Tech places second at TTU Invitational behind Taylor, balanced effort

Tech places second at TTU Invitational behind Taylor, balanced effort

Men's complete results (PDF)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Sam Taylor earned sixth place individually and four more Golden Eagles raced across the finish line in the Top 15 as the Tennessee Tech men’s cross country team claimed second place Friday afternoon in the TTU Invitational, held at Southern Hills Golf Course.

Chattanooga pushed five runners around the 8K course in the Top 10 to capture the team title with 26 points, while Tech was second with 53 points.

Jacksonville State, led by individual winner David Nilsson, finished third with 60 points. North Alabama (98), Murray State (117) and Tennessee State (162) rounded out the field of six teams.

Nilsson cruised to the win in 25:32.47, posting a 12-second margin over Chattanooga’s Emmanuel Kirwa n 25:44.54.

Taylor, who also led the Golden Eagles with a sixth place finish last year, toured the course in 26:49.94.

Senior Peter Woerner was the second Golden Eagle to finish, placing 11th in 27:23.34, followed closely by freshman Chris Bishop in 12th place at 27;51.43. Just one spot back was junior Ben Shassere in 28:09.34.

Tech’s fifth counter was Jarrad Read, finishing 15th in 28:15.48.

Seven more runners competed for the Golden Eagles, with seniors Joseph DeLorenzo and Ben Thompson next to finish. DeLorenzo was 17th in 28:24.30, while Thompson was seconds behind in 18th place at 28:27.22.

Also in the race were freshman John Greene, sophomore Daniel Francis, freshman Nathan Livesey, senior Will Enicks, and freshman Steven Bretz.

The Golden Eagles will run in the Furman Invitation next Saturday (Oct. 10).