University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) placed second in the men’s Blue Race at the 11th
annual Greater Louisville Classic Saturday morning at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.
The event features teams from 115 colleges and universities and is deemed the largest collegiate meet this year. The course will be the site of the 2012 Pre-Nationals and NCAA National Championships later this season.
Wanuch ran the men’s 8K course in a time of 24:46.
41, just three seconds behind Northern Kentucky’s J.J. Webber.
“I’m so proud of Nathan,” UTC head coach Bill Gautier said. “He had to get around so many runners at the beginning of the race that he had a very good chance to win it.”
Wanuch led the Mocs to a 19th place finish with teammate Paul Stuart, a freshman from Brentwood, Tenn., coming across the finish line second for Chattanooga with a time of 25:58.17.
Freshman Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario) was the third UTC runner across the line with a time of 26:42.13 in the 148th position followed by sophomore Drew Austell (Memphis, Tenn.) at 180 and John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.) at 188 in the race featuring 362 runners and nearly 50 teams.
“We’re a very young team,” Gautier said. “Our top two runners (Lucas Cotter and Mark Cole) are out with injuries right now so we’re going with a very young lineup.”
Sophomore Amanda Sumner (Bristol, Conn.) placed 18th for the Lady Mocs who lost a runner during the race and did not score in the team standings.
“Amanda did a great job out there,” Gautier said. “I forget sometimes that she hasn’t run cross country in two years. She is good enough that she could have been in the top three today. She was leading for a while. She just needs a little more experience.”
Senior Kathryn Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.) was running second for the Lady Mocs alongside freshman Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario), but stepped in a hole and had to pull from the race.
“I think we would have done well on the women’s side if Kathryn had not gotten hurt.” Gautier said. “But Teghan did a great job. She’s so young and is doing well for us.”
Henderson was the second Chattanooga runner across the line placing 24th overall with a time of 18:26.10. Sophomore Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.) has stepped up her running this season and was 95th overall with a time of 19:13.72. Freshman Helenka Kis (Columbia, Tenn.) was the final UTC runner to finish in the race featuring 337 runners and 45 teams.
“This was good to experience,” Gautier said. “Today was much like the Penn Relays is for track and field. Many of the best teams in the country were here today.”
The Running Mocs will return to action in two weeks at the annual Front Runner Invitational on their home course at the Moccasin Bend Race Course. The women’s 2-mile is slated to start at 3 p.m. with the men’s 5K to follow.