A last minute change moved the Golden Eagle Cross Country Invitational to the Golden Eagle Country Club on a snow covered, sunny, 31-degree day in Cookeville, Tenn.
“The course was challenging with a couple inches of show and mud,” Chattanooga head coach Andy Meyer said. “The guys ran after the girls, so the course was really FUN for them!”
Junior Jonathan Boyd led the Mocs with a time of 24:33.8 in a race just shy of a complete 8-kilometers. Freshman Kaigen Mulkey was the second UTC runner to finish with a time of 24:45.7.
Ryan Phillips clocked in at 25:03.4, Jasper Wilson was just behind at 25:25.6 and Jacob Boykin was the fifth Chattanooga runner across the line with a time of 28:41.7.
“Despite the course, the guys raced much better than at Belmont. They all gained positions throughout the race and finished much stronger than the last meet. I was impressed with their determination with the terrible race course.”
Several teams dropped out due to the inclement weather leaving UT Martin to take first with 22 points. All five scoring runners finished in the Top Seven. Southeast Missouri was second with 65 points and Saint Louis took third with 70 points and the No. 2 individual finisher. The Mocs scored 140 points behind Northern Kentucky (115) and host Tennessee Tech (131).
Nicole Buehrle who will run in the outdoor track season, ran unattached in the women’s 5K race, placing fourth overall with a time of 18:45.0.
“Nicole got out well,” Meyer said. “She was third at the 2K and faded a little bit back to fifth. She didn’t totally lose touch and in the last 600 meter caught fourth and was out-leaned at the line for third.
“She’s so competitive and it was great to see her do well in the tough conditions.”
This race concludes the cross country season. The Southern Conference hosted the fall championship in November. Next weekend, the UTC women will head to Lexington, Va., for the Southern Conference championships.