Cross Country Season Ends at Great Lakes Regional Championship
The Broncos finished 18th overall with a score of 530 points. The University of Michigan won the region with a score of 45.
"In a meet like this it is hard not having a front-runner like we did last year," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I thought our top three runners ran very well for us today and overall I think we actually ran a pretty good race, running up to our capabilities."
The Bronco top three consisted of Rachel Whitley, Amber Brunmeier and Jeriesha Tucker. Whitley finished with a 6k time of 22:05.1, taking 67th overall. Brunmeier and Tucker finished right behind one-another, both with the time of 22:09.1.
"I think this was Jeriesha's best race of her career," added Lycan. "She did a great job of helping out her teammate when she was side-by-side with Amber. They did a good job of not letting anybody pass them in the final 2k or so."
Whitley, Brunmeier and Tucker ran as a pack for most of the race until Whitley used her speed to break away. The three handled what coach Lycan described as a "very difficult course with lots of turns and hills."
Sophomore Aisha Hodge was WMU's fourth finisher with a time of 23:22.6, while Teresa Marin made her first appearance in the Bronco top five this season with a time of 23:44.1.
"We made progress last year," concluded Lycan. "I felt that collectively this group was better than the last year and that was without a strong front runner like Samantha Tomerlin. I felt they made great strides throughout the season and I hope we can take some of this momentum and push it into the indoor track season."