Women Finish Eighth; Men Finish Tenth at Saluki Invitational Cross Country Meet
Oct. 9, 2004
Carbondale, Ill.---The Memphis cross country teams each posted quality performances at the Saluki Invitational as the women finished eighth and the men finished tenth. The meet, hosted by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, included eleven teams from throughout the South and Mid-West.
The Lady Tiger squad saw each of its top five runners set personal records at the 5k distance for the second week in a row, while the men, who were competing in their first meet of the fall, produced two top 20 finishes.
Leading the women's team was sophomore Daniele Riendeau who finished in 12th place, in a time of 18:21.58. Finishing second on the team and 42nd overall was Becca McMahon, in a time of 19:27.79, while Sarah Janecek was third on the team and 53rd overall in a time of 19:47.06. Nora Nemere and Mary Claire Dake rounded out the top five for U of M, placing 67th and 69th in times of 20:13.16 and 20:14.81 respectively. Also running in the meet for the Lady Tigers were Kimberly McVeigh, 20:26.78, Heather Woolls, 21:27.28, Brittany Pieraccini, 22:35.19, and Karin Brooks, 23:00.17.
"I was very happy with our performances," said women's coach Jonas Holdeman. "Any time you can get personal records from your top five runners, it is always a good thing."
For the men, senior Mate Nemeth led the way, finishing 16th and covering the 8k course in a time of 26:25.81. Michael Mentz finished just behind Nemeth in 17th place with a time of 26:28.08. Abraham Shaposhnik was third on the team and 71st overall in a time of 28:32.39, while Jason Morgan and Gary Nemeth rounded out the scoring for the Tigers in times of 36:56.72 and 37:01.13 respectively.
The men's team was happy with the results from their first meet, especially considering the lack of true distance runners on the squad and the fact that several of the runners, including Mate Nemeth, are still hampered by injuries.
The U of M women's cross country team will now be out of action until the Conference USA Championships on October 30, in Chicago, while the men's team will compete in the SEMO Invitational Saturday, October 23, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.