Riendeau Finishes Second to Lead Women's Cross Country at Rhodes Invitational
Oct. 3, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - The Memphis women's cross country squad got another strong performance from junior Daniele Riendeau (Ottawa, Ontario) at the Rhodes Invitational, as the team's top runner placed second overall to lead the Lady Tigers to a fourth-place finish in the twenty-two team meet.
Riendeau laid back slightly at the beginning of the race, but gradually maneuvered her way through the field before closing strong to finish with a time of 17:47 for the 5K race. The time was a new personal best, marking he fourth time in five races this season that Riendeau has set a personal record.
"Daniele ran a very good race," said Coach Jonas Holeman. "It is tough for her to sit back and let others go out in front, but she is best when she starts off slower and can come on strong at the end."
Freshman Emily Malinowski (Slingerlands, N.Y.) was again close behind Riendeau, as she too used a strong finish to take seventh overall and finish in the second team position with a time of 18:30.
Junior Mary Claire Dake (Knoxville, Tenn.) placed 25th overall with a time of 19:38 to retain her spot in the team's third position. Both Malinowski and Dake's times were personal records at the 5K distance.
Seniors Nora Nemere (Budapest, Hungary) and Heather Woolls (Ripley, Tenn.) finished 68th and 123rd, respectively, with times of 20:42 and 22:11 to complete the top seven for the Lady Tigers.
The Memphis team finished with a total 124 points to claim its fourth-place tally. Harding University won the women's team title with 54 points.
The Rhodes Invitational was hosted by Rhodes College at Plough Park in Memphis.
The women's cross country squad will now have a week off before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, Oct. 15, for the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival.