Guillou Places Ninth to Lead Cross Country in First MeetSeptember 2, 2005 · MT Media Relations
Guillou placed three Blue Raider men in the Top 21 in the opening meet of the season for the cross country team, finishing in a time of 15:20.85 on the five kilometer course. Senior Derek Dell was 18th in a time of 15:44.13, while senior Steve Safstrom came in 21st in 15:44.96.
"Jonathan picked up where he left off last year and ran very well, and Derek and Steve also had a good showing for the first meet," head coach Dean Hayes said. "This was as strong a meet as we will run in all season with Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Mississippi State, so the fifth place is a very good start by the men."
The other four male competitors all finished from 46th-65th, with junior Tony Carufe placing 46th (17:14.82), sophomore Matthew Young in 53rd (17:55.64), freshman Luke Pleger 59th (18:46.37) and freshman Ryan Hood 65th (20:44.33).
For the women, newcomers Ashley Comstock and Kaitlyn Hammond were 42nd and 43rd, respectively, to pace a 10th-place showing.
Comstock ran the 4K course in 16:00.05, while Hammond finished in 16:01.13. Sara Lunning came in 52nd in 16:37.51, while Miranda Galloway was 67th in 17:21.58 and Marjorie Gombert placed 75th in 18:18.67.
"Ashley and Kaitlyn did well for their first time out, especially since our team has only been together for a couple of weeks," Hayes said. "We knew they would come into camp in shape, and it showed today."
Catherine Chester (83rd, 19:47.61), Ashley Thaler (84th, 19:55.47), Tiffany Sawyer (30:01.00) and Kerry Barrow (30:03.00) rounded out the rest of the Middle Tennessee women.
Both squads will participate in the UTC Opener in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, September 9.
MEN - 5K
9. Jonathan Guillou, 15:20.85
18. Derek Dell, 15:44.13
21. Steve Safstrom, 15:48.96
46. Tony Carufe, 17:14.82
53. Matthew Young, 17:55.64
59. Luke Pleger, 18:46.37
65. Ryan Hood, 20:44.33
WOMEN - 4K
42. Ashley Comstock, 16:00.05
43. Kaitlyn Hammond, 16:01.13
52. Sara Lunning, 16:37.51
67. Miranda Galloway, 17:21.58
75. Marjorie Gombert, 18:19.67
83. Catherine Chester, 19:47.61
84. Ashley Thaler, 19:55.47
Tiffany Sawyer, 30:01.00
Kerry Barrow, 30:03.00
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