Women and Kigen finish first overall at North Texas Invite
Sept. 15, 2007
DENTON, Texas - The TCU women's cross country teams earned a first-place finish, while the men placed third overall on Saturday at the North Texas Invitational held at the Eagle Point Cross Country Course.
Overall, TCU had five runners place in the top 10, led by Festus Kigen, who won the men's 8K race.
On the women's side, TCU accumulated 33 points to overtake Northwood for first place on the day.
"I was very proud of the way we competed today on the women's side. We went out a little bit hard, but I am proud of the ladies and the way they ran," said distance coach Shawn Winget.
Leading the pack for the Horned Frogs was freshman Tanja Ivandic, who finished second out of 39 runners in the women's 5K race in a time of 19:11.51. Dani Selner, a sophomore from Houston, followed by crossing the finish line in sixth-place with a time of 19:28.40.
Five other TCU runners finished 10th through 18th. Pacing the pack of Horned Frogs was Ashley Young, who finished 10th in a time of 19:46.19. Young was followed by Shannon Andrew (20:01.68), Ashley Millerick (20:03.56) and Cassie Hostick (20:05.41), who placed 12th, 13th and 14th overall.
Rounding out the top 18 was Amber Carlisle, who ran a time of 20:18.29. Other runners competing for the Horned Frogs included, Carlene Mayfield (20:46.08), Heidi Barr (20:56.59) and Amanda Foust (20:59.20). All three runners grabbed the 22nd, 23rd and 24th spots, respectively.
Baylor's Katie Shaw won the 5K race with a time of 18:44.49.
On the men's side, TCU totaled 65 points and finished behind Baylor and host school North Texas. The Bears, won the 8K race with 33 points.
"After a hard week of practice, the men did well considering it was the first time many of them had competed in an 8K race. Festus looked extremely relaxed and smooth today, while Matt Manly stepped in and ran closer to where he should be," said Winget.
Following Kigen's first-place showing in a time of 24:41.33, senior Matt Manly placed sixth with a time of 25:46.33.
Crossing the finish line in 14th was Jeff Pels (27:15.64), while Jake Womeldorf placed 22nd overall with a time of 28:06.24. Ryan Dalrymple, a freshman from Pasadena, Calif., followed by turning in a time of 28:39.04 to finish 25th overall.
Rounding out the TCU runners was freshman Andrew McDonald. McDonald posted a time of 29:53.76 to place 27th out of 38 runners.
"Today was a big day for our freshmen and our team as a whole. It feels great to get the first win of the season," said Winget, who is in his first year as the Horned Frogs distance coach.
TCU returns to action on Sept. 22 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas.