The Cleveland State University cross country team has come out strong to start their season after a tough 10th place finish in the Horizon League Championship back in March. Freshman Madelynn Madison paved the way at the Wooster Invitational back on Sept. 1, finishing in 5th place with a 4K time of 15:44.
Following Madison’s impressive performance were three more top ten finishes coming from junior Hannah Korte, sophomore Kiannah Sarver, and junior Emily Nemeth. According to a quote from head coach Jason Hudson, there had only been a 27-second difference between Madison and the number one runner, a great sign for the future of the team.
Using the momentum from the Wooster Invitational, Sarver gave the Vikings another top-15 finish in the Tommy Titan invitational. She finished with a 5K time of 19:59 and led the way for the team to finish in 2nd place at the meet. They edged out Detroit Mercy behind a top-20 performance from Korte and a run of three straight Vikings finishing top-30 in Nemeth, freshman Ariana Coats, and Madison.
The Vikings will round out the month of September with the All-Ohio Championships taking place Friday, September 17th in Cedarville, Ohio. It is going to be the first 6K of the season for the team and they will compete against 35 other teams from all different NCAA teams around Ohio. The race will be good preparation for the Horizon League Championship and NCAA Regionals course as the length is the same.
After the All-Ohio Championship, the Vikings will only have two more regular-season meets to end their Fall campaign before going on to the Horizon League Championship in October followed by the NCAA Regionals in November.