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Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

Broncos Take Second at Michigan Intercollegiates

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 10/05/2012
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Members of the Western Michigan cross country team turned in 14 personal-best times as the Broncos took second place at the Michigan Intercollegiates hosted by Calvin College on Friday afternoon.

Junior Aisha Hodge, as she has done every race this season, was the top finisher for the Broncos and finished third overall with a personal-best 5k time of 18:05.6 on the day.

"Nearly breaking 18 minutes, that is a big step for her," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She did a good job with Jeriesha running with her for the first three kilometers before separating herself."

Jeriesha Tucker kept up with Hodge but ended up battling senior co-captain Rachel Whitley for WMU's second finisher. Whitley won out and edged Tucker by just over four seconds for a time of 18:30.4 and an eighth place finish. Tucker finished with a personal-best time of 18:34.6 to take ninth overall. Fellow senior co-captain Cara Cremeans took 11th with a time of 18:37.5, while Teresa Marin took 13th with a time of 18:45.9.

The Broncos managed to keep their top five finishers within 40 seconds of each other, something that had come difficult in previous meets this season.

"The group looked a lot more like I envisioned it at the beginning of the year," added lycan. "If that pack of 4-5 runners are up there where they need to be we can be a good team. The first month of the season can sometimes be a little rough but it's October and November when you want to be running your best and we definitely looked better today."

Becca Peacock and freshman Tiffany Rauch rounded out WMU's top five, while Lauren McUmber finished just behind them with a big personal best time of 18:58.

Western Michigan heads to Bradley next Friday before a week off and then the MAC Championship.