Men's Cross Country Fifth; Three All-Conference
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

MOCS FIFTH; THREE ALL-CONFERENCE AT 2011 SOCON CHAMPIONSHIPS

CHARLESTON, S.C. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's cross country team placed fifth Saturday morning at the Southern Conference championships while the women finished 11th overall. Senior Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) placed fifth and was one of three Chattanooga runners on the all-conference squad.

"I'm really proud of our guys today," UTC Head Coach Bill Guatier said. "We got three guys on the all-conference team and didn't win. That hasn't happened in a long time, but they ran a great race."

Berry, running in his final cross country meet, placed fifth overall with a time of 24:04.80 for his fourth all-conference performance. Berry was fourth his freshman season and was named the league's Freshman of the Year and followed that up with his best finish at 3rd in his sophomore year and was fourth last season.

"What can you say about Chris," Gautier said. "What a career he's had. He hurt his leg before school started and was out a week, then he was hit by a car while training this year and sat out another week. He's tough and has done a great job for us."

Berry was followed immediately by sophomore Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) with a time of 24:20.56. Cotter was named the league's Freshman of the Year last season with a 14th place finish and followed that up this year placing sixth.

"I'm very proud of Lucas," Gautier said. "He redshirted his first year and did a lot of growing up last year."

Sophomore Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) placed 14th overall with a time of 24:57.93 and earned all-conference second team honors.

"Mark didn't even run last year and this year he's all-conference"

Sophomore Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) placed 27th for Chattanooga with a time of 25:25.13 and track runner Drew Austell (Eads, Tenn.) was 51st with a time of 26:18.36. The Mocs were without junior Joshue Vasquez (Johnson City, Tenn.) who suffered a season-ending injury earlier this season.

"If we'd had Josh this year, we would have finished much higher, possibly even second," Gautier said. "But I'm very proud of who we have on the course right now. We'll regroup and get ready for the region."

The women finished well below their average, placing 11th overall led by senior Tara Gietema (Knoxville, Tenn.) who was 23rd with a time of 18:01.00 followed by freshman Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.) with a time of 19:07.10.

Sophomore Morgan Buchanan ( was the Lady Mocs' third runner across the line in a time of 19:23.80. Senior Sarah White-Woerner (Chattanooga, Tenn.) ran the 5-kilometer race in a time of 19:40.40 and freshman Gabby Cader (Cleveland, Tenn.), a sprinter on the track team, was the last scoring runner across the line for UTC in a time of 20:17.10.

UNCG swept the men's and women's titles. The men posted a team score of 26 points led by SoCon Runner of the Year Paul Chelimo who led the race from start to finish. The Spartans placed four runners on the all-conference first team and one on second team.

Davidson placed second with 73 points and had one runner on the men's first team. Furman was third in the final standings followed by defending champion Appalachian State who failed to win the title for the first time in six years.

Elon's Luis Vargas was named the league's Freshman of the Year after finishing 10th overall and earning all-conference second team honors. The Phoenix tied Western Carolina for sixth.

UNCG also claimed the women's title with 35 points and placed four on the all-conference first team. Spartan Ashley Schnell defended her title and set a Trophy Lakes course record by more than 20 seconds.

Samford's Lauren D'Alessio was the second finisher and her team's sole representative on the all-conference slate. The Bulldogs were the preseason favorite to win after claiming the title in each of the last two years, but ended up seventh overall.

Furman finished second with 80 points in the team standings led by Erin Baker in fourth.  She was the Paladins' lone first teamer with two more earning spots on the second team. Elon was third with 111 points followed by Appalachian State in fourth with 117 while College of Charleston rounded out the top five with 141 points edging Western Carolina by two points.

Davidson's Sarah Paddon was named the SoCon women's Freshman of the Year with a 12th place finish and earned a spot on the SoCon All-Conference Second Team.

UNCG's Linh Nguyen was named Coach of the Year for both the men and women.

Next up for Chattanooga will be the NCAA South Region meet on November 12 hosted by the University of Alabama at Harry Pritchett Running Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Team Scores - Men

 

1

UNCG

26

2

Davidson

73

3

Furman

82

4

Appalachian State

91

5

Chattanooga

103

T6

Western Carolina

166

T6

Elon

166

8

College of Charleston

205

9

The Citadel

260

10

Wofford

279

11

Samford

288

     

Team Scores - Women

 

1

UNCG

35

2

Furman

80

3

Elon

111

4

Appalachian State

117

5

College of Charleston

141

6

Western Carolina

143

7

Samford

145

8

Davidson

178

9

Wofford

242

10

Georgia Southern

244

11

Chattanooga

295

12

The Citadel

329

     

All-SoCon First Team - Men

1

Paul Chelimo

UNCG

2

Ryan Hopkins

Davidson

3

Joey Thompson

UNCG

4

Paul Katam

UNCG

5

Chris Berry

Chattanooga

6

Lucas Cotter

Chattanooga

7

Abraham Kemboi

UNCG

     

All-SoCon First Team - Women

1

Ashley Schnell

UNCG

2

Lauren D'Alessio

Samford

3

Dena O'Brien

College of Charleston

4

Erin Barker

Furman

5

Chelsea Sumney

UNCG

6

Kerry Harman

UNCG

7

Shaina Sumney

UNCG

     

All-SoCon Second Team - Men

8

Alex Taylor

Appalachian State

9

Will Raby

Appalachian State

10

Luis Vargas

Elon

11

Mike Koech

UNCG

12

Tripp Hurt

Furman

13

Chris Caldwell

Furman

14

Mark Cole

Chattanooga

     

All-SoCon Second Team - Women

8

Brooke Mosteller

Furman

9

Allyson Oram

Elon

10

Mara Smith

Western Carolina

11

Amanda Hamilton

Appalachian State

12

Sarah Paddon

Davidson

13

Hannah Orders

Appalachian State

T14

Morgan Denecke

Elon

T14

Sinead Haughey

Furman

     

All-SoCon Freshman Team - Men

4

Paul Katam

UNCG

10

Luis Vargas

Elon

12

Tripp Hurt

Furman

25

Sean Magee

Elon

31

Travis Alfaro

Western Carolina

37

Whitner Chase

Davidson

40

Henry Falotico

Davidson

     

All-SoCon Freshman Team - Women

12

Sarah Paddon

Davidson

T14

Sinead Haughey

Furman

21

Haylee Dawe

Elon

22

Rebecca Greenwall

Georgia Southern

24

Hayley McMahon

College of Charleston

27

Erin Osment

Davidson

29

Alissa Williams

Wofford

     

Coach of the Year - Men

 

Linh Nguyen

UNCG

     

Coach of the Year - Women

 

Linh Nguyen

UNCG

     

Runner of the Year - Men

 

Paul Chelimo

UNCG

     

Runner of the Year - Women

 

Ashley Schnell

UNCG

     

Freshman of the Year - Men

 

Luis Vargas

Elon

     

Freshman of the Year - Women

 

Sarah Paddon

Davidson

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