Bearcats finish 6th and 14th at Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic
Colin Cotton

Sept. 15, 2012

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NASHVILLE - Against a field loaded with nationally and regionally ranked teams, the University of Cincinnati men's and women's cross country teams turned in solid performances Saturday at Vanderbilt University's Commodore Classic. The meet was run at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

The Bearcats men's team was sixth in the team standings, beating out regionally ranked teams like the University of Alabama (#10 South), Belmont University (#8 South), University of Tennessee-Chattanooga ((#12 South), Middle Tennessee State University (#5 South) and Western Kentucky University (#10 Southeast). The women's team finished 14th against an equally stout field.

Colin Cotton was UC's No. 1 runner for the second-straight meet, running the 8k course in 25:04.57 to finish 13th overall. Chase Beckmann ran No. 2 and finished 31st in 25:33.99. Jeff Griffiths and Eric Hauser finished 40th and 41st, respectively, in 25:49.28 and 25:50.40. Ian Silver was 72nd in 26:19.60, Jacob Franklin was 93rd in 26:41.66 and Brett Frondorf rounded out the scoring runners by finishing 120th in 27:06.95. Andrew LeTourneau was 134th in 27:26.56 and Rob Flannigan was 136th in 27:28.40.

"I thought we ran great, the guys competed well," said head coach Bill Schnier. "Of the nine we ran, seven set personal bests at 8k.We had to be happy about that.

"Jeff Griffiths really stood out. He ran with the leaders early and that's a major breakthrough in his approach. Ian Silver ran very well as our fifth man. And for the second time in a row, Colin Cotton was our top man. It was an all-around good race and we'll be even better when Evan Baum (off campus this semester for co-op) will meet us at the All-Ohio meet in two weeks."

Emily Clay was the top runner for the women's team, finishing 32nd and covering the 6k course in 22:23.65. Kaitlyn Meyer was the No. 2 runner, finishing 78th in 23:19.40. Anne Pace crossed four runners later in 82nd at 23:25.50,Ashley Earman was 92nd in 23:31.56 and Alex Mahle rounded out the top five by finishing 123rd in 24:14.87. Stephanie Mee and Lauren Goodwin completed the scoring seven, finishing 148th and 158th respectively, in 24:54.88 and 25:11.70. Other runners were Stephanie Rosse, 172nd in 25:56.56; Melissa Dietzer, 174th in 26:02.37; and Amber McAlpine, 183rd in 26:22.28. The Bearcats were still without last season's No. 1 runner, Alison Zukowski, who has missed all three meets this season with an injury.

"We ran pretty well, despite missing Alison," said Schnier. "Emily Clay ran with the leaders as long as she could. We ran in groups of two, which served us well. That was especially true for Kaitlyn Meyer, who was exceptional in her running today."

The Bearcats will next be in competition on September 29 when they compete in the All-Ohio championships in Cedarville.