The Kent State Flashes men’s and women’s cross country teams will kick off their 2015 season in Akron Thursday at the Tommy Evans Invitational, Sept. 10.
Kent State will bring back some key members from last season, including senior Rachel Slingluff, senior Brigid Callaghan, sophomore Madison Spreitzer, sophomore Morgan Bing, redshirt junior Kristen Bergmeyer, redshirt junior Hannah Fleck, redshirt junior Taylor Wickey, redshirt junior Lindsey Myers and redshirt sophomore Lauren Burnett.
Men’s cross country brought back fifth-year senior Samuel Allen, junior Mitchell Grose, sophomore Nick Schank and redshirt senior Grant Onken.
Last season at the Tommy Evans Invitiational, the women’s team finished in second place, with a 3-1 record at the invitational. The team beat Akron, Marshall and Youngstown State and lost to Malone.
Within the top 10 were Slingluff in fourth with a time of 18:51 and Wickey coming in 10th at 19:31.
Kent State men’s cross country team placed fourth at the Tommy Evans Invitational and went 1-3. The team beat Marshall and lost to Akron, Malone and Youngstown State.
In the men’s top 10, senior Matt Kahl finished eighth at 20:39.50.
2015 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Schedule:
Thursday, September 10 | Time: TBA
Tommy Evans Invite — Akron, Ohio
Friday, September 18 | Time: TBA
Virginia Tech Alumni Invite — Blacksburg, Virginia
Friday, October 2 | Time: TBA
All Ohio Championship — Cedarville, Ohio
Saturday, October 17 | Time: TBA
Princeton Invite — Princeton, New Jersey
Saturday, October 24 | Time: TBA
Cedarville Open — Cedarville, Ohio
Saturday, October 31 | Time: TBA
MAC Championships — Akron, Ohio
Friday, November 13 | Time: TBA
Great Lakes Regional — Madison, Wisconsin
Monday, November 23 | Time: TBA
NCAA Championships — Louisville, Kentucky
2015 Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’Poll (First place votes in parentheses)
Eastern Michigan (7)AkronCentral MichiganBuffaloMiamiOhioKent StateToledoBowling Green
2015 Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’Poll (First place votes in parentheses)
Toledo (5)Eastern Michigan (4)MiamiBowling GreenCentral MichiganWestern MichiganNorthern IllinoisBuffaloKent StateOhioAkronBall State
MAC Tournament Champion Votes: Toledo (5), Eastern Michigan (4)
Simon Hannig is a sports beat reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him [email protected]