Cross Country Weekend Recap

Updated 9/30/2013

Saturday, September 28

Roy Griak Invitational   Women's Final Results   Men's Final Results
Central Michigan (M/W)
Northern Illinois (W)


Central Michigan

Falcon Heights, Minn. – The Central Michigan Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed at the 28th Annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The Chippewas took 15th overall (450 points) in the 6k women’s race while the men’s squad finished 19th (535 points) in the 8k race.  It was the first team scored meet of the year for both squads.
Senior Krista Parks was the top female finisher for CMU, taking 47th with a time of 22:03 while Nate Ghena led the men, taking 80th with a time of 25:38.
“I thought both our squads were pretty solid today,” said associate head coach Matt Kaczor.  “This is a very competitive meet, so I was hoping that both teams would rise to the level of the competition a little more.  This is the point in the season when things really begin to ramp up and both our squads need to respond.”
“I was impressed with some of the teams the women beat and, again, we got great leadership from Krista Parks. For the men, we definitely need to tighten up our packs as our second group fell behind too far early in the race.”
Sophomore Kelly Schubert was CMU’s second female finisher, placing 68th with a time of 22:21.  Fellow sophomore Alyssa Dyer also earned a top-100 finish, as her time of 22:38 earned her a finish of 96th.
Junior Ethan Lievense finished right behind Ghena in 89th place with a time of 25:43. Freshman Spencer Nousain was CMU’s other top-100 finisher, taking 93rd with a 25:46.
Tylor Thatcher of BYU won the men’s race in 24:26, helping the Cougars claim the men’s team title with a score of 62.
Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State claimed the women’s race in 20:36, and Arizona won the women’s title with 48 points.
The Chippewas will next compete at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Oct. 4.


Northern Illinois

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The Northern Illinois cross country team closed out the first month of their season Saturday afternoon, as they ran at the Roy Griak Invitational.
As a team, the Huskies placed 27th in the field, beating out Creighton in the final standings.
"Frustrating results for us today," said NIU Head Coach Greg Hipp. "We're doing a lot of things right during the week and to run this way on the weekend is disappointing. We have to learn how to compete while in challenging races."
For the second consecutive meet, sophomore Ali Olson led the Huskies, clocking in at 23:04.00 on the 6K course to place 151st. Behind her was Meghan Heuer in 218th place with a time of 23:47.35, while Jamie Burr crossed the finish line at 23:53.50 to place 226th.
Rounding out NIU's scorers were Leah Raffety and Claire Mcauley. Raffety took a 227th place finish at 23:54.05 and McAuley finished 244th with a time of 24:09.30.
Carly Pederson took 263rd place, timing in at 24:41.95, and Hannah Savage was right behind her with a 24:42.25 clip to claim 264th.
Rachel Smoemaker ran 25:16.30 for a 279th place finish and Alexis Capps finished 280th at 25:20.15.
The Huskies cap off their regular season in three weeks on Oct. 18 when they trek to Peoria, Ill., for the Bradley Classic.