. Senior Maddie Ribant ran a season-best 22:07.1 to finish 38th, followed by fellow senior Veronica Garcia in 57th in 22:24.8, a season-best time for her.
Redshirt freshman Alyssa Dyer ran a career-best 22:36.4 to finish 77th, and freshman Bailey Parmelee rounded out the scoring lineup for CMU with a 83rd place finish in 22:41.6. Freshman Kelly Schubert was close behind in 90th in a career-best 22:47.2.
No. 7 Colorado won the team title in the men’s seeded Red race with 72 points, and UTEP freshman Anthony Rotich won the individual title in 23:01.0. Top Eastern Michigan runner Terefe Ejigu finished fourth overall in 23:15.7.
South Carolina freshman Kayla Lampe won the women’s unseeded Black race, while Utah Valley claimed the team title with a score of 154.
The Chippewas will take a weekend off before heading to Buffalo, N.Y., for the Mid-American Conference Championships on Oct. 27.