Malinowski Takes Home First Place at Rhodes College Invitational
Sept. 29, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's and women's cross country teams place well at Rhodes College Invitational. Junior Emily Malinowski led the pack as she took home first place on the women's side.
Race day took place on Shelby Farms. Malinowski started the day off well for the Lady Tigers, who placed third as a team in a race that was a little longer than 5k. Malinowski captured first place honors, as she finished 15 seconds in front of the next competitor. It was her first ever collegiate cross country win. Last year, Malinowski placed fourth at this same meet.
Teammate Tina Sherratt had an impressive showing as she crossed the line in 18:48 for fourth place, breaking 19 minutes for the first time this season. Anneli Uys placed eighth with a time of 19:19. Freshmen Lyndsey Ratasiewicz and Jessie Wilks rounded out the pack finishing in times of 20:56 and 21:48, respectively.
"This course was a little bit long for the ladies but they raced well. Tina broke 19 minutes for the first time, and Emily received her first collegiate win. I am really proud of the team," said Coach Mike Power.
The men's side finished fifth overall in the 8k race. Sophomore Jorgen Ekdahl led the team with a 12th place showing, finishing in 26:47. Freshman Jacob Chapman ran a season best race as he dropped his time by thirty seconds, finishing in 27:13. Senior Sam James was the third Tiger to cross the line, finishing in 27:34. Freshmen Wesley Garrett and Joe Coneo Jr. rounded out the top five, finishing in 27:56 and 28:05.
"Jacob really stepped his run up this week and Sam gave us another strong effort. Wesley performed strong and Joe had a big improvement from last week. We had big personal best today and it was a really good day against some nice competition," said Power.
Both the men's and women's teams are back in action next weekend, as they compete in the Brooks Twilight Classic on Saturday, Oct. 6.