MT completes Belmont Invite 5K

Six runners finish in top-50

August 30, 2013 · MTAthletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee cross country teams had a quick start to the 2013 season, as both teams competed in the 5k Belmont Invitational Friday evening at Percy Warner Park. On a hot, humid upper 90 degree day the Blue Raiders placed 6-of-11 runners in the top 50.

The men's team was highlighted by four runners in the top-50. Eliud Rutto took home the best time for Middle Tennessee, finishing the course in 16:08.76. Shadrack Matelong came close behind, placing 16th with a time of 16:15.99. Silas Taiget and Alden Dixon rounded out the other MT men's runners to make it into the top-50 with times of 16:32.81 and 16:34.18, respectively.

The women were originally meant to run a 4K race, but were changed to a 5K to allow for dual meet scoring.

The MT women's team was anchored by the performance of Jackline Kiprono, who in her first ever collegiate race placed 32nd with a time of 19:18.92. Just missing the 20-minute mark was Autumn Gipson, who finished 55th with a time of 20:18.55.

The cross country teams will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 6 as they compete at the PowerAde Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women's Individual Results:

32. Kiprono, Jackline (19:18.92)
55. Gipson, Autumn (20:18.55)
62. Kitevski, Julia (20:45.91)
68. Hampton, Tressanique (21:17.24)
73. Islam, Rachel (21:49.67)
84. Northam, Hannah (22:54.66)

Men's Individual Results:

12. Rutto, Eliud (16:08.76)
16. Matelong, Shadrack (16:15.99)
25. Taiget, Silas (16:32.81)
27. Dixon, Alden (16:34.18)
54. Simatei, Robinson (17:05.00)

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