Men’s Cross Country Saturday Finale
Central Michigan places Third at Mel Brodt Invite
Freshman Jacob Korir had an impressive debut for the Central Michigan University men’s cross country team at Saturday’s Mel Brodt Invitational hosted by Bowling Green.
The Kenyan placed second overall in the 8K race with a time of 25:05, trailing only fellow Kenyan Eddie Kipchoge from Bowling Green who won the meet with a time of 24:42.
The Chippewas placed third of the six Division I teams in the meet with 72 points. Eastern Michigan won the event with 32 points and Cincinnati was second with 71. Ohio was fourth (97), Bowling Green fifth (109) and Youngstown State sixth (156). The meet was held at Forrest Creason Golf Course, the site of this year's NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships.
“We’ve got some work to do if we are going to catch Eastern Michigan by the MAC Championships,” coach Craig Fuller said. “I’m disappointed. We just weren’t ready to race. Jacob ran well and he is very talented with a bright future.
“If we work on improving each week, we have a shot at EMU but it is going to take some work.”
Donnie Richmond placed 15th with a time of 26:08 for CMU’s second-best finish.
Rounding out the scoring were Adam Koepfer in 17th (19th overall) with a time of 26:16, Dan Cramer in 18th (20th overall) with a time of 26:20 and Jay Puffpaff in 20th (22nd overall) with a time of 26:35.
CMU did not run two of its top runners, Matt Loiselle and Jeff Powers.
Next up for the Chippewas is the Great American Cross Country Festival in Hoover, Ala. on Saturday, Sept. 23
Bowling Green takes fifth place at Mel Brodt Invite
The Bowling Green Falcons came away with two individual victories at the 20th Annual Mel Brodt Cross Country Invitational. The women's team missed first place by only three points. The Ohio Bobcats came away with the three-point edge over the Falcons (36-39). On the men's side, the Falcons finished fifth. Eastern Michigan won the Division I race for the men. At the Division II/NAIA level, Wayne State University won for the men and Malone college for the women. Jamie Roflowwon the woman's race in a time of 17:53 for the 5,000-meters, winning her second consecutive Mel-Brodt title. On the men's side it was once again Eddie Kipchoge who led the men and won the race. He won in a collegiate best time of 24:42 for the 8,000-meters.
"We knew Ohio would be tough because they were preseason second," said head coach Cami Wells. "They have a lot of depth and a young team so we didn't know what to expect. We look forward to race against them at All-Ohio."
Wells was very pleased with her top runners.
"They both ran great races. Jamie had someone with her the entire time; a very tough runner from Ohio and it is someone that she has battled with many times," said Wells. "It was a well-fought race and it was nice to see her out on top. Eddie ran a very smart race and stayed in control the first part and then built on his lead the last mile and a half and stayed unchallenged."
On the women's side, senior Kim Settle ran one of the best races of her collegiate career, setting a new personal best of 18:24. She finished third in the Division I race behind Ohio's Carime Reinhart.
"Kim has continued to bring her times down and has done a great job for us," said Wells. "She has continually improved over the last four years and it's nice to see it pay off for her senior year."
The next Falcon across the finish line for the women was freshman Carly Bates who ran a very impressive race. She finished the race in a collegiate personal-best time of 19:06, besting her previous time by more than 15 seconds.
"Carly has worked very hard during practice and the race and she was working on closing the gaps between the second and third runner," said Wells. "She has the mentality to push herself as far as she can and she is really helping us out so far."
Stephanie Hillman was the fourth Falcon to cross the finish line in a time of 19:11. Behind Hillman was Kara Butler, finishing 14th in a time of 19:36. Andrea Pereira de Almeida finished 18th with a time of 19:51.76. Bridget Dalic topped off the top-seven Falcons and finished 19th in a time of 19:53.
Kylie Korsnack finished behind Dalic in 20th place with at time of 19:53, a new personal-best for the sophomore and Bowling Green native.
Andrea Pollack was the next across the line in 22nd place with a time of 19:56. Paige Lane was next in 28th place wth a time of 20:31, along with Emily Gallagher (29th, 20:41), Lindsay Conway (30th, 20:48), Angela Raizis (31st, 20:59--tying her PR), Katy Senn (38, 21:38) and Lauren Zielke (39th, 21:41).
On the men's side Kipchoge may have led the team but there were six other Falcons on the course. Brad Wells finished in 12th place with a time of 26:02.
Behind Brad Wells was the third runner for the Falcons, Rogers Kipchumba, who finished 26th. After Kipchumba it was Kevin Kaighin who stepped in as the number four runner with a time of 27:47. Curtis Farnsel followed in 51st place with a time of 28:34. The final Falcon to cross the line was Kyle Kilbane in a time of 30:31.
The Falcons will compete at the Roy Griak Invitational next weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Eastern Michigan takes first place at Mel Brodt Invite
The Eastern Michigan University men’s cross country team showed why it is ranked in the top 25, as the Eagles stormed past the competition to claim first place Saturday, here at the Mel Brodt CC Invitational. The Eagles posted only 32 points during the meet, 39 points less than the second place finisher (University of Cincinnati, 71 points).
Eastern’s top individual finisher was sophomore Curtis Vollmar (Grand Blanc, Mich.-Grand Blanc) who placed fourth overall with a time of 25:22.14 in the 8k. Other top ten finishers from the eagles were sophomore Neal Naughton (Walled Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Western) (fifth place, 25:33.03), senior Kevin Naughton (Walled Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Western) (sixth place, 25:33.04), sophomore Kyle Mena (Portage, Mich.-Portage Northern) (eighth, 25:43.56), sophomore R.P. White (Hillsdale, Mich.-Hillsdale) (ninth, 25:46.35) and junior Chris Baldwin (Highland Park, Mich.-Highland Park) (10th, 25:53.92).
Bowling Green’s Eddie Kipchoge was the individual winner of the event, turning in a time of 24:42.89.
The eagles will be in action again on Saturday, September 29 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. That meet will begin at 4 p.m.
Ohio places fourth at Mel Brodt Invite
For the second consecutive time this season, the Ohio women's cross country team took first place. Junior Carime Reinhart (Bascom, Ohio) led the Bobcats to the team victory with a time of 17:56.87 in the 5K race. The women's team won first place over the host, Bowling Green State, by three points. On the men's side, the Bobcats finished fourth.
Reinhart's time of 17:56.87 earned her a second place finish in the women's field, while Jamie Roflow from Bowling Green State placed first with a time of 17:53.05.
The Bobcats had four runners finish in the top-10, with Reinhart finishing second, Anne Beecham (Granville, Ohio) finishing fifth, Kari Summers (Troy, Ohio) finishing seventh and Rachel Beakas (Waterville, Ohio) finishing ninth.
On the men's side, the Bobcats had one runner finish in the top-10. Junior Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) finished seventh with a time of 25:37.57 in the 8K race. Shamus Eaton (Uniontown, Ohio) was the Bobcats second best runner, finishing the race in 26:12.74, which earned him 18th place.
Eastern Michigan won the men's race followed by Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Ohio. Bowling Green and Youngstown also participated in the event.
Next on the slate for the Bobcats is their last home meet of the season, where the men's and women's teams will compete in the Ohio Invitational on Sept 23.
Courtsey of MAC Sports Information