Middle Tennessee Cross Country Returns to Action

After Three Weeks Blue Raiders go to Louisville

October 1, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action after a three week hiatus, competing at the Greater Louisville Classic Oct. 5 in Louisville, Ky. The men will be featured in the 8K Men's Gold Seeded Race starting at 9:30 a.m. with 32 other NCAA Division I teams. The women's team will compete in the 5K Gold Seeded Race at 10:15 a.m., running against 29 other teams.

The Classic will be held at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The state park has been the feature site for numerous cross country championships, including the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships, five NAIA National Cross Country Championships and the six of the last seven NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. 

MT has had a chance to rest its top runners, while developing a more rounded team effort. Shadrack Matelong and Eliud Rutto are formidably the number one and two runners for MT in 2013, while 2012 standout runner Robinson Simatei has yet to place in the top five. 

Simatei finished the 2012 Greater Louisville Classic in an outstanding sixth place, helping Middle Tennessee finish fifth out of 46 men's teams. His 2012 8K time of 25:07.51 was a personal best and team-best time.

Silas Taiget finished an MT second best in last year's Classic, placing 44th with a time of 25:47.79. Taiget was the only runner last week that improved on his 8K time from the 2012 Classic.

The women will once again take on a very competitive field of runners at this year's Classic but will have top runner Lucy Kapkiai back in the fold after missing 2012. After not participating in the first meet of the year, Kapkiai has led MT in the past two events.

Jackline Kiprono is continuing to improve on her stellar freshman campaign, shaving 48.32 seconds off her 2013 5K time at the Commodore Classic. In addition, every women runner that participated in the 2012 Commodore Classic improved their times in the 2013 race.

The 2012 Greater Louisville Classic featured 43 women's teams and the Blue Raiders finished 23rd. Julia Kitevski finished a team-best 36th with a time of 18:40.97.

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