Maglasang, Lingley Propel Memphis to Top-10 Finishes at the Crimson Classic
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - For the fourth time in four meets this season, the University of Memphis men's and women's cross country teams recorded top-10 finishes. The men tallied 176 points for ninth place in a tough 21-team field, and the women's 256 points were enough for 10th place out of 25 teams, at Saturday's Crimson Classic.
The men were led once again by the one-two jab of sophomore James Maglasang and freshman Daniel Kuhman. Maglansang was 11th overall to cross the line in the men's 8K in a time of 25:30.33 and Kuhman placed 14th with his 25:32.37 mark.
"It was a very solid effort by both teams but I can't grade us at 100-percent like at Rhodes two weeks ago," cross country coach Doug Clark said. "In particular, the men were disappointed finishing just 10 points behind Tennessee. Plus, the course was very challenging and competing on it today should definitely help us at regionals."
This was only the second time the Tigers have competed at the Crimson Classic in recorded history, the only previous time being in 2000 when Memphis placed 16th out of 23 teams. This was the first appearance at the Crimson Classic for the women's program.
"We will get back to work following fall break striving for an 'A' effort at conference," coach Clark said.
Up next for the Tigers will be the Conference USA Championships on Monday, Oct. 31. The meet will be in Houston, Texas and hosted by Rice University. The men's 8K is scheduled for 9 a.m. CT and the women's 5K is slated for 10 a.m. CT.