Riendeau Takes Third at Memphis Twilight Classic
Sept. 11, 2005
Germantown, Tenn. - In front of several hundred excited fans Friday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Germantown, Memphis junior Daniele Riendeau (Ottawa, Ontario) put together a career-best effort to finish third overall and lead the Lady Tiger team to a fifth-place finish at the Memphis Twilight Classic.
Riendeau, who equaled her highest-ever individual finish with the third-place tally, overtook several runners in the final mile of the race to complete the three-mile course in a personal-best time of 17:04.83. The mark bested her previous record at the distance by over 30 seconds.
Finishing second on the U of M squad and sixth overall was freshman Emily Malinowski (Slingerlands, N.Y.), who came out of the gates strong and held on at the end to finish with a time of 17:30.13.
Junior Mary Claire Dake (Knoxville, Tenn.) used a tough effort down the stretch to finish third on the team and 33rd overall with a personal-best time of 18:42.69, bettering her prior three-mile mark by over 1:10.
Rounding out the scoring for the U of M on the night were freshman Carolyn Corbett (Concord, N.H.) and junior Becca McMahon (Londonderry, N.H.), who have each battled early-season injuries, but put together strong showings to finish 42nd and 45th, respectively, in times of 19:08.54 and 19:13.80.
Four more Memphis runners finished just behind the team's top five to take the sixth through ninth team spots. Freshman Meghan Shinkwin (Nashua, N.H.) placed 52nd with a time of 19:21.05. Juniors Sarah Janecek (Wahoo, Neb.) and Kimberly McVeigh (Collierville, Tenn.) finished 54th and 59th, respectively, in times of 19:22.81 and 19:27.61, each setting a new personal-best time. Senior Nora Nemere (Budapest, Hungary) finished 64th in a time of 19:42.66.
The team's top five scores gave the U of M 125 total points, and the fifth-place tally. Harding University took home the women's team championship with 49 points.
The Memphis Twilight Classic was hosted by Christian Brothers University. The six-race meet included women's and men's open races and high school girls and boys varsity events, and concluded with the women's and men's college competitions.
The U of M squad will now have a weekend off before they travel to Boston, Mass., for the Harrier Classic on September 24.