Memphis Cross Country Set for Commodore Classic

Sept. 13, 2013

Commodore Classic Info

Women's 5K Course Map

Men's 8K Course Map

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-University of Memphis cross country squads will return to action, on Saturday, at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University. The men's team will run the 8K course at 9:00 a.m. (CT) followed by the women on the 5K course at 10:00 am (CT).

"When we had in our first meet, we had only been practicing together for about a week," cross country/distance coach Doug Clark said. "We've had another two weeks now in this last training cycle to become more of a cohesive unit and I think we can look forward to a little bit better performance than what we had at the Memphis Twilight.

The meet will feature 31 teams in both the men's and women's races including, among others, USTFCCCA South Region foes Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The event will be held at Percy Warner Park on the Vaughn's Gap Cross Country Course, a trail the Tigers competing there the last four seasons.

"It's a course that especially our older people are very familiar with," Clark said. "Our younger people aren't as familiar with it, but they're able to get feedback and input from the older people about what to expect from the course. I think it's a good situation to be able to compare to past years."

The meet will be the Tigers' second of the 2013 season. Results from the Commodore Classic will be posted on as they become available.

Last Time Out
Memphis cross country squads opened the season at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on August 31. The men's team finished fourth of eight teams with Daniel Kuhman and James Maglasang taking top-five finishes on the 4.2 mile course. Kuhman placed second in a time of 21:26.15, with Maglasang crossing the finish line fourth at 21:38.47.

The women's team finished seventh of eight teams with Martina Rodriguez as the top-finisher taking 21st place in a time of 19:04.27 on the 5K course. Alisha Fitch was the second finisher for the women, placing 38th in a time of 19:44.61.

What the Tigers Did a Year Ago at the Commodore Classic
In 2012, the men's squad finished 10th of 24 teams overall, with the women placing 17th of 24 teams. Daniel Kuhman was the top finisher for the men in the 8K at 24:57.48, taking ninth place individually. The finish was Kuhman's second top-10 performance of the season, and his fifth running for the Blue and Gray. Teammate James Maglasang was the second-highest finisher placing 21st, with a time of 25:16.56.

In the women's 6K, Louisa Lingley recorded the highest Memphis finish with a time of 22:31.92 finishing 39th in the field. Jenny Johnston checked in with second highest finish for Memphis crossing the line at 23:50.18.

Up Next for Memphis
Following the Commodore Classic, Memphis cross country teams will return to action at the Rhodes College Invitational set for September 28. The event will be held at Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tenn.



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