Kapkiai leads cross country at Commodore Classic
Freshman wins women’s title, David third in men’sSeptember 17, 2011 · Athletic Communications
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee freshman Lucy Kapkiai won her second consecutive women’s individual title, clocking a 5k time of 17 minutes, 53.40 seconds on Saturday morning at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
With the victory, the Eldoret, Kenya, native became the first Blue Raider woman to claim back-to-back individual titles since the turn of the century.
“Lucy ran a spectacular race today,” said cross country coach Dean Hayes. “She continues to run at a very high level as she gains confidence and momentum with every race she runs.”
Meanwhile senior Justus David paced the men with a third-place finish in an 8k time of 24:40.10 for his second top-five finish in as many weeks.
Overall, the Blue Raider men picked up a fifth-place finish, amassing 143 points. Cincinnati took home the men’s team crown with 75 points, 10 better than runner-up Alabama.
Freshmen Robinson Simatei and Silas Taiget also continued their successful seasons thus far. Simatei finished 14th while posting a time of 25:36.20 while Taiget clocked a time of 25:47.40, crossing the finish line in 16th place.
Fellow freshman Vincent Bett made his Blue Raider debut on Saturday and provided the team with a nice performance as he finished 47th in a time of 26:46.50.
“Justus had another great day today,” Hayes said. “I was pleased with how Robinson and Silas ran as well. Vincent Bett also had a good run and really helped us as a team.”
In the women’s race, the Middle Tennessee women failed to qualify a team score as the squad only placed four finishers. However, the team still received strong efforts from the sophomore trio of Autumn Gipson, Deanna Brasz and Rachel Islam who each completed the 5k course in under 20 minutes.
The Crimson Tide totaled 45 points to win the team competition while Lipscomb followed with 51 points.
The Blue Raider cross country teams will take a break from competition next weekend before heading to Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 1.
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Men's Individual Results Finish, Name, Time (Winner and MT Finishers) 1, Eric Finan (Cincinnati), 24:25.90 3, Justus David, 25:40.10 14, Robinson Simatei, 25:36.20 16, Silas Taiget, 25:47.40 47, Vincent Bett, 26:46.50 68, Lyle Haywood, 27:11.20 82, Keith Davis, 27:32.60 150, Jamarious Jones, 29:59.80
Women's Team Results Finish, Team, Points 1, Alabama, 45 2, Lipscomb, 51 3, Belmont, 80 4, Vanderbilt, 105 5, Cincinnati, 141 6, Jacksonville State, 182 7, Memphis, 192 8, Rhodes, 224 9, Florida Gulf Coast, 293 10, Marshall, 318 11, Chattanooga, 319 12, Union (Tenn.), 347 13, Cerritos, 353 14, Tennessee-Martin, 390 15, Delta State, 391 16, U. of the South, 450 17, Birmingham-Southern, 549 18, Bethel (Tenn.), 589 19, Freed-Hardeman, 608 20, Trevecca Nazarene, 630 21, Tennessee State, 636 22, Alabama A&M, 645 23, Spalding, 659
Women's Individual Results Finish, Name, Time (Winner and MT Finishers) 1, Lucy Kapkiai (MT), 17:53.40 42, Autumn Gipson, 19:15.60 53, Deanna Brasz, 19:36.90 68, Rachel Islam, 19:57.80
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