Women's Cross Country Travels to Arkansas State, Saturday
Sept. 21, 2000
Memphis, Tenn. -- -
The University of Memphis women's cross country team will travel to Arkansas State University, Saturday, despite having just one healthy runner.
The Lady Tigers, who compete at 10 a.m., Saturday, are again battling the injury bug. Junior Lilly Lebron, the team's No. 1 runner two years ago, is recovering from an injury and will compete even though she is not yet at 100%. Freshman Laura Clark is sidelined with strep throat while Leslie Daley and Julie Wright are both battling I-T Band Problems. Junior Andrea Dahlman is getting X-rays today to determine whether she has a broken foot.
Freshman Katie Moore is the team's one healthy runner, and will get some help carrying the Lady Tiger runners from sophomore Katie Bondeson. Bondeson is training to become a heptathlete during the track season, so she runs with the cross country team in the morning and trains with field events coach Steve Whistler for the upcoming track season in the afternoons.
The Lady Tigers are coming off a fourth-place finish at UT-Chattanooga last weekend, where head coach Stan Hollenbeck was dismayed to find the team's emphasis on tight pack-running not put into play.
"We didn't run very well last weekend," Hollenbeck said. "Julie (Wright) finished first for us, but she ran with Lilly (Lebron), who isn't fully up to speed yet. We have to get to the point where we are out-kicking the opposition at the finish line, not one another."
The Tigers have already faced all the teams they will see this weekend and have beaten all of them. Other participating teams include Arkansas State, Jackson State, Ole Miss and UT-Martin.