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Saturday's cross country roundup
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Release: 09/30/2018
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Wofford Cross Country Competes In Two Meets

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College men's and women's cross country teams competed on Saturday in a pair of meets. At the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park, Hannah Steelman was second overall to lead the Terriers. The team also ran at the Upstate Invitational.

In Louisville, the meet began with the men's 8K race. Jack Zemp was the top finisher for the Terriers with a time of 26:23.9 Also competing were Cisco Ferre, Ford McCoy, Jack Moody, Josh Hendry and Ben Boatwright. The women's 5K race followed and Hannah Steelman set a new school record in the event at 16:38.5 to finish second overall. Her previous school record was 16:59.40 set last season. Jamie Barnett, Sommer McKenzie, Mary Stewart Wilson, Rebeka Fadgyas and Anna Lyles also ran for the Terriers.

At the Upstate Invitational held at Milliken Park in Spartanburg, the women's 5K started the morning and Madison Paraskeva was the first Terrier to cross the finish line. Also competing were Whitley Elsass, Mia Girardi, Anastasia Burroughs and Ashley McCreary. The men's 8K competition was next and freshman Beck Classey led the team with a time of 28:18.5. Nick Butler, Dane Szalwinski, Joe Harbacevich and Walker Gibbs also competed for Wofford in the event. Read more. 

Varghese Bests 250 Runners, Paces Fifth-Place Bucs With Third-Place Finish

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a loaded field at the 17th Annual Louisville XC Classic, sophomore Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) streaked to the front of the pack and never looked back, finishing third amongst the 252 athletes representing 29 teams in the men’s gold race at Tom Sawyer Park.

Varghese averaged a 4:47 mile in the 8K race Saturday morning, finishing in a time of 23:48.4 behind only individual winner Emmanuel Cheboson of Louisville and Brennan Fields of Kentucky. The third-place finish is Varghese’ third consecutive top-three result to open the 2018 season.

As a team, ETSU finished fifth on the men’s side, also placing Matthew Scarr (Wambersal, Australia) and Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.) in the top-30. North Central took the team title, with Kentucky claiming runner-up, Belmont finishing third, host Louisville fourth with the Bucs rounding out the top five. The fifth-place result marks ETSU’s 11th regular season event in the last 12 in which they have finished top five as a team, Saturday outrunning nationally-ranked Eastern Kentucky amongst other top teams.

Resting a number of athletes in order to have them 100 percent for the regular season’s final event, the ETSU women finished 25th. Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) logged another good run, finishing tops amongst six Bucs that took to the course with a 17:42.7, good for 31st of 226 that set out to navigate the 5K event.

ETSU returns to action Oct. 12 at the HPU VertCross XC Invitational, the season’s final tune up before the Southern Conference Championship meet Oct. 27. Read more. 

Freshmen Shine for Mercer in Pair of Races

MACON, Ga. – A group of freshmen took the spotlight as Mercer's men's and women's cross country teams competed in a pair of races on Saturday morning.

Mercer's women placed fifth out of 22 teams at the Upstate Invitational 5K race, held at the Roger Milliken Center in Spartanburg, S.C. Mercer's men placed 10th out of 45 teams in the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic 8K "Blue" race at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville.

All seven Mercer women who competed in Spartanburg tallied season-best times, including a duo of freshmen, Hannah Corson (18:53.6) and Ashley McMahon (19:08.6), who finished inside the top 25 individually. Corson's sub-19-minute time earned her 16th place, which was best among the Bears.

The men finished with a total time of 2:10:55.10 and an average of 26:11.02 for the six runners who competed in Louisville. Freshmen Scotty McKenzie and Vladi Zander-Velloso were the men's top finishers, both finishing with sub-26-minute times in the 8K race for the first time this season. Read more. 

Mocs Runners Improve Times at Greater Louisville Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's and women's cross country teams saw improvement in individual times across the board Saturday morning in the premier race at the Greater Louisville Classic at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

Ryan Gebelein recorded a PR time of 25:37.8, besting his previous top time by nearly eight seconds. He placed 106th overall out of 252 runners in the race and led the Mocs to 24th. Nathan Watson moved up in the group and was UTC's second finisher with at time of 25:41.8, three seconds off his PR and nearly three minutes faster than his finish in Nashville on a hot, muggy day earlier this month.

Mark Britt also hit a PR in the meet, finishing third for UTC and 122nd overall with a time of 25:43.6. Gavin Hasty covered the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25:46.1. Both were nearly a minute and a half improvement over week one.

Jonathan Boyd (26:10.7) and Ryan Phillips (27:40.0) each posted season-high times for the Mocs and transfer Micah Sneller made his debut for Chattanooga with a time of 27:25.1.

The men finished 24th in the Gold Division race ahead of Middle Tennessee and Wofford. UNCG edged the Mocs for 23rd.

The Mocs finished 18th overall, ahead of Wofford (22), UNCG (23) and East Tennessee State (25). Michigan took first in the women's 5-kilometer race with 46 points and placing all five scoring runners in the Top 16. Eastern Kentucky was second with 120 points and SMU third with 160 points.

Emily Poole led the women in a time of 17:52.5, more than one minute faster than her time at Vanderbilt two weeks ago. Newcomer Makenzie Jones was the second UTC runner to finish with a time of 18:30.3.

Sophomore Sophia Neglia set a new personal record with a finish time of 18:54.3, more than 25 seconds better than her previous best time while improving her time from the Mocs' season opener in Nashville. Also posting a PR was Rebekah Wich with a time of 19:10.6 and Abby Bateman at 20:18.8.

Hannah Caldwell, the Mocs number two finisher at Vanderbilt was third this week with a time of 18:48.3, 34 seconds better than her mark two weeks ago. Read more. 

Cross Country Runs at the Louisville Sports Commission XC Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UNCG cross country resumed its season at the Louisville Sports Commission XC Classic at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Saturday morning.

Luke Sumerford led the Spartans in the 8K course with a time of 25:15.8, and Juan Rodriguez recorded the next top finish at 25:37.6. The freshman duo Brandon Hernandez (25:39.7) and Thomas Knepshield (25:50.8) and Trelek Jones (26:22.4) rounded out the top-five for UNCG.

Taylor Delaney paced the Blue and Gold on the women’s side in a 5K. Delaney finished with a time of 18:11.5.

Kaitlyn Stone followed Delaney at 18:27.4. Kathryn Anderson (19:26.7) and Malea Smith (19:27.2) finished back-to-back. India Godlock (19:35.2) wrapped up the top-five.

UNCG will be off next week and return to action Friday, Oct. 12 at the High Point VertCross Invitational. Read more

Cross Country Teams Compete at George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. – Getting back into competition after three weeks of practice, the VMI cross country teams performed well at the George Mason Invitational Saturday morning in Fairfax, Virginia.

The men raced to a second-place finish with 62 points while the VMI women tied for third in their 6k race with 81 points. Men’s runner Davone Hernandez placed first in the men’s 8k race in 25:48 for his first collegiate individual win.

Armfield finished the 6k race in 23:54 ahead of Logan Luckett’s 16th place finish of 24:37. Sara Belamarich came in third for the Keydets in 19th place (24:58) and was trailed by teammates Emily Hattman (23rd, 25:51) and Savanna Shupe (32nd, 26:32).

Behind Hernandez in the men’s race, Gavin Jenkins placed 13th overall in 27:28 and was trailed by Justin Adams’ 16th place mark of 27:41. Carlos Fernandes (19th, 28:00) and Andre Jordan (21st, 28:05) also scored on the men’s team. Read more. 

Cross Country Finishes Competition in Upstate Invitational

CHARLESTON, S.C.  – The Citadel men's cross country team placed seventh out of 17 in the Upstate Invitational while the women finished 13th out of 22.

The Citadel took seventh place overall in a field of 17 teams by a score of 168 with Bulldogs scoring in 10-30-36-44-46.

Graduate transfer Colin Martin was the top finisher for the Bulldogs, placing 10th overall with a final time of 26:27.6. Martin comes off of a first place finish at the Buccaneer Open.

The Citadel took thirteenth place overall in a field of 17 teams by a score of 345 with Bulldogs scoring in 22-54-80-91-98..

Sophomore Amber Opp was the top finisher for the Bulldogs, placing 24th overall with a final time of 19:10.50, one minute shy of the field leader Phylissa Greeley of Appalachian State. Read more. 

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