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Pioneers race at Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational

NEWTON, N.C. --- The Tusculum College cross country teams competed at the Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Invitational Saturday morning at Southside Park. The Pioneer men finished in eighth place while the women tallied a 10th-place finish at the meet.

Jenny Grant was the top individual finisher for the women as she covered the 5,000-meter course in 23:13.3 to take 49th overall. Lakesa Hendrix followed in 58th place at 24:12.9, with Ashley Gregg close behind in 61st place at 24:54.8.

Rounding out the field for the Pioneers were Ashley Andrukonis in 69th place (28:27.0) and Carol Hogan in 71st place (29:15.2).

The host Bears claimed the individual champion as Kate Griewisch completed the race in 18:13.4 to win by over one minute. Milligan had three of the top five finishers and claimed the team title with 33 points, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne (64) and Lees-McRae (76).

In the men's competition, David Cooper was the top runner for the Pioneers for the second straight week, coming home 36th in a time of 29:13.5 over the 8,000 meters. Kekona Soon was 50th with a time of 30:29.5, Zachary Simpson placed 59th in 31:29.2, Elijah Minter took 64th in 34:07.5 and George Blalock finished 65th in 34:30.1.

Mars Hill won the team championship with 42 points, edging Milligan (50) and Lenoir-Rhyne (70). The Lions' Justin Gragg won the individual race with a time of 26:09.1, good for a 29-second margin of victory.

The Pioneers return to the course next Saturday at the Carson-Newman Challenge in Morristown.

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Men’s Team Results (8K)
Pl. Team                   Pts.
1   Mars Hill               42
2   Milligan                50
3   Lenoir-Rhyne            70
4   Lees-McRae             106
5   Belmont Abbey          138
6   Limestone              141
7   Brevard                160
8   TUSCULUM               229
 
Tusculum Individual Results
Pl. Runner                Time
36  David Cooper          29:13.5
50  Kekona Soon           30:29.5
59  Zachary Simpson       31:29.2
64  Elijah Minter         34:07.5
65  George Blalock        34:30.1

Women’s Team Results (5K)
Pl. Team                   Pts.
1   Milligan                33
2   Lenoir-Rhyne            64
3   Lees-McRae              76
4   Converse               143
5   Belmont Abbey          145
6   Brevard                146
7   Mars Hill              159
8   Limestone              197
9   Salem                  230
10  TUSCULUM               272
   
Tusculum Individual Results
Pl. Runner                Time
49  Jenny Grant           23:13.3
58  Lakesa Hendrix        24:12.9
61  Ashley Gregg          24:54.8
69  Ashley Andrukonis     28:27.0
71  Carol Hogan           29:15.2

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