Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
MADISON, Wis. -- The Chippewa cross country season came to a close on Friday afternoon at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at the University of Wisconsin.
The CMU women's team finished 14th out of 32 teams with many of the runners posting season- and career-best times.
Kelly Schubert was the first Chippewa to cross the finish line, placing 45th with a time of 21 minutes, 13.3 seconds. That time was good enough for sixth-best in school history.
Sophomore Megan O'Neil was next for CMU, finishing 62nd at 21:28.0.
Hannah Davis, a junior who has come on very strong in the second half of the season, finished directly behind O'Neil in 63rd, and posted a season-best 21:28.2, the 11th-best time in school history.
"I could not have asked for more out of any of my girls," CMU coach Matt Kaczor said. "Most of them had their best times of the season today. Hannah especially; to see how far she's come over the course of this season is pretty amazing and encouraging for next year."
Kirsten Olling finished as the No. 4 for the Chippewa women and also posted a season-best of 21:37.6. That time was good for 68th place.
"If you look at our top four, the spread is only about 25 seconds, which is really good," Kaczor said. "We didn't quite get the finish we were hoping for out of our No. 5 runner, but again, I'm really happy with the way we battled today."
The men's team was fittingly led by its two seniors, Spencer Nousain and Casey Voisin, who led CMU to a 20th place finish in the 30-team field.
Nousain came across in 32:19.9, an 82nd-place finish in the 10K race, while Voisin was 108th at 32:42.7.
For both, it was their last race in a Chippewa uniform.
"Just the legacy those guys left behind as leaders, and how well I know they are going to do in their careers, that's what I'm going to take with me about them," Kaczor said. "It's not easy to lead when the results aren't always there, but they never wavered, and they did a heck of a job leading and teaching the younger guys."
Coming in third for the men's team was Bransen Stimpfel, a freshman from Cass City, who was 10 spots behind Voisin at 118th, posting a time of 32:59.5.
"Bransen has just been `Steady Eddie' all year," Kaczor said. "Some guys fluctuated a little bit during the season, but Bransen has always been pretty much in the middle. You basically know what you're going to get from him as far as consistency."
Wisconsin won the men's race with a remarkable total of just 51 points and featured the top two finishers in Malachy Schrobilgen and Morgan McDonald, who both came across the line at 30:22.2. Wisconsin will move on to the National Championship meet along with the second place team, Michigan State.
Erin Finn won the women's race and helped Michigan to a first place finish with a time of 19:27.8, almost eight full seconds ahead of the second place individual finisher. Notre Dame placed second and will claim the other spot as an automatic qualifier.