The Eastern Michigan University’s women’s cross-country team took fourth-place, an improvement on its performance over the past few years, in the Mid-American Conference Championship on Nov.2. The Eagles finished with 111 points.
In a field of 102 harriers, Junior Victoria Voronko continued her strong race performance this year with a second place finish. Her time for the 6,000-meter race was 21 minutes 7.79 seconds.
Voronko was also named to the All-MAC first team. Two other Eagles placed in the top-20.
Senior Kayla Pfund had a 15th place finish with a time of 21:51.70 and freshman Anna Aldrich came in 19th at 21:58.81.
“I thought that all of our top five scorers did a great job,” EMU head coach Sue Parks said.
“It was by far, our best team race of the season. We’ve had some ups and downs, but it was very satisfying to finally put it all together at the MAC meet.”
Ohio University senior Juli Accurso, who took the 2012 MAC individual title and had a conference best in 2011, claimed the individual title of 2013 MAC Champion after coming in at 20:37.46.
The overall team title was taken by Miami University who scored a total of 45 points narrowly beat out Toledo, who came in with 48 points.
Parks talked about the race overall.
“The race went well for us,” she said. “We got out well and continued to move up throughout the race. We were hoping to improve on our fifth place finish of last year [despite some graduation losses] and I’m pleased that we were able to achieve that”.
In preparation for the upcoming National Collegiate Athletic Association Lakes Regional Championships, Parks said the squad plans to keep working hard.
She is hopeful that the green and white will have an even better day when they compete in Madison, Wis. on Nov. 15.