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Zamzam, Chemaoi Lead Harriers at Louisville

Zamzam has fourth straight Top 15 finish

September 29, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Sophomore Sangau Zamzam finished 14th and freshman Festus Chemaoi was 23rd, leading Middle Tennessee's cross country teams Saturday at the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The women's team placed 11th among 28 teams and the men were 17th among 36 squads.

Zamzam continued her string of impressive performances so far this fall, placing 14th on the 5K course in a season-best 17:50.13. The Kampala, Uganda, native has placed in the Top 15 in all four races this fall and did it on Saturday among 239 competitors.

Senior Marjorie Gombert finished 52nd in 18:46.22, while junior Ashley Comstock was 65th in 19:03.80. Freshman Marla Bailey placed 72nd in 19:08.80 and junior Tiffany Sawyer finished 105th in 19:32.02.

The final three runners in the women's contingent on Saturday were sophomore Kaitlyn Hammond (146th, 20:28.57), senior Catherine Chester (170th, 21:32.52) and freshman Sarah Nambawa (23:05.01). Seven of the eight runners posted better times on the 5K course than two weeks ago at the same distance.

Chemaoi was the men's top finisher for the third time in his three meets this season, placing 23rd in 24:39.38. Sophomore William Songock finished 55th in 25:16.20, while freshman Julius Kirui was 85th in 25:42.19 and freshman Isaac Biwott placed 99th in 25:47.68. Sophomore Philip Benavides was the fifth runner for the Blue Raiders, finishing 191st in 27:14.18.

The remaining runners for the men's squad included freshman Adam Cunningham (215th, 27:51.08), senior Matthew Young (230th, 29:17.53), senior Chris Travis (296th, 29:34.50) and junior Luke Pfleger (304th, 30:28.76).

"It was a great day all around, terrific weather on a very nice course and both of our teams ran very well," head coach Dean Hayes said. "Our top five guys were all very good and the girls also ran very well and did a great job finishing 11th as a team.

"Zamzam and Festus continue to be very tough, and right now both teams look very solid with their top five. That's what we're building for as we head into the Sun Belt [Championships] in a few weeks," Hayes said.

Both the men's and women's teams will take part in the UTC FrontRunner Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn., on October 13. The Sun Belt Championships take place October 27 in Bowling Green, Ky.

MEN - 8K (17th/36)
23. Festus Chemaoi, 24:39.38
55. William Songock, 25:16.20
85. Julius Kirui, 25:42.19
99. Isaac Biwott, 25:47.68
191. Philip Benavides, 27:14.18
215. Adam Cunningham, 27:51.08
230. Matthew Young, 29:17.53
296. Chris Travis, 29:34.50
304. Luke Pfleger, 30:28.76

WOMEN - 5K (11th/28)
14. Zamzam Sangau, 17:50.13
52. Marjorie Gombert, 18:46.22
65. Ashley Comstock, 19:03.80
72. Marla Bailey, 19:08.80
105. Tiffany Sawyer, 19:32.02
146. Kaitlyn Hammond, 20:28.57
170. Catherine Chester, 21:32.52
231. Sarah Nambawa, 23:05.01

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