KSU cross country competes in MAC Championships

Richie Mulhall

KSU cross country competes in MAC Championships

Women’s Results

Men’s Results

Saturday afternoon was cold and rainy, but inclement weather did not stop the Kent State cross country team from competing in the 2014 Mid-American Conference Championships hosted by Central Michigan University at Riverwood Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

The women’s team placed eighth out of 12 teams while the men team took sixth place out of nine teams.

The women finished with a total of 202 points and posted time of 1:50:46. Senior Kelsey McAlpine led the Flashes with a 17th place finish out of the 104 runners with a time of 21:23.

Toledo won the women’s title with 48 points and a time of 1:44:58. Eastern Michigan’s Victoria Voronko took home the individual crown with a time of 20:21.

McAlpine’s partner in crime, junior Rachel Slingluff, finished right behind her teammate in 23rd place with a time of 21:32. Scoring points for the women behind McAlpine and Slingluff were redshirt freshman Lauren Burnett, 47th (22:24); freshman Madison Spreitzer, 61st (22:42); redshirt sophomore Lindsey Myers, 64th (22:45); redshirt sophomore Brigid Callaghan, 83rd (23:17); and Kristen Bergmeyer in 87th (23:22). Also representing the Flashes in Saturday’s race were freshman Morgan Bing, who came in 90th place (23:28) and redshirt sophomore Taylor Wickey, who took 96th at 23:43.

On the men’s side, Kent State finished in sixth with a time of 2:07:44 and a total of 166 points. Fifth-year senior Matt Kahl led the Flashes with a 14th place finish out of 80 runners. Kahl crossed the finish line in a time of 24:54.

The Eastern Michigan men took home the team title with a time of 2:02:02 with 23 points. To add to the Eagles’ award list sweep, Willy Fink won the individual title with a time of 24:15.

Scoring for Kent State besides Kahl were redshirt sophomore Mitchell Grose, 32nd (25:29); sophomore Jared Fleming, 33rd (25:31); senior Joey Kinkelaar, 47th (25:54); redshirt sophomore Samuel Allen, 48th (25:56); redshirt sophomore Joe Wisniewski, 53rd (26:01); and redshirt sophomore Grant Onken in 59th (26:13). Redshirt sophomore Matt Waaland and freshman Nick Schank joined their teammates on the course with 68th and 70th place finishes, respectively. Waaland came across in 26:43, and Schank posted a time of 27:00 flat.

Next up for the Flashes, the cross country team returns to the course Friday, November 14, when it competes in the Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wisconsin. The race time is set to start at 1 p.m.

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