Kirwa Claims Third Straight SoCon Title; Men 3rd, Women 4th
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

BOONE, N.C. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Emmanuel Kirwa (Kapsabet, Kenya) claimed his third straight Southern Conference cross country title since his arrival to lead the Mocs to a third place finish at the 2010 SoCon Cross Country Championships in Boone, N.C. The Lady Mocs, led by senior Anneli Uys (Somerville, Australia) finished fourth overall.

Kirwa ran the 8-kilometer course in a time of 24:29.40, nearly 10 seconds ahead of UNC Greensboro's Joey Thompson. Junior Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) placed fourth overall for the Mocs to earn his third All-Conference selection with a time of 24:41.15, just two seconds out of the runner-up spot.

Freshman Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year and an All-Conference second team selection with a 14th place finish in a time of 25:19.01. Cotter was injured earlier this season as a large number of runners lost their footing at the Greater Louisville Classic. Cotter received stitches and did not run another step for two weeks.

Appalachian State captured their sixth straight SoCon title with 55 points followed by UNC Greensboro with 66 points. Chattanooga was third with 74 points followed by Davidson (100), Furman (118) and Elon (153).

On the women's side, Uys, running in her final championship, led the Lady Mocs to a fourth place finish placing seventh overall with a time of 18:12.28 in the 5K race. Junior Tara Gietema (Knoxville, Tenn.) was the second UTC finisher in 19th with a time of 18:52.33 and senior Shelley Taylor was the Lady Mocs' third scoring runner with a time of 19:04.77 finishing 25th.

 Samford won the title with 71 points followed by Appalachian State in with 74 points and UNC Greensboro with 87. Chattanooga had 123 points followed by Elon (135) and Furman (144).

The Mocs will return to the course

Team Scores - Men

1.      Appalachian State            55

2.      UNCG                              66

3.      Chattanooga                    74

4.      Davidson                         100

5.      Furman                            118

6.      Elon                                153

7.      Western Carolina              180

8.      College of Charleston       197

9.      Samford                          236

10.     The Citadel                       278

11.     Wofford                           292

 

Team Scores - Women

1.  Samford                              71

2.  Appalachian State                74

3.  UNCG                                  87

4.  Chattanooga                        123

5.  Elon                                     135

6.  Furman                                144

7.  College of Charleston           149

8.  Davidson                             161

9.  Western Carolina                  202

10. Wofford                              274

11. The Citadel                          319

12. Georgia Southern                 357

 

All-SoCon First Team - Men

1.  Emmanuel Kirwa - Senior - Chattanooga

2.  Joey Thompson - Junior - UNCG

3.  Ryan Hopkins - Junior - Davidson

4.  Chris Berry - Junior - Chattanooga

5.  Mike Koech - Junior - UNCG

6.  Charles McGoogan - Senior - Furman

7.  Josey Weaver - Junior - Western Carolina

 

All-SoCon First Team - Women

1.  Ashley Schnell - Junior - UNCG

2.  Lauren D'Alessio - Sophomore - Samford

3.  Hillary Neal - Senior - Samford

4.  Shaina Sumney - Sophomore - UNCG

5.  Dena O'Brien - Freshman - College of Charleston  

6.  Amy Neilson - Senior - Appalachian State

7.  Anneli Uys - Senior - Chattanooga

 

All-SoCon Second Team - Men

8.  Will Raby - Sophomore - Appalachian State

9.  Brandon Hudgins - Senior - Appalachian State

10.  Demetrios Pagonis - Sophomore - Davidson

11.  Alex Taylor - Sophomore - Appalachian State

12.  Sean Soderman - Junior - Appalachian State

13.  AJ Savoia - Senior - UNCG

14.  Lucas Cotter - Freshman - Chattanooga

 

All-SoCon Second Team - Women

8.  Brittney Caudle - Sophomore - Appalachian State

9.  Ina Ables - Senior - Samford

10.  Morgan Turner - Sophomore - Western Carolina

11.  Kristen Wolfe - Junior - College of Charleston

12.  Brooke Mosteller - Junior - Furman

13.  Heather Conarroe - Senior - Davidson

14.  Dani Reese - Senior - Appalachian State

 

All-SoCon Freshman Team - Men

14.  Lucas Cotter - Chattanooga

21.  Nick Schneider - Elon

28.  Andrew Nelson - College of Charleston

34.  Layton Dorsett - Samford

35.  Grayam Sailor-Tynes - Davidson

37.  Ben Perron - Elon

39.  Kenny Hinman - UNCG

 

All-SoCon Freshman Team - Women

5.  Dena O'Brien - College of Charleston  

22.  Allyson Oram - Elon  

26.  Destine Kirkman - Appalachian State

27.  Jackie Madden - Elon  

30.  Danielle McKee - The Citadel

40.  Catherine Burton - Furman

42.  Claire Grogan - Samford  

 

Coach of the Year - Men

Mike Curcio - Appalachian State

 

Coach of the Year - Women

Rod Tiffin - Samford

 

Runner of the Year - Men

Emmanuel Kirwa - Chattanooga

 

Runner of the Year - Women

Ashley Schnell - UNCG

 

Freshman of the Year - Men

Lucas Cotter - Chattanooga

 

Freshman of the Year - Women

Dena O'Brien - College of Charleston

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