Weekend Races Feature Chattanooga Runners


The weekend was a busy one for current and former Running Mocs.

The runners were the same but the order was different as three University of Tennessee at Chattanooga runners swept the top three spots on the men’s side of the Missionary Ridge Road Race Saturday morning.

Senior Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) left his competitors behind after a couple of miles to win the 4.7 race along historic Missionary Ridge with a time of 24:43. Behind Cotter were teammates Paul Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.) with a time of 25:40 and John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.) at 25:58.

The trio finished 1-2-3 at the 8K Chattanooga Chase earlier this year with Stuart edging out Gilpin at the finish for first and Cotter taking third behind the pair.

Former UTC assistant track coach Patrick Hall finished fourth with a time of 26:07 after challenging Gilpin for fourth over the latter portion of the event and was the winner of his 25-29 age group. Also in the top 10 were former Mocs Tm Ensign (6th - 27:39) who was the Masters champion and Andy Highlander (10th – 28:13). Highlander was fourth in the men’s 25-29 age group.

The overall female winner was former UTC runner Sarah White-Woerner (Chattanooga, Tenn.) who covered the course in a time of 29:52 and placed 13th overall out of 246 runners.


Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga runner Lanni Marchant (London, Ontario), competing in the Marathon at the 14th IAAF World Championships, placed 44th overall with a time of 3:01:54.

Marchant, a 2007 graduate of UTC, was selected the Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year that same year after outstanding work on the track and in the classroom.

She qualified for the World Championships with a time of 2:29:55 at Rotterdam and just missed out qualifying for the Olympics for her home country.

While at UTC, Marchant was a highly decorated athlete despite running alongside All-American Shannon Wommack and NCAA qualifier Kathleen Turchin. Marchant was the 2007 Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year and recipient of the Scrappy Moore Award in 2006. She was an eight-time SoCon Champion and won both the 5K and 10K at the 2007 league Outdoor Championships.

Marchant qualified for the NCAA Championship three times over her career in cross country and outdoor track and field  and was twice named to the NCAA South Region team for her performance.

As well as the athletic accomplishments, Marchant excelled in the academic arena. She was a three time USTFCCCA Academic All-American, a two-time NCAA All-American and received the Dayle May Academic Achievement Award at UTC as the senior with the highest GPA.

Marchant will remain in Moscow to enjoy the rest of the Track and Field World Championships.

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