Herd Races to an Impressive Finish at Vandy|
Sept. 15, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The men of the Marshall University cross country team ran to a ninth place finish in a field of 24 talented teams at Vanderbilt’s Commodore Classic in Nashville on Saturday, while the women placed 15th out of 24.
The Thundering Herd men’s team was once again paced by senior David Caldwell, who finished 30th in the 197-person field with an 8K time of 25:33.10. Peter Starnes and Ryan Bowser were the next two runners to cross the line for Marshall, ending the race in 65th and 70th place, respectively, as they helped propel the Herd to a top-10 finish. Caleb Bowen (79), Jack Whitney (96), Brian Salmons (124), Jordan Brown-Stobbe (127), Bishop Beckett (155), and Adam Frohnapfel (161) rounded out the placements for Marshall, who improved upon last season’s 11th place finish at the event.
On the women’s side, sophomore Celia Leonard continued her fine run of form as she led the ladies for the second meet in a row. The Mount Vernon, Ohio, native finished the 6K race in 53rd place out of 216 runners with a time of 22:46.12 and was trailed most closely by Herd teammate Leslie Thomas, who was running in her first meet of the 2012 season. The junior from Montgomery, W.Va., paced the women’s team for most of 2011, but is recovering from an injury that kept her out of the squad’s first race at Akron two weeks ago. Thomas finished the race in 89th place with a time of 23:29.11, while teammate Kelley Mortakis was just four places back in 94th after clocking a time of 23:32.16. Alexandria Phares (131), Lauren Bartoldson (145), Julia Galloway (159), Zoe Leonard (163), Sammantha Stroker (169), Molly Miloscia (171), Micheale Morgan (175), and Whitney Lewis (205) then finished things up for the Herd.
“I thought both teams ran well today,” said head coach Jeff Small. “Celia Leonard and David Caldwell both had another great race, and it was nice to see Leslie Thomas return to action. I also think Jack Whitney had his best race as a Marshall athlete, today, and I was happy to see us hold our own in a field that included eight SEC teams. The competition we faced here should help us when we race in the C-USA Championships next month.”
Host-school Vanderbilt won the event on the women’s side, while Eastern Kentucky claimed overall victory on the men’s half. SEC schools LSU, Alabama, and Vanderbilt all finished behind the Marshall men in the team standings. The Herd’s next race is scheduled for Friday, September 28, at the UNC Charlotte Invitational.