MT Cross Country sweeps second place

Blue Raiders Place Six Runners in the Top-10

October 19, 2013 · @MTAthletics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee finished a crisp-fall morning second in both the men's and women's races at the UTC Front Runner Invitational. The Blue Raiders placed six runners in the top-10, including a second, third and fourth place finish for the men's race.

The MT men narrowly missed a first-place finish Saturday afternoon, falling to host Chattanooga 48-38, yet fielded great individual results.

"We ran very well," said Head Coach Dean Hayes. "I was really proud of them, they did a really good job."

Shadrack Matelong was the top-finisher for the men's team, completing the 5K race in 15:01.63. Eliud Rutto and Silas Taiget ran closely behind Matelong for second and third with times of 15:08.37 and 15:10.94, respectively.

Alden Dixon finished 16th with a time of 15:36.28. Keith Davis, completing his first race of 2013, placed 27th with a time of 16:10.89.

The Middle Tennessee women's side also found success individually. Lucy Kapkiai was again the top-finisher, placing second with a two-mile time of 10:56.28. Jackline Kiprono ran the course in 11:11.69 for fourth place. Autumn Gipson rounded out the Blue Raiders in the top-10, placing eighth with a time of 11:33.14.

Julia Kitevski and Tressanique Hampton finished 14th and 16th, respectively. Kitevski finished with a time of 11:48.35 while Hampton crossed the line in 11:52.93. Rachel Islam placed 17th with a time of 11:54.27.

"I am really happy with our last meet before the Conference USA championship," Hayes said. "We are looking forward to that opportunity."

Middle Tennessee will have to wait two weeks before competing in the C-USA Championships in Denton, Texas Nov. 2.

Men's Individual Results:
2. Shadrack Matelong (15:01.63)
3. Eliud Rutto (15:08.37)
4. Silas Taiget (15:10.94)
16. Alden Dixon (15:36.28)
27. Keith Davis (16:10.89)

Women's Individual Results:
2. Lucy Kapkiai (10:56.28)
4. Jackline Kiprono (11:11.69)
8. Autumn Gipson (11:33.14)
14. Julia Kitevski (11:48.35)
16. Tressanique Hampton (11:52.93)
17. Rachel Islam (11:54.27)
33. Barbara Vilson (12:23.25)
56. Hannah Northam (13:42.53)

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