Cross Country Teams Pick Up Top-Ten Finishes at Memphis Twilight Classic
Sept. 4, 2011
MEMPHIS--Both the men's and women's teams captured top-ten finishes Saturday night at the ninth annual Memphis Twilight Classic, hosted by Christian Brothers University at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The men's team came in sixth place out of a 22-team field, the highest team finish since placing fifth at the Rhodes Invitational in 2010.
"I think it says a lot about the future of our program that our top six finishers were five freshmen and a sophomore," said Memphis distance and cross country coach Doug Clark. "It was a solid race by everyone."
Individually, two Tigers on the men's team finished in the top ten. Freshman Daniel Kuhman from Elyria, Ohio was the first in Blue and Gray to cross the finished line in the four-mile run, coming in sixth place with a time of 20:20.25.
Sophomore James Maglasang wasn't far behind with a time of 20:26.05, securing himself an eighth-place finish.
On the women's side, the team snagged eighth place in a field of 25. Junior Louisa Lingley from Amersham, England crossed first in the 5k with a time of 19:10.76. It was a personal-best time for Lingley, topping the 19:16 time she recorded in the Conference USA Championships last season.
"Lingley went out a little too aggressive," Coach Clark said. "She faded some near the end, but she did a great job and is improving a whole lot. Overall, the women packed very well and that will help us as a team the rest of the season if we can keep doing that."
Last year in 2010, the men came in 21st out of 30 teams and the women finished 16th out of a 32-team field. Before that in 2009, the men came in 19th out of 25 and the women didn't fare much better, finishing 17th in a field of 24.
"I've been coaching a long time and I don't throw praise around loosely," Coach Clark said. "But this program has come a long way in this race and you can see it in the results from this meet compared to the past two years."
Up next for the Tigers in the 2011 slate is the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, Sept. 17.