Women's Cross Country Finishes in Top 20 at NCAA South Regional
Nov. 12, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Efforts by freshman Daniel Kuhman and sophomore James Maglasang at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country South Regional helped the University of Memphis men's team rack up 368 points on Saturday, enough for a 14th-place finish out of 24 teams and two points shy of 13th-place Lipscomb.
Kuhman returned to the head of the pack for the Tigers, crossing 34th overall with a time of 32:25.0 closely followed by Maglasang's 32:29.2 mark; both times were 10K personal-bests for the one-two punch.
"James has run great the last two meets, but Dan wasn't happy with his performance at conference," cross country coach Doug Clark said. "So he was motivated to prove himself. He needs to bring that attitude to every race."
The other runners to score points for the Blue and Gray were Julien Wolf (70th, 33:21.8), Austin Carter (101st, 33:56.5), Fabian Fiege (136th, 35:14.2), Trent Scott (139th, 35:25.3), and Keanan Joyner (153rd, 36:42.8). The top three teams in the regional were Florida State (40), Florida (68), and Georgia (94).
"The guys are still in the maturing process," Coach Clark said. "But top 15 in the region, I'm happy with that."
Florida State (34) also took the women's crown, with Vanderbilt (54) and Florida (62) rounding out the top three squads. The Memphis women improved on their 2010 22nd-place performance, finishing in 18th in the 27-team field. The Blue and Gray's 483 points put two points behind Georgia Tech in 17th place.
With a 22:17.4 time and 69th-place finish in the 6K race, junior Louisa Lingley remained the Tigers' top-finisher.
"The women ran fast times, they just didn't place where we thought they would," Coach Clark added. "I feel like we had a chance to make the top 15 there too, but they definitely made a solid effort."
Nandia Taylor was next to cross the line with a 23:02.02 mark (102nd), followed by Alisha Fitch (10623:04.8), Jasmine Darden (116th, 23:15.8), Jenny Johnston (127th, 23:32.4), Meagan Nichols (139th, 23:50.2), and Erica Owen (161st, 24:33.7).