LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) led the Mocs to a 12th place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.
Berry, recovering from an injury sustained when he was hit by a car while running earlier this week, recorded his slowest time in the event pacing the Mocs with a 26th place finish and a time of 24:37.54.
"This is Chris' senior year and he has put a lot into his career at UTC," Mocs Head Coach Bill Gautier said. "He's not a complainer and he's not making any excuses."
Berry was followed by sophomore Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) who was 28th overall with a time of 24:38.49. Sophomores Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) and Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) finished 77th and 78th out the 240 runners. Cole finished with a time of 25:18.26 and Wanuch was right behind with a time of 25:18.46.
"Lucas PR'd. He ran awesome," Gautier said. "Mark ran probably 50 seconds faster than he ever has and Nathan just started out too fast."
The Mocs are without junior Joshue Vasquez (Kingsport, Tenn.) who is nursing an injury and may miss the remainder of the season.
Twenty nine teams competed in Saturday's event with Purdue claiming the overall victory with 113 points. Host Louisville placed second with 150 points followed by University of Albany in third with 156 points and Western Kentucky's 168 points for fourth.
Louisville's Tyler Byrne paced the field with a time of 23:47.12 with Middle Tennessee's Justus David second with a time of 23:49.04. Southern Conference runner Ryan Hopkins of Davidson placed third overall with a time of 23:56.28.
The Mocs finished ahead of Middle Tennessee (13th), Ole Miss (16th) and Alabama (19th).
"Our guys did a great job and I'm proud of them," Gautier said.
October 1, 2011