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09.28.09: FIRST WEEK OF REGIONAL POLLS SEES UT VOLS AND LADY VOLS AT #5: It is still too early to be making bold predictions about how hings will play out in Novemeber, but the Week 1 Regional polls from the U.S Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association were released today. On the men's side, 5 Tennessee colleges were ranked in the top 15 in the NCAA South Region (which is composed of the states Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida). Alabama and Florida State were ranked #1 and #2 respectively, with Tennessee ranking #5, MTSU occupying #9, Belmont at #11, ETSU at #13, and UT-Chattanooga at #15. On the women's side, four Tennessee colleges were ranked. Florida State and Florida are ranked #1 and #2 respectively, with Tennessee ranked #5, Vanderbilt at #7, MTSU at #12, and Belmont at #15. [more, ustfccca.org]

09.26.09: KROEGER LEADS CARDINALS AT STANFORD XC INVITATIONAL: Franklin's Kathy Kroeger had a superb collegiate racing debut for Stanford University. Kroeger placed 3rd in the women's race at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto,CA, finishing as Stanford's #1 runner, and clocking 20:35 (5:32/mile pace) over the 6K golf course layout despite temperatures in the high eighties. Kroeger trailed only one collegiate runner, Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific, and led the Cardinals to an easy team win, with 24 points, over Cal. [results | video, runnerspace.com]

09.26.09: SORRELL IMPRESSIVE AT GRIAK XC INVITATIONAL: Memphis' Rob Sorrell had an impressive season opener for Oklahoma University at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis,MN. Sorrell, now a junior, placed 10th overall in the men's gold race, covering 8 hilly and muddy kilometers in 25:08, as Minnesota's Hassan Mead won in commanding fashion, clocking 24:38. Despite Sorrell's fine race as #2 man for OU, Iowa state edged the Sooners for the win by three points, tallying 71. Lipscomb University finished last in the 18-team field. [results]

09.26.09: BOLLSCHWEILER WINS SLOPFEST AT BIG SOUTH FORK: Maryville's Luke Bollschweiler was the first runner to spash their way around the rain-soaked Big South Fork 17.5-mile Trail Run. The 34-year-old clocked 2:04:07 to win by 5 minutes from 40-year-old Jamie Cook of Bryson City,NC. Harrogate's Tracy Brooks was the female overall winner, clocking 2:27:23, winning by six minutes over Nashville's Sara Maltby. Fifty-two year old Sally Brooking of Marietta,GA was the class of the female masters, clocking 2:34:24 to finish 3rd female overall and outpace the next master home by three minutes. [results]

09.26.09: UT HARRIERS NAB WIN AT WILLIAM & MARY: Paced by a 2nd place finish from junior Michael Spooner, the University of Tennessee men's cross country team captured first-place honors at the Colonial Inter-Regional Challenge in Williamsburg,VA. Spooner, a Springfield,VA native who returned to his home state to make his season debut, covered the challenging 8K course in 25:37 seconds to lead the Vols past 15th-ranked William & Mary and six other schools. Tennessee got another top 10 finish from Steve Fassino. The junior from Signal Mountain, had a break-through run as UT's #2 mand, placing 8th overall in 26:07. Knoxville's Chris Kane and David Clabo of Gatlinburg were UT's #6 and #7 runners, clocking 26:34 and 26:50 respectively. "We ran a solid second competition against a very strong William & Mary team on a very tough course," Vols' coach George Watts said. "Although William & Mary held out some of its top guys, it still was nice to get a win against a ranked opponent." The race was won by Norfolk State's Philemon Kimutai in 25:29. [results]

09.26.09: DEMETRA AND RYAN COMFORTABLE VICTORS AT SHELBY BOTTOMS BOOGIE: Chris Demetra and Emily Ryan had little trouble running away with the overall male and female titles at the Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15K in Nashville. Demetra, 29, clocked 51:21 to finish almost a kilometer clear of runner-up, Scott Fanning of Lebanon (54:42). Ryan's run was not quite as dominant, but her 1:03:46 saw her comfortably clear of a great scrap for second and masters' honors, as Brentwood's Sue Anne Guzik (1:04:24) edged Murfreesboro's Theresa Saupé (1:04:34). Antioch's Timothy O'Leary was the best of the male masters, clocking 55:50, good for 3rd overall.

In the accompanying 5K race, Jeff Edmonds ran very impressively to clock 15:49 and prevent a husband-wife sweep by Brentwood's Eric Legros and Maureen Manning. Legros, 40, still coming back after a hamstring injury clocked 17:00 in his first race as a master, while Manning, 41, easily outpaced a very weak women's field, clocking 19:34. [results: 15K | 5K]

09.20.09: FAMIGLIETTI 3RD IN U.S 5K ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS: In what turned out to be a relatively pedestrian affair with no willing leader, Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti, the defending champion, placed 3rd in the prestigious CVS Downtown 5K inProvidence,RI. The race, which also served as the U.S 5K Championships, saw Matt Tegenkamp win in 13:56.1, kicking away from Bolota Asmerom, who was 2nd in 13:57.6, and Fam, who clocked 13:58 (splitting 4:32 and 9:03 along the way) and collected $2000. "Matt's a really smart racer," said Famiglietti in a post-race interview with local newspaper The Providence Journal. "He'll hang in the back and let other people make their moves, and then wait for the last possible second and then make his move when it's too late to cover his move. And that's what happened."

"I'm still happy," Fam said in a post-race interview with Flotrack. "Finishing a second or two behind a guy like [Tegenkamp] on a day like this, doing the training I've been doing, is good. It shows that I still have good speed, and its naturally there. So if I can strain for these longer races, l can have a kick at the end of them." Fam's next race will be the U.S 10 mile championships in Minneapolis,MN on Sunday, October 4th. [results | race video, flotrack.org]

09.19.09: SNELLEN AND BEGIN POCKET EASY $500 AT McLAIN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HALF-MARATHON: Nashville's Ryan Snellen and Melissa Begin each pocketed $500 for their overall male and female wins at the MCA Run, Walk or Roll Half-Marathon in Lebanon, hosted by a very generous (given that there were only 46 runners) McClain Christian Academy. Snellen, a former Belmont University stand-out, won by almost four minutes, clocking 1:11:56, with Chris Herren 2nd in 1:15:32. Begin, 32, clocked 1:22:37 to finish 2:14 clear of Emily Hardin of Huntsville,AL. First masters home were Jeff Brown and Kelly Dykes, both 45, clocking times of 1:38:02 and 1:57:23. [results (pdf)]

09.19.09: RAINEY WINS EXCITING 3-WAY TUSSLE, FEROWICH DOMINATES AT TENNESSEE CLASSIC: In what, for many, was the climax of the 34th annual Tennessee Classic Cross-Country Meet, Rossview High senior Jake Rainey won a great 3-way battle in the boys' Gold varsity race. Rainey, Science Hill's Michael Mansy and Maryville's Clint McKelvey, came through 2 miles stride for stride, but shortly thereafter, Rainey (right) threw in a surge that saw McKelvey fall off, and then another a quarter-mile later on the toughest partJake Rainey of the course, that saw him develop a 30-yard cushion over Mansy. Rainey maintained that gap until the finish, clocking an impressice 15:51, with Mansy coming in at 15:57 and McKelvey clocking 16:15. In the team competition, Kansas City powerhouse Liberty High School, with four in the top 20, dominated, racking up just 75 points. MBA, in second (155 points), provided the best Tennessean showing, with Morristown West (despite not having their #1 runner) placing 4th.

In the girls' Gold Varsity race, Liberty's Megan Yohe cruised to victory in 19:31, but Kentucky's Daviess County edged Liberty by two points (134-136) to win the team competition. Science Hill 9th grader, Molly Foster, was the first Tennessean home, clocking 19:47, six seconds up on Red Bank senior, Claire Turner. Dobyns-Bennett were the first Tennessee team, tallying 160 points, with Cordova 4th and Farragut 6th.

In the boys' Silver varsity race, Knoxville Webb's Lucas Jones won in 17:30, but the team standings saw a Nashville battle between David Lipscomb and Father Ryan, with Lipscomb coming out on top by nine points (130-139). In the girls' Silver varsity race, Knoxville Catholic junior Megan Ferowich cruised to victory, clocking 19:05, fifty-four seconds up on teammate, Joanna Thopson in second. Knoxville Catholic comfortably won the team title with 43 points, with Hume-Fogg second. [results]

09.19.09: ELLINGTON AND HINTON DOMINATE FARRAGUT FALL 5K: Knoxville's Stewart Ellington and Maryville's Alexa Hinton were he overall male and female winners at the Farragut Fall 5K. Ellington, 35, was ably paced by eventual runner-up Andy Baksa though 1.5 miles before Baksa eased off. Ellington, who is training for next month's Chicago Marathon, kept pressing and stopped the clock at 15:22, while Baksa cruised in clocking 16:03. Hinton, 28, had no serious female opposition and her 18:56 winning time was 69 seconds better than the next finisher. First male and female masters home were Brent Bueche, 48, of Maryville and 45-year-old Kathleen Dirosato of Friendsville, clocking 19:44 and 20:48 respectively. [results]

09.19.09: LIPSCOMB MEN, VANDERBILT WOMEN WINNERS AT VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL: Lipscomb University's men picked up the men's team title at a rain-soaked Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville. In a race won in impressive fashion by Jacksonville State's David Nilsson in 25:29, UT-Chattanooga redshirt, Chris Berry (who hails from Murfreesboro) clocked 25:59 to place 2nd, and Lipscomb, led by senior Ryan Chastain's 6th place finish, easily won the team competition with 72 points. Vanderbilt placed 3rd with Rhodes 5th, Tennessee tech 6th, Union 8th, and Austin Peay 9th in the 16-team field. Former Cordova High school stand-out, Justin Cacaro, now a junior at UT-Martin ran impressively to place 5th in 26:48.

In the women's 5K race that followed, Georgia State's Janel Blancett's 18:13 clocking edged Vanderbilt's Kristabel Doebel-Hickok by three seconds for the win, but with five in the top 10, including a 7th place finish by Vandy freshman Allie Scalf (a product of Science Hill HS in Johnson City), Vandy won the team competition, racking up just 34 points, nine points clear of a strong Eastern Kentucky squad. [results]

09.19.09: CARRIGAN AND SAUPÉ WINNERS AT DOUGHBOY 5K: The Doughboy 5K in Murfreesboro saw Nashville's Jacob Carrigan return to his winning ways, edging Dickson's David Hudson by three seconds to win in 17:25, while Murfreesboro's Theresa Saupé, 47, led the women home in 20:13. Leading a weak male master's field home was 50-year-old Bill McLaughlin, who clocked 23:59. [results]

09.18.09: BADDORF, FINLEY DOMINANT AT COOPER YOUNG 4-MILER: Memphis' Bryan Baddorf and Germantown's Maggi Finley were the overall winners at the Cooper Young 4-miler held in midtown Memphis, leading home a field over almost 1200 runners. Baddorf, 26, clocked 21:20 to cruise home 49 seconds clear of older brother, Brett, the race runner-up, while 40-year-old John Williams, visiting from Miami,FL, outclassed the 40+ competition, placing 3rd overall in 22:28. Among the women, 36-year-old Maggi Finley's 24:12 clocking sawe her finish 79 seconds up on runner-up, Lydia Gibson. Germantown's Colleen Shallow headed the female masters, clocking 27:08. [results]

09.18.09: UT HARRIERS IMPRESS AT CRIMSON CLASSIC: The University of Tennessee men's and women's cross-country teams were impressive at the Crimson Classic cross-country meet in Tuscaloosa,AL. In the men's 8K race, Tennessee, led by senior Mike Bodsky (25:35) from Virginia, placed 2nd, tallying 55 points, as hosts Alabama won with a 35-point total. Belmont placed 5th among the 18 teams, with ETSU and UT-Chattanooga placing 7th and 8th respectively. The race was won by Auburn redshirt, Elkanah Kibet (missing from the results), who clocked 24:10. Of particular note was the impressive run by recent Samford grad, Cameron Bean, who hails from Soddy Daisy and prepped at Baylor. In hot and humid conditions, Bean clocked 24:57 on a tough course, and was the only non-Kenyan in the top 10. Two other Tennesseans garnered top 20 finishes - UT's Steve Fassino (a product of Red Bank HS) was 16th in 25:49 and UT-Chattanooga frosh, Kyle McLarty (Collierville), ran very well in his first outing over 8K to clock 25:59 in 20th place.

In the women's 5K race, Alabama won in convincing fashion, tallying just 43 points, helped in no small part by a fine run from junior Haley Moody, who hails from Morristown. The former Morristown West star clocked 17:48 to place 6th, 35 seconds behind surprise winner, MacKenzie Howe of Kennesaw State. Tennessee, led by junior Jackie Areson's 4th place run, were 3rd with 90 points, 13 points behind second-placed Auburn. UT-Chattanooga placed 6th and Belmont were 9th in the 16-team field. [results]

09.13.09: MARYVILLE'S ERICA TEDFORD FIRST FEMALE FINISHER AT ROCHESTER MARATHON: Maryville's Erica Tedford was the first female finisher at the MVP Healthcare Rochester Marathon in Rochester,NY. Tedford, 24, clocked 3:11:16 to win by three minutes. [results]

09.13.09: HORTON BLOWS AWAY FIELD AT WEARS VALLEY 15K: Knoxville's Alan Horton (right) was the class of the field at the Wears Valley 15K held in Townsend. The 29-year-old, who qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials marathon, Alan Hortonclocked 50:00 to finish exactly two minutes up on Runner's Market teammate, Bobby Holcombe.Twenty-two-year old Emily Mack (and her iPod) led the women home, clocking 1:01:51 , with Harrogate's Tracy Brooks next home, in a time of 1:03:32. Knoxville's Keith Gemeinhart and Marsha Morton of LaFollette led the masters home, clocking times of 56:28 and1:05:37 (good for third female overall) respectively. [results]

09.12.09: MANSY AND TURNER LEAD HIGH SCHOOLERS AT POWERADE XC INVITE: Science Hill senior Michael Mansy and Red Bank senior Claire Turner each won their respective high school races in convincing fashion on the second day of the Powerade Invitational in Chattanooga. Mansy clocked 16:19 to win the boys' 5K race, finishing 44 seconds clear of runner-up, Oakland freshman, Brock Baker (17:03). Bearden won the team competition with 62 points, with Oakland getting second. In the girls' race, Turner clocked 20:00, thirteen seconds up on Franklin High freshman, Rachel Wooten. Baylor comfortably won the team competition, tallying just 46 points, with Brentwood Academy earning second. [results]

09.12.09: DEMETRA AND BEGIN DOMINANT AT CHRISTIE COOKIE 5K: Chris Demetra and Melissa Begin were the class of the 483-runner field at the Bob Lunsford Memorial Christie Cookie 5K held in Nashville. Demetra and Begin covered the challenging Green Hills course in 16:35 and 18:27 respectively. Christopher Hale, 42, of Joelton and Mary Orcutt, 53, took the master wins, clocking 19:54 and 21:29. [results]

09.12.09: CERVANTES AND KOPINSKI FIRST HOME AT SHERRY'S RUN: Julio Cervantes and Katherine Kopinski led the 3,000-plus participants (around 1,000 of which were runners) through the streets of Lebanon as the male and female overall winners at the 6th annual Sherry's Run 5K. Cervantes clocked 18:25, while Kopinski clocked 21:04. First male and female masters home were Jeff Brown and Amy Breedlov, clocking 20:33 and 23:30 respectively. [results]

09.12.09: WOODS REPEATS AS EASTMAN ROAD RACE WINNER: Ryan Woods clocked 32:35 to win his second straight Eastman Road Race 10K title in Kingsport. The 30-year-old chiropractor, who was a stand-out harrier at NC State and now calls Boone,NC home, came in nine seconds clear of David Angell of Blue Ridge,VA. The 2007 winner, Christopher Wright placed third. Kingsport's Molly Allen had little trouble running away from the women's field. The 38-year-old clocked 38:52 to win by almost a quarter mile. Both Woods and Allen pocketed $150 in cash and a $150 gift certificate for Dick's Sporting Goods. The male and female masters winners, Kingsport's Terry Ketron, 45, and Johnson City's Susan Rollins, 51, clocked 37:33 and 40:31 (good for second female overall) respectively.

Woods also jumped in the accompanying Day & Zimmerman 3K and clocked 9:29 to outpace Johnson CIty's Will Frye by eight seconds, and pocket another $150 at Dick's. Frye's former teammate at Milligan College, Jacklyn Talbert of Mount Carmel, was the first female home, clocking 10:49. William Trainor of Johnson City and Cindy Puck of Kingsport were the masters winners, clocking 9:58 and 14:40. [results: 10K | 3K]

09.11.09: MTSU SWEEP TEAM TITLES AT POWERADE XC INVITATIONAL: Middle Tennessee State University cleaned up at the Powerade Cross-Country Invitational held at Chattanooga's Mocassin Bend course and hosted by UT-Chattanooga. In the men's 5K race, race winner Festus Chemaoi, who clocked 15:30, and third placed William Songock (15:44) gave the Blue Raiders a strong 1-2 punch up front, and with their next three runners all in the top dozen, the Blue Raiders had little trouble picking up the team title. Running well unattached was UT-Chattanooga Chris Berry, who hails from Murfreesboro. He clocked 15:33 to place 2nd overall and split MTSU's Kenyan dynamic duo. UT-C freshman, Kyle McLarty (who prepped at Collierville High School) ran impressively in his first collegiate race, placing 5th in 16:00.

In the women's 2 miles race, it took an impressive run from Kennesaw State's MacKenzie Howe to stop MTSU's Zamzam Sangau from completing a sweep of both the team and individual awards by the Blue Raiders. Howe clocked 11:15 to outpace Sangau, who hails from Uganda, by nine seconds. MTSU won by a single point over UT-Chattanooga, who had freshmen Kathryn Stuart and Mary Cumbee (both of Brentwood High) placing in the top 10 in their college debuts. [results]

09.07.09: MOORE 2ND IN 10K AND 1ST IN 5K AT FRANKLIN CLASSIC: Chris Herren and Molly Brown-Boulay were the overall male and female winners of the Franklin Classic 10K. Herren, a former collegiate harrier at Southeast Missouri, clocked 32:54 to finish well clear of the field, with Nashville's Alex Moore placing second in 33:46. Brown-Boulay, 37, of Franklin, clocked 39:25 to finish 38 seconds up on runner-up, Mandy Oakes. First male and female masters were Kentucky Wempe and Cathy Cheeseman, clocking 34:47 and 41:01 respectively.

In the accompanying 5K, Alex Moore, just 25 minutes after placing 2nd in the 10K, outran Benjamin Mulvaney by thirteen seconds to win the 5K in 16:05. Aming the women, the fast-improving Sue Anne Guzik, aged 42, clocked 18:49 to win comfortably, with 13-year-old Elizabeth Scott placing 2nd in 20:08. [results: 10K | 5K]

09.06.09: LORD 4TH IN JUNIOR RACE AT WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Signal Mountain's Brandon Lord ran very impressively for the U.S team at the World Mountain Running Championships, held in Madesimo, Italy, near the Swiss border. Lord, a senior at Chattanooga's Baylor School, placed 4th overall in the junior men's race. Covering a two lap 8.68-kilometer course that had an elevation change of over 1800 feet on each loop, Lord placed 4th overall (1st American), clocking 39:51, just 19 seconds away from nabbing a bronze medal. The race was won by Italy's Chevier in 38:26. [results]

09.05.09: SONNENFELDT NABS WIN IN FIRST COLLEGIATE RACE: Knoxville's Matt Sonnenfeldt notched a win in his first collegiate cross-country meet. The former West High School star, now a freshman at University of Kentucky, was in action at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond,KY, in a 3 way meet also involving Marshall. Kentucky won both the men’s and women’s races while EKU took second in both. The meet operated in a relay format and saw each male runner run two two-mile legs and each female runner run three one-mile legs. Sonnenfeldt clocked an aggregate time of 19:02 (9:38 and 9:24) for his two 2-mile legs. [results]

09.05.09: ABTAHI GETS FIRST EVER MEET WIN AS A BULLDOG: Nashville's Bejan Abtahi had to wait a long time for his first overall win in a collegiate cross-coutry meet. But it happened today as Georgia swept Georgia Tech in a dual meet in Athens. The Georgia senior (who prepped at Father Ryan HS) clocking 25:59 over the challenging 8K course to win. In his collegiate debut, freshman Bill Matthews, a 6-time state champion while at Baylor, finished just 4 ticks adrift, placing 3rd in 26:03. [results | video, georgiadogs.com]

09.05.09: IBERG LEADS HOUSTON BOYS TO SECOND AT MEMPHIS TWILIGHT X-C MEET: While the races lacked the depth seen in recent years, there was, as always, some great high school running at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Cross-Country Meet held at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Houston High School junior, Elliot Iberg, clocked a PR of 15:55 to place 2nd in the boys' varsity 5K, nine seconds behind race winner, Max Holman, of Tupelo HS (MS). Houston, the defending boys' AAA State champions, finished five under 17:25, and tallied 138 points, to finish 2nd behind West Plains HS from Missouri. The race was also a debut for Houston coach Aaron Martens, who took over for long-time head coach George Gibson. Cordova High, led by senior William James in 12th (16:25), were the next Tennessee team, placing 8th of the 43 schools. In the girls' varsity 5K, Cassidy Hale, a freshman from Dupont Manual HS in Kentucky romped home seventeen seconds clear to win in 18:46, and lead her team to a 2nd place finish behind Georgia's North Gwinnett HS, who racked up just 47 points. Cordova, led by junior Ashleigh Skinner's 3rd place 19:13 run, were the first Tennessee team to finish, placing 5th with 222 points.

In the college races, Ole Miss junior Barnabas Kirui was a comfortable victor in the men's 4 mile race, clocking 19:01, twelve seconds clear of Harding University's Daniel Kirwa. South Alabama easily won the team competition, tallying just 45 points, with host team Christian Brothers University providing the best Tennessean finish in 12th. In the women's 5K race, former Harding University star, Janet Cherobon (whose husband Jay coaches the high school girls' winning team - North Gwinnett), cruised to a relatively easy win. She clocked 17:37 to finish 11 seconds up on Knoxville's Mindy Sullivan, also running unattached. Samford University were impressive, putting five in the top 20, to win easily with a 47-point tally, well clear of Harding in second. University of Memphis' 17th place finish was the best by a Tennessee team. [results | race & interview videos, Flotrack.org]

09.05.09: EDMONDS AND BEGIN LEAD THE FIELD AT GREAT PROSTATE CANCER CHALLENGE 5K: Jeff Edmonds and Melissa Begin were the overall male and female winners at Nashville's 2nd annual Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K, held at Centennial Park. Edmonds was never really challenged for the win, and clocked 16:29 to win by eighty seconds. The women's race saw Begin challenged by Nashville newcomer, Jillian Mastrioanni. Begin clocked 18:22 for the win, while Mastroianni clocked 18:46. First male and female masters home were Garth Peterson, 46, and Rhonda Hammett, 41, coming in at 18:57 and 21:06 respectively. [results]

09.04.09: LADY COMMODORES, MTSU MEN IMPRESSIVE AT BELMONT X-C OPENER: With five of the top thirteen finishers, Vanderbilt's Lady Commodores won the women's team competition in convincing fashion at the Belmont Cross-Country Opener, held at Nashville's Percy Warner Park. Johnson City's Allie Scalf, made an impressive debut as a Dore, placing 6th overall (Vandy's #2), just ahead of former Morristown West stand-out, Haley Moody (Alabama's #2) and Memphian, Rita Jorgensen (Vandy's #3). "It's great to start the season off with a win and hopefully we can build off this as we host the Commodore Classic in two weeks," said Vanderbilt head coach, Steve Keith. Individually, Tennessee's Jackie Areson was the class of the field, cruising home in 14:04 over the 4K lay-out to win by 13 seconds. Vanderbilt tallied just 42 points to finish 15 points clear of Alabama in 2nd. MTSU were 4th, a Tennessee team with a couple of notable absentees was 5th, while Belmont were a disappointing 6th.

In the men's 5K race that followed, MTSU edged a Belmont team that held out most of their new signees. Festus Chemaoi, half of the Blue Raider's Kenyan dynamic duo upfront, pulled away from the field decisively after 3 kilometers, and finished in 15:11, some eighteen seconds clear of his nearest challenger. Nashville's Ryan Snellen, spearheading a Belmont Alumni team, split MTSU's Kenyans, placing 2nd in 15:29. MTSU, with five in the top 20 and three in the top 5, racked up just 45 points to win the team competition, as Belmont finished second with 57 points. Lipscomb was third with 78, while Vanderbilt and Belmont's Alumni tied for 4th at 96 points. [results: women | men]

 

 

 

 

 

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