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2013 Season Recap

won with 32 points, followed by Big Ten member Michigan State with 75 points to their effort. Knox set the pace for the 8,000-meter run, clocking in at 25:50.54. Hancke, Trinh, Lane, and Raymond followed in at fifth, seventh, ninth, and 10th, respectively. Their performances, along with that of sophomore William Trice, earned them spots on the All-Michigan team. Continuing on with its third race in as many weeks, EMU traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Pre-National Invitational, Oct. 19. The seeded Men’s Blue Race contained nine top-30 teams, including three in the top-five. The Green andWhite placed ahead of MAC opponents Miami University, the University of Akron, and Central Michigan University with its 40th-place finish. Redshirt junior Warren Witchell was the sole Eagle to land in the top-100, as his time of 24:29.99 was good for 85th in the competitive field. Later in the afternoon, Raymond was the sixth finisher in the Men’s Open Race and the only Eagle in the top-10 of the 100+ athlete race. Regarding Witchell, Coach Goodridge has high expectations for his athlete during his final season next year. “It’s been fun watching Warren develop. He was a soccer player in high school so this is really only his third year of cross country. He was fairly sick the week of the MAC Championship and hadn’t really recovered until the day of regionals. I am confident that we will see continuing development in him.” In the week leading up to the MAC Championship, the Eagles hosted one final meet on Oct. 25, as they came out dominant in the annual EMU Classic. Though the event was not scored, the Eagles were the clear leaders as Kalinowski, Dixon, sophomore Willy Fink, and Witchell grabbed a 1-2-3-4 finish. The meet, according to Goodridge, was “used as a controlled training effort for most of our MAC squad to finish off a good week of training.” Kalinowski’s time of 15:13.8 additionally earned him the distinction of being named MAC Runner of the Week for the period ending Oct. 29. The pinnacle of the 2013 season was surely the 2013 MAC Championship on Nov. 2 as the team returned to a familiar course at BGSU. The pack of EMU runners was neck-and-neck with Akron’s athletes throughout the majority of the 8,000-meter race, but the Eagles managed to get their scoring runners across the finish line ahead of the Zips, taking a fourth-consecutive MAC Championship title with 42 points. Kalinowski and Dixon placed third and fifth, which would earn them All-MAC First Team honors, while Witchell and Fink were named to the second team after finishing eighth and 11th. All five of the scoring runners finished in the top-20, as senior Daryl Smith sprinted in for a 15th-place turnout in the event. With the victory, Goodridge tied legendary EMU Head Coach Bob Parks for most MAC titles with nine championship teams. Additionally, Goodridge, who was coincidentally celebrating his birthday, was awarded the 2013 MAC Coach of the Year award. “Every championship is certainly rewarding and special, but to win one on your birthday and to have your team surprise you in song to celebrate is very special,” said Coach Goodridge. “To add another title to the great EMU tradition is and always will be very rewarding. A championship experience is a lot of fun and seeing the pride on the guys’ faces is very satisfying.” Competition concluded on Nov. 15, when the harriers traveled to Madison,Wisc. for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet. The Eagles went up against regional competition that included No. 11-ranked Indiana University and host school the University of Wisconsin, which had won the previous 11 regional titles. The team finished with a 10th-place showing, led by Witchell’s 29th-place time of 31:18 in the 10,000-meter race. Smith, Dixon, Kalinowski, Fink, Knox, and Raymond also participated in the season-capping meet. Though the regional meet meant the end of the season, Coach Goodridge was overall pleased with the effort of his team, commenting, “We haven’t really been at full strength for the past few weeks as every one of our top seven has been bothered by either lingering illness or slight annoying aches, all of which have effected their training and racing. We are actually quite fortunate to have been able to win the conference and run solidly at the regional.”

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