Alone at the finish...
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Henderson Named SoCon Runner of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- On a crisp, sunny fall morning, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario) crossed the finish line alone to claim the 2013 Southern Conference women’s cross country title Saturday at Veteran’s Park and was named the league’s Runner of the Year.

“When you’re a great athlete, great things happen and she’s great athlete,” UTC head coach Bill Gautier said. “She’s won every race she’s been in this year. She was prepared. She was prepared physically, mentally and very confident in herself.”

Henderson ran with the front group throughout the race, but it was as the runners exited the wooded portion of the course that Gautier pushed his champion to pull away.

“She had pulled away a little bit and it was downhill. I thought this was the time for her to go ahead and make her move,” Gautier said. “I told her to run as hard as she could, to break away from the others. She knew it was her day.”

Henderson led the Lady Mocs to a fifth place finish with a time of 17:05.84, nearly 27 seconds ahead of Furman’s Allie Buchalski (17:32.43) and Grace Tinkey (17:33.76).

Junior Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.) was the second Chattanooga runner across the line placing 20th with a time of 18:43.46.

“Keeley ran as well as she could have today,” Gautier said. “She is the backbone of the team. Last year she was struggling to finish and this year she leading the rest of the group.”

Junior Amanda Cotter (Bristol, Conn.) only finished one race in the regular season that she started after suffering injuries. She placed 26th with a time of 18:50.87 and sophomore Rebecca Greenwall, a transfer running her first SoCon championship with Chattanooga, finished 40th with a time of 19:15.55. Freshman Jessica York was Chattanooga’s final scoring runner across the line placing 55th at 19:53.33.

“I think the future holds well for us. We don’t graduate anyone and our two best freshmen didn’t run today.”

Furman was the overall winner in the women’s race with 48 points followed by Elon two points behind. UNCG was third with 62 points, Appalachian State placed fourth with 99 points and the Lady Mocs were fifth with 136 points.

“This is the toughest the conference has been in a long time and we’re happy to have been a factor,” Gautier said. “We try to be in the hunt, but Furman is too good and Elon is senior dominated. Elon and App State are leaving the conference so they were running with a lot of emotion today.”

In the men’s race, seniors Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) and Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) led the Mocs to a third place finish and were named to the league’s all-conference team.

“Mark and Lucas have been the quintessential teammates, the quintessential team leaders,” Gautier said. “Both of these guys have been injured for most of two year and they refused to back off. I’m so proud of them. They weren’t heralded in high school, but they came here and took a chance.”

Last year at the championships, Appalachian State claimed the men’s title with Chattanooga getting runner up. This season, the Mocs edged UNCG for the third spot by the narrowest of margins.

“We thought we’d be second or third, but we didn’t think it would be App State beating us again,” Gautier said. “It’s been a great rivalry the last 22 years that I’ve been here and we wanted to give them a going away present for their last time here.”

Cotter was named to the all-conference first team with a fifth place finish with a time of 25:04.72. Cole was named to the second team placing 11th overall with a time of 25:37.09. Sophomores Paul Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario) fought it out at the finish line with Stuart edging out Janssen 0.55 seconds. Stuart ran the 8K in a time of 25:42.44 placing 17th and Janssen was 18th with a time of 25:42.99. Senior John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.) was the fifth Moc across the line in 22nd with a time of 25:53.42.

“We got third place by just one point over UNCG,” Gautier said. “They went 1-2 and we overcame that. Everybody had to beat somebody for us to get third. Trevor and Paul dug in deep and hopefully they have learned for the future. John Gilpin has done a great job. He surprised me last year and then this year he surprised me more. I couldn’t be any happier.”

Furman took first with 48 points followed by Appalachian State with 63 points. Chattanooga was third with 73 points, edging UNCG, who had the top two finishers, by just one point. Davidson, also running in their final Southern Conference meet, finished fifth with 124 points.

Next up for UTC will be the NCAA South Region on Friday, November 15. The women will run a 6K and the men will leg out a 10-kilometer race in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Men's Team Scores
1.  Furman 48
2.  Appalachian State 63
3.  Chattanooga 73
4.  UNCG 74
5.  Davidson 124
6.  Samford 148
7.  Elon 167
8.  Western Carolina 221
9.  The Citadel 269
10.  Wofford 282

 

Women's Team Scores
1.  Furman 48
2.  Elon 50
3.  UNCG 62
4.  Appalachian State 99
5.  Chattanooga 136
6.  Davidson 177
7.  Samford 195
8.  Wofford 238
9.  Western Carolina 240
10.  The Citadel 276
11.  Georgia Southern 305

All-SoCon First Team – Men
1. Paul Chelimo – UNCG
2. Paul Katam – UNCG
3. Luis Vargas – Elon
4. Tripp Hurt – Furman
5. Lucas Cotter – Chattanooga
6. Kyle McFoy – Appalachian State
7. Troy Reeder – Furman 

 

All-SoCon First Team – Women
1. Teghan Henderson – Chattanooga
2. Allie Buchalski – Furman
3. Grace Tinkey – Furman
4. Shaina Sumney – UNCG
5. Allyson Oram – Elon
6. Lydia Sana – UNCG
7. Chlesea Sumney – UNCG 

 

All-SoCon Second Team – Men
8. Dylan Belles – UNCG
9. Tanner Hinkle – Furman
10. Josh Cox – Appalachian State
11. Mark Cole – Chattanooga
12. Brock Baker – Furman
13. James Howard-Smith – Appalachian State
14. Will Raby – Appalachian State

 

All-SoCon Second Team – Women
8. Sinead Haughey – Furman
9. Elyse Bierut – Elon
10. Justine Stocks – Appalachian State
11. Tereza Novotna – Elon
12. Haylee Dawe – Elon
13. Kimberly Johansen – Elon
14. Erin Osment – Davidson

 

All-SoCon Freshman Team – Men
7. Troy Reeder, Furman
9. Tanner Hinkle – Furman
12. Brock Baker – Furman
20. Michael Ellis – Appalachian State
23. Nate Riech – Furman
34. Connor Sorrels – Furman
39. Clay Howarth – Western Carolina 

 

All-SoCon Freshman Team – Women
2. Allie Buchalski – Furman
3. Grace Tinkey – Furman
13. Kimberly Johansen – Elon
16. Julia Rodriguez – Furman
19. Laura Miller – Furman
24. Eira Jensen – UNCG
29. Jenny Fritz – Davidson

 

Coach of the Year – Men
Robert Gary – Furman

 

Coach of the Year – Women
Robert Gary – Furman

 

Runner of the Year – Men
Paul Chelimo – UNCG

 

Runner of the Year – Women
Teghan Henderson – Chattanooga

 

 Freshman of the Year – Men
Troy Reeder – Furman

 

Freshman of the Year – Women
Allie Buchalski – Furman

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