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Cross Country Opens Season With A Pair Of First Place Finishes

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Mississippi State opens the 2014 season with a pair of first place finishes at the Memphis Twilight.
Photo Courtesy of Madeleine Takahashi

MEMPHIS – As far as opening the season on a positive note, it couldn't have been much better for the Mississippi State cross country teams on Saturday night, as both the men and women collected a pair of first-place finishes at the Memphis Twilight.

This is the second year in a row MSU has brought home first place from both squads in this race.  

The women’s team finished first beating out Ole Miss, Central Arkansas, Memphis and Arkansas State.

Claiming the first-place finish was possible with leadership from sophomore Rhianwedd Price, who ran 17:05.67 to take medalist honors. Sophomore Lisa Ziegler followed in second place with a time of 17:53.77.   

Rounding out the top 10, Cornelia Griesche earned a fourth place finish with a time of 17:55.67, followed by Jodie McGuff who ran a time of 18:35.30 to finish 10th.

Making her career debut with the Bulldogs, freshman Carly Terp ran a time of 18:53.90 to finish 19th

“I was really pleased by the performances of all our freshmen,” MSU coach Houston Franks said. “It’s always great to see the toughness in the freshman regardless of the results.”

The men’s team tied for first place with Ole Miss. Senior Damian Roszko led the men’s side with a time of 20:02.56 to finish first individually in the meet. Also, placing in the Top 10 was sophomore Curtis Kelly, who came in seventh with a time of 20:27.01.

Placing among the Top 20 was junior Mathew Dunn with a time of 20:40.11 leading to 13th. Freshman Branden Nosker made his introduction with the Maroon and White with a time of 20:51.11, placing 16th.

“We’re missing some depth on our men’s side, but it was great being able to see our freshman moving into that position tonight,” Franks said. 

The Bulldogs next action will take place on Sept. 13 at the Vanderbilt Classic.

“It was a good was to start the new season, but we still have some work to do to get ready for the Vanderbilt meet in a couple weeks.”

The Memphis Twilight was hosted by Christian Brothers University and took place at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.

For more information on MSU cross country, visit www.hailstate.com or follow the team on Twitter (@HailStateTF).

Women’s Team Points
1. Miss State 36

2. Arkansas State 63
3. Ole Miss 65
4. Memphis 93
5. Arkansas–Little Rock 140
6. Nebraska-Omaha 160
7. Central Arkansas 197
8. William Woods 230
9. Centre 248
10. Rhodes 297
11. Tennessee-Martin 329
12. Life 336
13. Mississippi Valley 395
14. Cumberland (Tenn.) 444

Medalist: Rhianwedd Price, Miss State, 17:05.67
Mississippi State: 2. Lisa Ziegler,17:53.77. 4. Cornelia Griesche, 17:55.67. 10. Jodie McGuff,18:35.30. 19. Carly Terp,18:52.90. 23. Mia Meydrich,18:59.04.
26. Rachel Caulkins,19:16.26.

Men’s Team Points
1. Ole Miss 49
2. Miss State 49
3. Central Arkansas 72
4. Memphis 101
5. Arkansas State 143
6. Allen CC 156
7. Centre 171   
8. Tennessee-Martin 199
9. Mississippi Valley 278
10. William Woods 287
11. Rhodes 325
12. Cumberland (Tenn.) 373

Medalist: Damian Roszko, Miss State, 20:02.56.
Mississippi State: 7. Curtis Kelly, 20:33.59. 13. Matthew Dunn, 20:40.11. 16. Branden Nosker, 20:51.1124. Patrick Monaghan, 21:07.24. 39. Andrew White, 21:43.56.


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