Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Central Michigan cross country teams were up to a challenge against some impressive competition at the Greater Louisville Classic as both Chippewa men's and women's teams came away with valuable experience and greater confidence.
Freshman Logan Kleam placed 54th to lead CMU to an 18th-place finish in the 30-team men's field. He finished the 8K race in a personal best 24 minutes, 38.31 seconds.
"Logan brings front player power for us," men's coach Matt Kaczor said. "He's going to be one of those guys who will be fighting for first team all-conference. He's young, so it's exciting to see his growth."
Mark Beckmann (116th), Luke Anderson (119th) and Conor Naughton (124th) rounded out the top four for CMU, finishing within seven seconds of each other.
"You saw a lot of nationally ranked teams in this race and it was a great test for us to see what we need to do," Kaczor said. "They handled it well. They're all coming together and trusting each other."
Megan O'Neil led the Chippewa women, placing 45th in 17:26.43 in the 5K race.
"I think it went well," CMU coach Jenny Swieton said. "The goal here was to get used to running in a competitive meet with a lot of women. I wanted them to get that experience. We were closer together as a pack, which is good. We need to get out faster and had to make up some ground. I'm confident they can do more."
CMU's Taylor Aguillon (18:00.49) and Hannah Davis (18:07.03) finished second and third respectively for CMU. Aguillon finished 103rd, while Davis was 117th.
"We just want to continue to make progress," Swieton said. "We don't really have specific goals, we just want to get better every meet and every practice. Today was a really good experience and we did better as a team."
Central Michigan finished 23rd with 635 points. Boise State took the top spot, totaling 78 points. Thirty-seven teams comprised the women's race.
Northern Arizona won the men's team event.