MU Cross Country has Impressive Outing at Dawn of the 2010 Season
The MU men gave a very strong showing out of the blocks, led by sophomore Andrew Weems (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill H.S.), who was the Bears’ top finisher in a personal-best time of 26:01.65 for the eight kilometer course. Weems was 30th overall out of 85 runners (and eclipsed his previous best 8K time of 27:28 at last season’s Greater Louisville Sports Commission XC Invitational).
Fellow sophomore Chris Svidesskis (Marietta, Ga./Dominion Christian H.S.) and freshman Sony Prosper (Pompano Beach, Fla./Union Grove H.S., Ga.) were Mercer’s second and third finishers, placing 35th and 36th in the standings. Svidesskis was clocked at 26:08.41, while Prosper was close behind at 26:09.12 in his first collegiate meet.
Freshman Kasib Abdullah (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County H.S.) placed 55th and Geremy Skeen was 57th to round out the Bears’ placements. Skeen lopped three seconds off his personal 8K best in the race, while celebrating his 21st birthday.
The MU women’s team came within nine seconds of the school record for team time, registering an average of 19:41.65 for the five kilometer race. Three of the team’s top four finishers were newcomers to the squad.
Freshman Lena Hamvas (Marietta, Ga./Walton H.S.) set the tone for the Bears with a 27th place finish for her first effort in the Orange and Black. Hamvas’ time of 19:09.77 was also a personal best.
Another freshman, Sammy Woller (Waukesha, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower H.S.) placed 34th in a time of 19:30.70 and sophomore Kacie Niemann's 36th place finish was the Bears' third place runner. Freshman Linda Batna (Kandava, Latvia) was 38th (19:40.09) - and fourth for the team - in her first collegiate competition as MU had a nice grouping of its runners.
Senior Clara Densmore (Cochran, Ga./Bleckley County H.S.) was MU’s fifth finisher in 49th place, followed by junior Christina Kivi (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes H.S.) in 51st. Kassie Knapper (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater H.S.), a sophomore, finished in 58th place.