Tigers Set for Rhodes Invitational

Sept. 27, 2013

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.-University of Memphis cross country squads return to action, on Saturday, at the Rhodes College Invitational. The event marks the second of two meets the Tigers will run in Memphis, Tenn. this season.

"As the season progresses and the weather improves, people get into a rhythm with school and we continue to get in better and better shape," cross country/distance coach Doug Clark said. "I can definitely see that our workouts are improving, so now we just need to go into the meet and put it to good use."

The Tigers have dominated this event in recent years. Both the men's and women's teams will be seeking their fourth-straight team title at the annual event. On the men's side, senior James Maglasang will seek his fourth- straight individual win.

"The competition this year will be stronger than in years past," Clark said. "I think James (Maglasang) is capable of winning it again. I think we are capable of finishing in the top three in both the men's and women's races. We just need to go out there and compete the best we can and get as high as we can in the top three."

The women's 6K will begin at 10:00 a.m. (CT) followed by the men's 8K set for 10:40 a.m. (CT) at Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tenn. Results from the Rhodes Invitational will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.

USTFCCCA South Region Rankings
The men's squad continues to hold a top-15 ranking the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region Rankings checking in at No. 14 this week (Sept. 23) In the two previous rankings this season, the Tigers checked in at No. 13 (Sept. 13) and No. 11 (Aug. 26). The complete USTFCCCA Regional Rankings can be found at the following link: http://www.ustfccca.org/assets/rankings/div1/2013-xc/Div1_XC_2013_Week2_Regional-Summary.pdf

Last Time Out
The Tigers last competed at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 14. The men's team finished six of 19 teams (180 points) with the women finishing 12 of 20 teams (325 points).

In the men's 8K Daniel Kuhman and James Maglasang both took top-10 finishes for the second meet in a row. Kuhman took fourth in a time 25:17.21 his second top-five finish this season, with Maglasang clocking a time of 25:24.39 taking eighth of 166 runners on the course.

In the women's 5K, Martina Rodriguez and Jenny Johnston were the top-two finishers for Tigers. Rodriguez placed 33rd in a time of 18:08.45, with Johnston taking 69th at 18:58.27 out of 182 runners on the course.

2013 Memphis Cross Country Fact Book
The 2013 University of Memphis Cross Country Media Guide is now available. The 36 page guide contains media information, coaches and athlete bios, statistics, a review of 2012, records and the history of the Tigers' program. Printed copies can be ordered starting a $9.33 at the link below.



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