Cross Country - Fri, Sep. 2, 2011
It was out of the gates quickly and with the results both
men's and women's cross country coaches Todd McDaniel and Betsy Laski knew were
Both teams won the Asbury University Invitational Thursday
in an amazing start to the season. Laski's women scored a perfect 18 points on
the hilly course in the heat of the afternoon race, while McDaniel's men were
not far off that mark with 22 points.
"This was a great way to start off the season," McDaniel
said. "Tyler Doolittle and Sam Heaton pushed each other the whole race up and
down the hills with Lincoln Memorial's Derrick Lindsay.
"Both of my guys got behind Lindsay at one point, but when
Tyler hit the top of the last hill, he just took off, winning his first-ever
collegiate cross country race. He had a great final push and ran a great race."
Doolittle, a junior, crossed the line in 17:29, while Heaton,
a freshman, was also able to pass Lindsay and take second in 17:42.
Elisha Overpeck picked up where she left off her freshman
season, winning this race for the second straight year in a time of 19:54.
"I was very impressed with all my runners," Laski said. "This
is a very tough course and it was in the 90s Thursday when they ran. I had five
of my scoring runners finish in the top 10."
Right behind Overpeck, was freshman Mary Jefferson in a time
of 21:42. Coming in fourth was another freshman, Rachel Ditto, 22:14; junior
Finnja Ramcke was fifth in 22:28; and another freshman, Marissa Hale, finished
sixth in 22:32. Rounding out the women's team was sophomores Mary Kate Dowdy,
24:03, in 13th and Jordan Emmert, 27:37, in 39th.
The women's closest competition was Asbury, which scored a
McDaniel's men finished with six runners in the top 10.
Along with Doolittle and Heaton were sophomore Brandon Pulliam, 18:08, in fifth,
freshman Brad Cundiff, 18:28, in eighth, and freshman Chris Bartlett, 18:32, in
ninth, and sophomore Pate Anderson, 18:37, in 10th. He had just one of his top
seven runners finish outside the top 10 and that was senior Cody Polzin, 18:51,