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Carufe, Gombert Top Finishers at WKU

Catherine Chester posts personal-best on 5K course

September 16, 2006 · Jo Jo Freeman
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Junior Marjorie Gombert placed 19th and senior Tony Carufe finished 24th, pacing the Middle Tennessee cross country teams Saturday at the 25th Annual WKU Old Timers Classic at Kereiakes Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

Gombert was the top finisher for the Blue Raider women for the second straight week, finishing the 5K course in 19:17.10. Senior Sara Lunning was 26th in 20:23.80, while freshman Sangau Zamzam placed 28th in 20:28.20.

Sophomore Tiffany Sawyer finished 38th in 21:01.20, with sophomore Catherine Chester posting a personal-best in 21:59.10 for 42nd and sophomore Ashleigh Thaler 50th in 24:05.00.

"Marjorie ran very well again and Zamzam was right there in the top three, just behind Sara," head coach Dean Hayes said. "And Catherine posted a big PR over last year."

Sophomores Ashley Comstock and Kaitlyn Hammond did not run because of injuries and will look to return in two weeks at the team's next meet, the Greater Louisville Invitational.

On the men's side, Carufe was the top finisher for the third straight week, finishing the 8K course in 29:05.50. Junior Matthew Young placed 28th in 29:28.40 and freshman Philip Benavides was 33rd in 30:40.70.

Freshman Chris Travis finished 36th in 31:16.60 and sophomore Luke Pfleger placed 40th in 32:15.30.

"Tony ran well and Matt Young was very good, finishing under 30 minutes," Hayes said. "The big thing today was both teams were able to run the distances they will have to run at the Sun Belt meet next month."

Newcomer William Songock will make his debut in Louisville in two weeks.

Full results from Saturday's meet may be found at wkusports.com.

25th Annual Old Timers Classic
Kereiakes Park - Bowling Green, Ky.
MEN - 8K

24. Tony Carufe, 29:05.50
28. Matthew Young, 29:28.40
33. Philip Benavides, 30:40.70
36. Chris Travis, 31:16.60
40. Luke Pfleger, 32:15.30

WOMEN - 5K
19. Marjorie Gombert, 19:17.10
26. Sara Lunning, 20:23.80
28. Sangau Zamzam, 20:28.20
38. Tiffany Sawyer, 21:01.20
42. Catherine Chester, 21:59.10
50. Ashleigh Thaler, 24:05.00

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