Wanuch First in Steeplechase in Season-Opener
TAMPA, Fla. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga distance runner Nathan Wanuch (Mississiauga, Ontario) led three Mocs in the top four of the men's 3000 meter steeplechase and freshman Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario) placed second in the women's race in the season opener at the USF Bulls Invitational Friday.

Wanuch posted a PR in the event with a time of 9:21.03, more than three seconds ahead of his previous top time.

"I'm proud of Nathan," UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. "He started out strong and has picked up where he left off last year."

Henderson, running in her first-ever steeplechase, placed second in the women's race with instructions called out from the sidelines. She finished with a time of 11:14.90. Freshmen Taylor Hawk (Dandridge, Tenn.) placed third in the race with a time of 10:34.12 while classmate Zack Darby was fourth with a time of 10:48.24.

"Teghan will be a factor sooner rather than later," Gautier said. "For the guys, they did well despite the fact that it was their first time running the steeple."

Sophomore Amanda Sumner (Bristol, Conn.) placed fourth overall with a time of 2:18.05 after leading through the first 500 meters. Sophomore Jessica Philpott (Manchester, Tenn.) won her heat in the 1500 meter with a time of 5:09.04.

Freshman Geoff Nelson (Brentwood, Tenn.) ran the 400 meter dash in a time of 51.42 and senior Blake Olson (Pleasant View, Tenn.) was 12th overall in the 400 meter Hurdles with a time of 57.22. Freshman Austin Ethridge finished third in his heat in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:02.01. Freshman Matthew Marshall (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) ran he 3000 meter in a time of 8:58.93, placing eighth overall.

"All-in-all it was a good race," Gautier said. "We enjoyed the brief break and it was a good way to kick off the season. We're looking forward to Western Carolina next weekend."

400m Dash
18. Geoff Nelson 51.42

400m Hurdles
12. Blake Olson 57.22 (4th in 2nd heat)

800m Run
13. Austin Ethridge 2:02.01 (3rd in 3rd heat)

800m Run
4. Amanda Sumner 2:18.05 (4th in 1st heat)

1500m Run
24. Jessica Philpott 5:09.04

3000m Run
8. Matthew Marshall 8:58.93

3000m Steeplechase
2. Teghan Henderson 11:14.90
-- Rebecca Greenwall DNF

3000m Steeplechase
1. Nathan Wanuch 9:21.03
3. Taylor Hawk 10:34.12
4. Zack Darby 10:48.24
March 15, 2013

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