Memphis Cross Country Readies for Pre-Nationals
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-After a three week lay-off, Memphis cross country squads return to action, on Saturday, at the Pre-National Invitational hosted by Indiana State University. The meet will be the most competitive for the Tigers thus far in the 2013 season.
The men's squad will run in the Blue 8K race beginning at 10:00 a.m. (CT). The 52-team field includes some of the top-ranked teams in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Poll, including, among others, No. 1 Olkahoma State, No. 2 Colorado and No. 4 Oregon.
On the women's side, the Tigers will run in the White 6K race set for 11:55 a.m. (CT) . The ladies will take on a 35-team field that includes a strong showing of USTFCCCA regionally ranked teams, among them USTFCCA South Region foe Georgia Tech, ranked 13th in the latest regional polls.
The race will be run on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, which will play host to the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Division I Cross Country Championship on November 23, 2013. Results from the event will posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.
Tigers in the USTFCCA South Region
The Tigers continue to hold strong in the USTFCCA Men's South Region Ranking checking in at No. 14 in the latest regional poll (10/6/13). Florida (No. 1), Florida State (No. 2), Georgia (No. 3), Auburn (No. 4), Lipscomb (No. 5), Tennessee (No. 6), Mississippi State (No. 7), ETSU (No 8), Georgia Tech (No. 9), Belmont (No. 10), Alabama (No. 11), Florida A&M (No. 12), Chattanooga (No. 13) and Stanford (No. 15) round-out the USTFCCCA South Region Poll top-15.
Last Time Out
The Tigers last competed at the Rhodes College Invitational run at Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tenn. on Sept. 28. The men's team placed first overall in the 8K, with the women taking third in the 6K.
The men placed first of 27 teams scoring 30 points on the 8K course. Central Arkansas placed second with 99 points followed by Center in third with 108 points.
Dan Kuhman (25:07) and James Maglasang (25:26) were the top-two finishers for the men, with Kuhman taking second and Maglasang crossing the line fourth. Fabian Fiege (25:57, seventh), Aidan Galasso (26:21, eighth), Julien Wolf (26.23, ninth), Drew Austell (26:29, 11th) and Austin Carter (26:48, 12th) rounded out the Memphis top seven.
The women's squad finished third of 25 teams scoring 118 points on the 6K course. Arkansas State took first with 43 points with Central Arkansas taking second at 98 points.
Martina Rodriguez (22:36) and Jenny Johnston (23:18) were the top-two finishers for the women, with Rodriguez taking sixth and Johnston taking 12th. Alisha Fitch (23.30, 18th), Meagan Nichols (23:50, 26th), Taylor Kriha (24:50, 56th), Nandia Taylor (25:01, 60th) and Lauren Berry (25:07, 64th) rounded out Memphis' top seven.
The first place finish by the men was their third-in-a-row at the Rhodes College Invitational; the women's third place finish was their third top-five at the meet in the last three seasons.
Up Next for the Tigers
The Tigers will next compete at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship. The event will be hosted by UCONN on Nov. 11, in Storrs, Conn.