Oct. 5, 2012
Tulane Green Wave at Disney Classic
Start Times: 7:45 a.m. (Men), 8:30 a.m. (Women)
Location: Orlando, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
ORLANDO - After taking first place in the Screamin' Eagle 5K Festival, the Tulane men's and women's cross country teams will take to the course again this weekend at the Walt Disney World Classic. Running first Saturday morning, the men will cover an eight kilometer distance, and the women will follow, running five kilometers.
Last week, the men's squad took the top four times with all six competitors placing in the top seven. The team took first place in the competition which was their first overall win in eight years. The team's fastest runner, sophomore Mark Manion led the pack with a time of 27:24.91, taking first place overall in their 8K race. It was the first individual title for the young runner. This season so far has been an important one for Manion who also posted a personal best the week before at the Azalea City Classic with a time of 26:37.44.
Not far behind Manion was classmate Geoffrey Zelek who took second place with his time of 27:52.49. The third, fourth, and fifth place finishers were Jack White, Adam Yohanan, and Nicholas Meloro respectively, all rookies. White's times of 28:03.66 was a personal best for the freshman. Freshman Nicholas Meloro finished in sixth place, and rounding out the pack was senior Michael Villasin in seventh place posting a personal best time at 29:20.61
Manion and the team plan on maintaining their current momentum heading into this weekend's competition. Heading to their home state of Florida, Manion and Zelek particularly hope to make a big splash while the rookies hope to continue their growth. The team's top scores should lead them to similar success in Orlando.
The women's squad had similar success taking second place at Southern Miss with sophomore Paige Callahan taking second overall in their 5K race with a time of 18:31.98, only about 14 seconds behind the first place finisher. She has yet to finish under the top five this season.
Seniors Katherine Crabtree and Emmi Aguillard, Junior Callie Turlington, and Freshman Mikayla Sonneborn all finished within the top ten. Sonneborn's 20:12:52 time was a personal best. As top performer, Callahan will take to the 5K course again this Saturday with her teammates close behind.
After two meets this season, both the men's and women's teams have posted a top five performance each time. Head Coach Eric Peterson and the team hope to repeat their top performances last competition. This will be the first time the Green Wave have competed at the Disney Classic.
The men will start the day at 7:45 a.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando with the women following at 8:30 a.m. Their next meet after the weekend is set for Saturday, October 13 at Alabama's Crimson Classic.
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