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MT finishes in top-half at Commodore Classic

Middle Tennessee men finish 8th, women finish 10th

September 14, 2013 · @MTAthletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's and women's cross country teams finish eighth and 10th at the Commodore Classic this morning, respectively. The 40 NCAA Division I teams marks the largest field that MT has been a part of in 2013.

The Middle Tennessee men finished higher than notably opponents Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky.

The Blue Raiders finished with an average 8K time of 26:00:05 and were led by the performance of Shadrack Matelong.  Matelong finished a team-high seventh, running an average mile of 5:06.5 for an overall time of 25:23.21.  Eliud Rutto placed ninth with a time of 25:26.40.

Silas Taiget was the next highest Blue Raider, completing the course in 25:36.11 for 21st.  Alden Dixon finished 66th overall with a time of 26:23.24 and Robinson Simatei finished 103rd with a time of 27:11.27.

On the women's side, the Blue Raiders finished ahead of Conference USA opponent Marshall. Marshall placed 17th out of 20 NCAA Division I teams. 

Lucy Kapkiai led Middle Tennessee with a 41st place finish, posting a time of 18:18.28. Jackline Kiprono finished seven spots behind Kapkiai, placing 48th with a time of 18:30.58.

Autumn Gipson and Julia Kitevski finished 59th and 78th with time of 18:45.84 and 19:06.38, respectively.
MT will not compete again until the Greater Louisville Classic Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.

Men's Individual Results:
7. Shadrack Matelong (25:23.21)   
9. Eliud Rutto (25:26.40)
21. Silas Taiget (25:36.11)
66. Alden Dixon (26:23.24)
103. Robinson Simatei (27:11.27)

Women's Individual Results:
41. Lucy Kapkiai (18:18.28)
48. Jackline Kiprono (18:30.58)
59. Autumn Gipson (18:45.84)
78. Julia Kitevski (19:06.38)
113. Rachel Islam (20:02.00)
141. Barbara Vilson (20:34.07)*
163. Hannah Northam (21:30.54)*

*Results from the Commodore Classic display Hannah Northam 141st and Barbara Vilson 163rd, but results should be switched.

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