Riendeau Takes Sixth at C-USA Championships; Earns Second Team All-Conference
Oct. 29, 2005
Orlando, Fla. - Memphis junior Daniele Riendeau posted her fifth personal record in six meets this season en route to a sixth-place finish at the Conference USA Cross Country Championships in Orlando. The tally earned Riendeau second team All-Conference honors and led the U of M to a sixth-place team showing, its highest-ever finish at the C-USA meet.
Riendeau, who ran a strong race despite suffering from a sinus infection, was able to hang with the leaders until around the two-mile mark, but faded slightly near the end to cover the 5K course in a time of 17:30 and claim sixth in the 77-runner field.
"It was a tough race for Daniele, because she knew she wasn't at her best" said coach Jonas Holdeman. "She put forth a great effort and hung tough for the first part of the race, but you could see it catching up with her the last mile or so."
Even with the difficult circumstances, the Ottawa, Ontario native bested her previous personal record by 17 seconds and broke her own mark as Memphis' highest-ever finisher in the C-USA women's race. Riendeau had held the mark with her 17th-place finish at last year's meet.
The U of M's second thru fifth runners all registered solid showings as well, with each of the four remaining members of the top-five setting a personal record on the day.
Freshman Emily Malinowski just missed out on a top-15 finish and the All-Conference third team as she posted a time of 18:12 to finish 16th and set a new personal best by 18 seconds. The Slingerlands, N.Y. native's mark is now the second highest finish for a Memphis woman at the C-USA meet.
Freshman counterparts Carolyn Corbett and Meghan Shinkwin each posted their best efforts as Tigers, finishing 41st and 46th, respectively, to claim the third and fifth team spots with times of 19:02 and 19:15. Corbett's time was a PR by 42 seconds, while Shinkwin's time eclipsed her PR by over a minute.
Junior Mary Claire Dake rounded out the top-five, finishing 43rd overall and fourth on the team with a time of 19:04. The Knoxville, Tenn. native broke her previous 5K record by over 30 seconds.
"I was really pleased with how we ran today," Holdeman said. "All of our girls gave it everything they had, so I feel like this was a good result for us."
The top-five individual scores game Memphis a team total of 152 points to leave them in the sixth position, just behind Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles edged the U of M by just seven points to deny Memphis of a top-five finish. Rice won the women's team competition with 46 points, while UAB finished second with 57 points.
The C-USA Cross Country Championships were hosted by UCF at DISNEY'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS® Complex in Orlando.
The U of M will now have a weekend off before traveling to Gainesville, Fla., for the NCAA South Regional Championships on Saturday, November 12.