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TCTC's David Cooper finishes 19th at Carson-Newman Challenge (photo by Nathan Carver)

Tusculum cross country finishes eighth at C-N Challenge

TC rookie David Cooper places 19th

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. --- Tusculum College freshman recorded another top 20 finish as the Pioneers competed at the Carson-Newman Challenge, Saturday morning at Panther Creek State Park.  The Tusculum men and women each finished eighth in their respective races.

In the men’s meet, Cooper finished 19th with a time of 28:44.57 on the 8,000-meter layout, which will be the site of next month’s Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship.

TC’s Kekona Soon placed 36th with his time of 30:28.50, while Elijah Minter posted a time of 32:09.74 to finish 36th.  Elvis Machado finished 51st (33:14.12), while George Blalock placed 53rd (33:46.04) as all five TC runners each posted times below 34:00.

Tiffin University won the men’s race with a team score of 23 points, led by Colin Fisher, who won the race with a time of 25:34.87.  Former Tusculum standout Simon Holzapfel placed second with a time of 26:04.33 as he ran attached.  Tennessee Wesleyan placed second with 88 points, followed by Lincoln Memorial (100), Brevard (106), Carson-Newman (139), Catawba (147), Maryville (153), Tusculum and Johnson University (216).

Tusculum’s Jenny Grant was the top TC runner in the women’s 5K race.  Grant finished 33rd with her time of 23:44.77.  Lakesa Hendrix came in 39th place with a time of 24:22.84.  Ashley Gregg (25:09.46) and Kim Brown (25:16.69) finished 48th and 49th, respectively, followed by Ashley Andrukonis (63rd – 28:31.02) and Carol Hogan (64th – 28:34.99).

Tiffin won the women’s team title with 23 points as the Dragons captured four of the top five positions.  Carson-Newman placed second with 63 points, followed by Lincoln Memorial (100), Brevard (121), Catawba (133), Tennessee Wesleyan (140), Maryville (169) and Tusculum.

Tennessee Wesleyan’s Sarah Birgen won the women’s individual title with her time of 19:44.11, the only sub-20 minute time in Saturday morning’s field.

- TC –

Carson-Newman Cross Country Challenge
Men’s Race (8K)
Pl. Team                   Pts.
1   Tiffin                  23
2   Tennessee Wesleyan      88
3   Lincoln Memorial       100
4   Brevard                106
5   Carson-Newman          139
6   Catawba                147
7   Maryville              153
8   TUSCULUM               159
9   Johnson Univ.          216

Tusculum Individual Results (Men)
Pl. Runner                 Time
19  David Cooper           28:44.57
36  Kekona Soon            30:28.50
47  Elijah Minter          32:09.74
51  Elvis Machado          33:14.12
53  George Blalock         33:46.04

Women’s Race (5K)
Pl. Team                   Pts.
1   Tiffin                  23
2   Carson-Newman           63
3   Lincoln Memorial       100
4   Brevard                121
5   Catawba                133
6   Tennessee Wesleyan     140
7   Maryville              169
8   TUSCULUM               187

Tusculum Individual Results (Women)
Pl. Runner                 Time
33  Jenny Grant            23:44.77
39  Lakesa Hendrix         24:22.84
48  Ashley Gregg           25:09.46
49  Kim Brown              25:16.69
63  Ashley Andrukonis      28:31.02
64  Carol Hogan            28:34.99

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