Men's Cross Country Tops Field At Commodore Classic|
Sept. 17, 2011
NASHVILLE – The University of Cincinnati men’s cross country team claimed first-place team and individual honors at the Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University. UC also claimed fifth place in the women’s race.
Eric Finan finished the men’s 8,000-meter race in 24:25.9, besting second-place runner, Carrison Kemei of Alabama, by 10 seconds. UC’s Oliver Book was fifth (25:12.1), Kevin Fink finished 19th (25:55.0), Evan Baum was 24th (26:14.4) and Ross Tyler was 27th (26:21.2) to round out the scoring runners for the Bearcats.
Two others – Chase Beckmann (37th in 26:29.1) and Matt Collmar (47th in 26:46.5) – placed in the top 50. Non-scoring runners for UC included Matt Collmar (26:46.5), Eric Hauser (26:59.5), Ethan Bokeno (27:10.5), Jeffrey Griffiths (27:16.6), Matthew Moscato (27:31.8), Ricky Lupp (27:32.5), Greg Sanders (27:33.1), Nick Minich (27:33.6), Rob Flannigan (27:45.8) and Daniel Scurry (28:09.0).
In the team results, UC totaled 75 points to outdistance second-place Alabama by 10 points. Chattanooga finished third with 100 points, Belmont was fourth with 131 and Middle Tennessee was fifth with 143. There were 22 teams in the competition.
In the women’s 5,000-meter race, Alison Zukowski was UC’s top finisher, coming in fifth at 18:12.3. Emily Clay was 22nd (18:44.5), Kaitlyn Meyer 34th (19:09.7, Cortney Staruch 36th (19:10.9) Jill Glassmeyer 45th (19:37.2), Lauren Goodwin 49th (19:42.6) and Bridget Connelly 50th (19:43.0). Non-scoring runners were Ashley Earman (20:09.2), Sara Knollman (20:48.5), Carly Bauer (21:29.5) and Amber McAlpine (21:53.7).
Alabama narrowly edged Lipscomb for the team title, 45-51. Belmont was third with 80 points, followed by Vanderbilt with 105 and UC with 141. There were 23 teams in the women’s race.
The Bearcats will next compete on Friday, September 30, in the All-Ohio Championships, which will be held in Cedarville.