Men's Cross Country Friday Finale

Updated 9/1/2006

Men’s Cross Country Friday Finale

 Eastern Michigan takes eighth place in Michigan Opener, Central Michigan takes first place at Jeff Drenth Memorial and Toledo wins Bowling Green Dual




Eastern Michigan Results

The Eastern Michigan University men’s cross country team opened its season today here at the Michigan Open. Curtis Vollmar (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) and Matt Willing (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) took eighth and ninth place with times of 33:12 and 33:17, respectively as they represented the top runners for the Eagles in the meet. Michigan’s Brandon Fellows captured first place overall in the 10k event with a time of 32:14. EMU will be in action again Saturday, September 16th at 10a.m. at the Bowling Green Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Complete Michigan Open Results
1. Brandon Fellows, U-M             32:14
2. Sean McNamara, U-M               32:18
3. Seth Thibodeau, U-M              32:20
4. John Black, unatt. (U-M)         32:20
5. Lex Williams, U-M                32:55
6. James Reichardt, U-M             32:57
7. Ciaran O'Lionaird, unatt. (U-M)  33:03
8. Curtis Vollmar, EMU              33:12
9. Matt Willing, EMU                33:17
10. Charles Balluer, unatt.          33:24
11. Kevin Naughter, EMU              33:26
12. Andrew Bauer, U-M                33:29
13. Tony Nalli, unatt. (U-M)         33:37
14. R.P. White, EMU                  33:40
15. Mark Jones, EMU                  33:43
16. Michael Dobmeier, unatt. (U-M)   34:00
17. Justin Switzer, unatt. (U-M)     34:08
18. Roger Billhardt, U-M             34:10
19. Willy Dague, unatt.              34:14
20. Phil Shaheen, unatt.             34:19
21. Randy Bearden, EMU               34:22
22. Matt Hammersmith, unatt.         34:25
23. Loren Ahonen, unatt.             34:28
24. Chris Baldwin, EMU               34:34
25. Matt Gillespie, unatt.           34:35
26. Mark Pokora, U-M                   NT
27. Peter Christmas, unatt. (U-M)    34:53
28. Ransom Brown, unatt.             35:02
29. Ryan Boluyt, unatt.              35:03
30. Erik Reichenback, EMU            35:06
31. Mitch Zost, EMU                  35:10
32. Joel Kirsch, unatt.              35:14
33. Wade Wines, EMU                  35:24
34. Mark Wehrman, EMU                35:24
35. Steve Gaffigan, unatt.           36:06
36. Kid Boothyand, unatt.            36:22
37. Jacob DuBois, EMU                36:29
38. Kyle Harris, EMU                 36:37
39. Andrew Porinsky, unatt.          37:30
40. Ryan Grau, unatt.                37:39
41. Zach Smith, unatt.               37:49
42. Matt Dunston, unatt.             37:50
43. Andrew Keller, unatt.            46:23
44. Ben Rodriguez, EMU               48:40

Central Michigan Results

Junior Matt Loiselle has been to the NCAA Championships four times in different events but it wasn’t until today that he won a cross country or track race at the collegiate level. Loiselle turned in the top time at the Jeff Drenth Memorial hosted by Central Michigan University on Friday. He completed in the 5K course in 14:34.  “I feel I got the monkey off my back a little,” Loiselle said. “I thought our team looked real good and we’ll only get better as the season goes on. We had some guys who didn’t run today that will really help us and I’m excited for the year. I think we are going to surprise some people.”  Michigan State and Ferris State also ran in the non-scored race that honors former CMU All-American Jeff Drenth who died suddenly while training for the USA Olympic team.  Senior Jeff Powers, last year’s event champion, placed third this season with a time of 14:58. “It was good to see Matt win the race and Powers is going to have a good year as well,” coach Craig Fuller said. “We definitely need to close the gap from top to bottom but we didn’t have several of our guys running. “The most impressive performance may have been Adam Koepfer who came in as our No. 4 guy.” Sophomore Donnie Richmond placed 14th overall with a time of 15:12 and Koepfer was 17th with a mark of 15:14. CMU had four runners in the top 20 while Michigan State had 11.  “MSU is a top 25 team this year and our region is going to be tough,” Fuller said. “It was a good start to our season and we’re looking to have everyone run together for the Great American XC Festival and Pre-NCAA meets.” Dan Cramer rounded out CMU’s competitors with a time of 15:38, good for 21st place. CMU is now off until Sept. 16 and the Mel Brodt Invitational at Bowling Green.


Toledo Results


 Toledo's 25 points earned the Rockets the victory.


Courtesy of MAC Sports Information