By Hannah Orem, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Head coach Bill Gautier is pleased overall with the results from the Southern Conference Championships that took place March 1-2.
Gautier said, “I’m really pleased with all the girls.”
Teghan Henderson, sophomore, Pickering, Ontario, finished third in the 5000-meter run after the officials rang the bell ending the race a lap early.
“It was tremendous considering she had just come off an injury,” said Gautier.
Other scorers included Rebecca Greenwall, sophomore, Bogart, Ga., and Keely Stuart, junior, Winchester, Tenn., who competed in her first SoCon Championships.
Men’s runner Nathan Wanuch, senior, Mississauga, Ontario, almost made all-conference honors but placed fourth in the 5000-meter race.
Marquis Carter, sophomore, Memphis, placed seventh in the 800-meter run.
Football player James Stovall, freshman, Chattanooga, placed seventh in the triple jump event.
“James Stovall was a good surprise for us,” said Gautier.
No one from the men and women’s teams placed to compete in the NCAA Championships taking place March 15.
Gautier has shifted his focus to the outdoor season.
“I think our team will be a little bit stronger in the outdoor season,” said Gautier.
He said he is confident that the team will do better with the events included in the outdoor season, especially the longer races.
“We are always building for the future,” Gautier said. “This is a great spring board for cross country.”
Gautier is expecting to add more girls to the roster and hopefully some football players.
With the end of indoor track season, Gautier is proud of graduate student runners Nathan Wanuch, Marcus Cole, McKenzie, Tenn., and Lucas Cotter, Collierville, Tenn.
“They are successful in the classroom and building a future for themselves and I couldn’t be more proud of that,” said Gautier.