March 28, 2011

Bears Run in Emory Classic in Atlanta


ATLANTA, Ga. – The Mercer cross country team competed in the Emory Classic track meet as a part of its 2011 spring season workouts and came away with several personal records and fine performances.


For the MU men, sophomore Andrew Weems had a record run in Friday’s 3000 meter steeplechase. Weems took first in the event in a clocking of 9:40.38. Weems also garnered a fourth place in the 5000 meters in a PR time of 15:40.60.


Weems was the Bears’ top scorer, accounting for 15 team points.


Fellow sophomore Chris Svidesskis finished seventh in the men’s 5000 race, logging a personal best time of 15:48.30 minutes.


The Bears brought out the brooms for the 10,000 meters, where Mercer runners went 1-2-3. Jacob Law won the event in a PR time of 32:46.82. Freshman Sony Prosper was second in a freshman-best time of 32:53.35, with Marc Kushinka finishing third at 32:58.98 (smashing his own PR by over a minute).


Competing in just three events, the MU representatives accumulated enough points to finish in 10th place as a team out of 15 schools.


The Mercer women also posted some notable efforts in the distance races. Among them was sophomore Kacie Niemann’s third place finish in the women’s 10,000 meter run in a record time of 39:25.91.


In the 5000 meters, Lena Hamvas placed eighth and Christina Kivi ran a PR and placed 12th overall. Freshman Linda Batna was fourth in the 1500 meters in a time of 4:46.86.


Kasie Knapper became the first Mercer female athlete to compete in the 3000 steeplechase, running a 12:48.64.