Furman's Templeton Takes Fourth, Carnahan Seventh At Pre-NCAA Invitational
MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Aaron Templeton turned in a time of 23:50.99 to capture fourth place and pace the Furman men's cross country team, while junior Savannah Carnahan placed seventh with a time of 20:14.1 to lead the 12th-ranked Furman women Saturday at the Pre-NCAA Invitational on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wis.
The Paladin women took seventh place with 220 points in the White Division on the 6K course, which is the site of this year's NCAA Championships. Third-ranked New Mexico won the meet with 67 points, followed by tenth-ranked Michigan in second with 120 points, and No. 5 Stanford in third at 129.
Junior Gabbi Jennings finished 28th with a time of 20:53.6, while junior Emma Grace Hurley posted a time of 21:00.6 for 36th place. Sophomore Emma Kuntz placed 68th at 21:28.7, and sophomore Reilly Caldwell completed the Paladin slate of scorers in 81st place with a time of 21:37.4. Sophomore Emily Lane was 93rd at 21:44.2, and sophomore Krissy Gear placed 116th with a time of 21:58.3
On the men's side, Furman placed eighth with a score of 231 points in the Cardinal 8K event. Top-ranked Northern Arizona claimed the title with 41 points, followed by fifth-ranked Stanford in second with 84 points. No. 9 Colorado placed third with 110 points.
Senior Ryan Adams recorded a time of 24:31.02 for 34th place, and sophomore Daniel Bernal placed 56th at 24:39.46. Junior Jake Ogden scored a 70th place finish at 24:48.84, followed by junior Mason Coppi in 71st with a time of 24:48.93, completing the five Furman scorers. Freshman Cameron Ponder posted a time of 25:16.22 for 122nd place, and sophomore Trenton Mandato was 150th at 25:34.31. Read more.
Women First, Men Second at Berry Invitational
ROME, Ga. - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Emily Poole led the Mocs to a first place finish on a bright and crisp fall Saturday morning at the Berry College Invitational on the Vikings' campus.
Poole trailed the lead runner throughout the race and was passed by a runner from Berry with about two-kilometers to go in the 6K race. After letting a sizable gap form, the Mocs' all-conference runner closed in and kicked past her to finish second with a time of 22:24.92.
Kennedy Thomson was the second UTC runner across the finish line sixth overall with a time of 23:01.76. Hannah Caldwell placed ninth overall with a time of 23:10.34 with Brianna Nelson 12th at 23:15.14. Nicole Buehrle was the fifth UTC scoring runner to finish with a time of 23:28.74 followed immediately by Sophia Neglia (23:29.97) and Julia Henderson who ran a personal record 23:30.42.
The Mocs finished with 39 points followed by Georgia with 65 points. Host Berry was third with 92 points and Kennesaw State placed fourth with 98 points. KSU's Brenda Ayuk led the entire race and finished with a time of 22:07.36.
Poole has been the Mocs' top finisher in all three races this season, but the second finisher has been up for grabs as three different runners have taken that spot. Caldwell was second for UTC at the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic and newcomer Mackenzie Jones was the second Mocs' finisher at the Greater Louisville Classic.
The men's race finished in exciting fashion for the Mocs. Nathan Watson hung out in the Top 10 the majority of the race with teammate Mark Britt not far behind. Britt worked his way up toward Watson as they neared the end of the 8K.
However, that plan changed as he was in danger of being taken over by two others. He kicked it in and just before heading into the chute, he kept the two foes at bay and overtook Watson at the same time to finish seventh overall with a PR time of 25:57.83.
Watson was ninth with a time of 26:00.28. Ryan Gebelein was the third Chattanooga runner across the finish line with a time of 26:09.21 and 13th overall.
Freshman Jonathan Boyd was 31st overall with a time of 26:48.25. Micah Sneller was the fifth scoring runner for the Mocs with a time of 28:23.81. He was followed immediately by Ryan Phillips (28:24.58) and Josh Topham (29:17.59) rounded out the lineup.
Berea College was the men's overall winner with 52 points. Chattanooga was second with 114 points followed by Kennesaw State, Emory and Olgethorpe.
The Mocs will take the next two weeks to prepare for the Southern Conference Championships to be held Saturday, October 27 hosted by Western Carolina in Cullowhee. Read more.