Men's Cross Country Ties for Second at MACs
Oct. 30, 2010
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Placing a pair of runners in the top six, the Miami University men's cross country team finished in a tie for second Saturday morning at the 2010 Mid-American Conference Championship held at blustery Pine View Golf Club . Redshirt sophomore David Eichenberger and senior Michael Perry both garnered First-Team All-MAC honors by placing in the top seven.
The RedHawks split runner-up honors with Kent State as both squads totaled 94 points. Eastern Michigan won the league title for the 15th time with just 66 points. The Eagles' Terefe Ejigu won the individual title in 24:08.3 while runner-up Ridge Robinson of Ohio was 25 seconds behind. KSU's Scott Hilditch was third.
"Going in we knew we were one of the three teams that had a chance (to win) and it kind of worked out that way," Miami head coach Warren Mandrell said.
Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.) led Miami with a career-best time of 24:50.5 to claim fourth overall while Perry (Cincinnati, Ohio), a Second-Team All-MAC recipient a year ago, was two places behind in a season-best time of 24:54.8. Sophomore Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) was the third RedHawks to cross, finishing 21st in 25:23.6.
Redshirt junior Chris Dennison (Aurora, Ohio) scored in a league meet for the first time in his career as the fourth Miami finisher in 31st in 25:38.7 while redshirt freshman Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) rounded out the scoring five two ticks later in 32nd.
Akron took fourth with 103 points while Ohio was fifth with 107. Buffalo, Toledo, Central Michigan and Bowling Green rounded out the final standings, respectively, at the nine-team meet.
Senior Robbie Fisher (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) was Miami's sixth finisher taking 34th in 25:41.3 after falling back late, while freshman Dave Wing (Naperville, Ill.) placed 39th in just his first conference meet.
"Nothing ever works out for anybody the way you expect it to. Kent's coach was standing there and he was mad at some of his guys and Akron was fourth and their coach was mad at some of his guys," Mandrell said. "For us, Robbie Fisher had a tough race."
The RedHawks next run at the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 13 in Rochester, Mich. where they will try to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship.