The University of Tennessee at Martin cross country teams returned to action this morning in a congested field at the Rhodes Invitational held at Shelby Farms Cross Country Course in Memphis.
Competing against Memphis and regionally ranked Arkansas State amongst as many as nine other programs, both Skyhawk squads finished third overall.
The men’s 8k race began the early morning as the Skyhawks posted a pair of top-10 finishers while the entire team crossed amongst the first 20. Veteran Luke McNair paced the Skyhawks with an eighth-place finish with a time of 25:23.1 while sophomore George Payne wasn’t far behind with a 10th place time of 25:31.2 for a new PR.
Freshman Will Cahill placed 12th with a time of 25:44.5 in his first collegiate 8k while senior Will Oglesby posted a time of 26:02.4 to finish 18th. Sophomore Victor Kemboi would wrap up the Skyhawks scoring group in 20th with a PR time of 26:05.6.
The Skyhawk women ran as a strong group throughout the 5k race finishing in a cluster to claim a third-place result. Sophomore Erica Fisher led UT Martin with a time of 19:10.4 to finish 12th while newcomer Lilia Alvarez was close behind in the 14th scoring position at 19:20.4.
Down the final stretch Blayne LaChance snuck in the top-20 with a time of 19:36.7 to start a chain of three consecutive Skyhawk scorers crossing the line. The freshman pair of Lydia Tankersley (19:49.3) and Victoria Holliday (19:51.3) wrapped up the scoring group for the Skyhawks.
UT Martin will return to action in two weeks when competing at the Live in Lou Classic on Saturday, Oct. 2. The men’s race is scheduled for 8 a.m. CST with the women’s race to follow at 8:45 a.m.