Pair of Tigers notch Top-10 Finishes at Watson Ford Invite.
Oct. 12, 2008
Clinton, Miss. - The Memphis men's and women's cross country team competed in the Watson Ford Invitational hosted by Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. on Saturday. The men's squad finished tied for fifth place out of nine division I teams with 96 points, but only three points out of third place in the 8k race. The women's team who ran a 6k finished with 107 points and in sixth place out of seven division I teams.
"This meet served its purpose for us," said distance coach Toby Reep of the course at the Watson Ford Invitational. "It was the most challenging course we have faced all year. It had lots of hills and lots of turns, but it's going to make us stronger down the road. That's the main purpose that we wanted for this meet."
The top runner for the men was sophomore Edwin Kipkorir with another top-10 finish. Kipkorir crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 26:40.28. Shortly following for the Tigers was sophomore Jacob Chapman at 27:08.31 in 11th place. Sophomore Joe Coneo Jr. notched a top-20 finish today as well with a 20th place finish with a time of 27:33.08.
"We're going to continue to get physically better. A course like this makes your legs stronger and it will better prepare us for conference."
On the women's side, senior Emily Malinowski grabbed a top-10 finish crossing at 24:03.99 and in eighth place. Freshman Jasmine Darden was the next Lady Tigers to finish placing 16th and registering a time of 25:38.64. Another freshman Joslynne Serna made an appearance in the top-25 with a 26:19.55 race time and in 25th place.
"One good thing about this race was that the women's run was a 6k which will help our women both mentally and physically," said Reep. "It was 1000 meters longer than what we've been doing and 1000 meters longer than the championship. Once you run that 6k, it sure does make those 5ks feel much smaller, and that will also help us in the long run."
The Memphis cross country teams compete at the Redhawk Invitational hosted by Southeast Missouri State. on Friday, Oct. 17 at 5:00 p.m.
"Next week is a pretty flat course and we should be able to fly on it now after running this one," said Reep of the upcoming Redhawk Invitational.
The Conference USA Championships are hosted by the University of Memphis at Mike Rose Soccer Complex on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 1.