Lady Mocs Third at TTU Cross Country Invitational
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's cross country team finished third Friday night at the Tennessee Tech Invitational.

Senior Tara Gietema (Knoxville, Tenn.) led four Lady Mocs in the Top 11 with a fourth place finish overall. She ran the 5-kilometer course in a time of 19:56.14. Sophomore (Johnson City, Tenn.) was the second UTC runner across the finish line placing sixth overall with a time of 20:14.35. Fifth-year senior Sarah White-Woerner (Chattanooga, Tenn.) was eighth with a time of 20:32.49 while freshman Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.) placed 11th for Chattanooga.

"I'm proud of these girls," UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. "There is a lot of pressure on this team. They have a lot of good runners from the past to live up to. They are young and very inexperienced.

"As a veteran coach this is not what you hope for, but sometimes things just don't go as planned."

Of the five runners Friday evening, Gietema is the only one with experience to speak of. The graduate student is running her fourth year while Buchanan finished just her fourth collegiate race.

"Morgan ran one race last year before getting hurt and having to sit out," Gautier said. "And today is just the third race for Sarah and Keeley."

The Lady Mocs were edged by host Tennessee Tech by just one point, 49-50. Jacksonville State swept the top three spots and won the race with 27 points.

Chattanooga will return to action Saturday at its own Front Runner Invitational at the Moccasin Bend Race Course. The race is set for a 3 p.m. start with the women running a two-mile course and the men to follow with a 5K.

Team Results:
Place Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7
1 Jacksonville State 27 1 2 3 9 12 17 22
2 Tennessee Tech 49 5 7 10 13 14 15 18
3 UT-Chattanooga 50 4 6 8 11 21
4 Alabama A & M 113 16 19 24 26 28 29
5 Tennessee State 125 20 23 25 27 30 31

Individual
4. Tara Gietema 19:56.14
6. Morgan Buchanan 20:14.35
8. Sarah White-Woerner 20:32.49
11. Keeley Stewart 20:42.17
21. Jenna Nick 22:35.55

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