Cleveland, Ohio -- For the first time since 1993, the Central Michigan University Chippewas are hosting the Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships this Saturday, Oct. 27. Riverwood Resort in Mount Pleasant is the site of the women’s 5K and the men’s 8K. Action begins with the women’s race at 11 a.m., while the men begin at noon.
The top men's and women's teams are crowned league champion while the top 14 individuals in each race are named all-conference. The first seven finishers shall be named to the first team, with the next seven honorees being named second team.
The Eastern Michigan men’s squad will seek their third consecutive MAC Championship title and 13th in school history. The Eagles won the 2005 Championship with 34 points, beating out second place Miami by 34 points. The 2006 squad set a record for the least amount of points scored by a team (23 points) in a nine-team field and out-scored runner-up Central Michigan University by 41 points. The Eagles will be led by Josh Karanja and 2006 MAC runner-up Josh Perrin.
The Ohio women's cross country team hopes to repeat their performance of last year and defend their title. Senior Carime Reinhart will return this season after winning the individual title by 35 seconds (20:02.90) and her teammates finished third, sixth, 12th and 15th last year for a total team score of 37, an all-time MAC record for a 12-team field. The Bobcat women have won a total of nine team titles, more than any other MAC school.
For more information on the 2007 MAC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships you can visit the Championship Central page by clicking here.