Wanuch Fourth; Five Qualify for Finals at SoCon

STATESBORO, Ga. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) just missed a spot on the all-conference team placing fourth in the men’s 3000 meter Steeplechase Saturday on Day One of the Southern Conference Championships. Five more qualified for the Sunday finals in various events.

Wanuch scored five points for the Mocs with a time of 9:11.18 in the Steeplechase, besting his personal record by more than 10 seconds. Appalachian State swept the top two spots in the event followed by Furman’s Wilkerson Given who beat out Wanuch for third by 1.59 seconds.

Freshman Lauren Hoard (Nashville, Tenn.) placed third in the first heat and eighth overall to earn a spot in the women’s 100 meter Dash finals on Sunday. She posted a personal best time of 12.41 in the event. Fellow freshman Iman Isang (Chattanooga, Tenn.) placed eighth in the men’s 110 meter Hurdles for a spot in Sunday’s finals with a time of 15.67, just 0.05 seconds off his personal best set earlier this season at the Catamount Classic.

Freshman Geoff Nelson (Brentwood, Tenn.) ran a PR time of 49.05 in the men’s 400 meter Dash, placing fourth overall and finding his way into the finals. Freshman Marquis Carter (Memphis, Tenn.) ran a PR time of 1:53.76, just more than three seconds off the school record pace set in 2001 by Ryan Kendall. He placed second in the top heat and eighth in the qualifying times for the finals.

Senior Blake Oslon (Pleasantview, Tenn.) just missed his season best time by one-hundredth of a second finishing third in his heat and fifth overall with a time of 54.76 and will run in Sunday’s finals.

Sophomore Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.) finished 12th in the women’s 10,000 meter run with a time of 37:53.86 and senior Morgan Buchanan (Johnson City, Tenn.) finished in a time of 43:00.59. Freshman Zack Darby (Knoxville, Tenn.) ran the men’s 10,000m finishing in a time of 34:27.28.

Sophomore Amanda Sumner (Bristol, Conn.) just missed qualifying for the Lady Mocs placing ninth in the 800m run with a time of 2:13.85. Rebecca Greenwall (Bogart, Ga.) ran the race in a time of 2:18.96 followed by freshman Kianna Howard (Nashville, Tenn.) with a time of 2:19.91. In the men’s 800m prelims, freshmen DeQuantez Sandifer (Nashville, Tenn.) ran the race in a time of 2:00.28 and Matthew Marshall (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) recorded a time of 2:01.20. Junior Gabby Cader (Cleveland, Tenn.) ran the women’s 400m Dash in a season-high time of 59.50 but missed qualifying for the finals.

Other events on Sunday will include the men’s and women’s 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays, the 1500 meter runs as well as the 5000 meter run.


Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
4. Nathan Wanuch                                            9:11.18

-. Patrick O’Brien                                                     DNF

Women’s 10,000m Run
12. Keeley Stewart                                         37:53.86

17. Morgan Buchanan                                   43:00.59

Men’s 10,000m Run
19. Zack Darby                                                  34:27.28

Women’s 100m Dash - Prelims
8. Lauren Hoard                                                  12.41 q        PR

Men’s 110m Hurdles - Prelims
8. Iman Isang                                                       15.67 q

Women’s 400m Dash - Prelims
15. Gabby Cader                                                    59.50

Men’s 400m Dash - Prelims
4. Geoff Nelson                                                  49.05 q

Men’s 400m Hurdles – Prelims
5. Blake Olson                                                     54.76 Q

Women’s 800m Run – Prelims
9. Amanda Sumner                                           2:13.85

18. Rebecca Greenwall                                    2:18.96
19. Kianna Howard                                            2:19.91

Men’s 800m Run – Prelims
8. Marquis Carter                                          1:53.76 Q        PR

17. DeQuantez Sandifer                                  2:00.28
19. Matthew Marshall                                     2:01.20
-. Oluwatosin Ayotunde                                       DNF

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