Blankenship, Madut pace harriers in St. Louis
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Blankenship, Madut pace harriers in St. Louis
Freshman Taylor Blankenship finished 14th at Saturday's St. Louis Fall Classic to lead the CU women. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Taylor Blankenship placed 14th for the women and junior Garang Madut finished ninth for the men, leading the Cumberland cross country teams at the St. Louis Fall Classic on Saturday in St. Louis, Mo.

Blankenship became the first female other than fellow freshman Claudia Tepox to lead the Bulldog women in a race this season. The Lebanon, Tenn., native finished the 5K course in 20:09 while Tepox was two spots behind in 20:23.

Senior Keaton Gaffney finished 25th overall in 21:13 and junior Alesa Steiner came across in 21:38 for 35th-place. Senior Savannah Pitt was 60th in 23:03, as all five runners set personal-bests for the second consecutive week. The Cumberland women finished sixth among 13 teams.

Madut continued his strong campaign with a ninth-place showing in 26:27 on the 8K course, 37 seconds better than his PR set last week at the Berry College Invitational.

Junior Tanner Harp finished 22nd in 27:24 and freshman Chris Swann was just nine seconds behind in 24th-place. Freshman Cole Nichols was nine seconds behind Swann as well for 28th overall and freshman Michael Rogers finished 39th in 28:14.

Sophomore Kason Halfacre was 41st in 28:20, freshman Carlos Tirado came across in 28:32 for 45th-place, junior Spencer Rearick placed 89th in 31:20 and sophomore John Daugherty finished 97th in 32:51.

Cumberland takes next week off before competing in the Mid-South Conference Championships on November 7 in Bowling Green, Ky.

14. Taylor Blankenship, 20:09
16. Claudia Tepox, 20:23
25. Keaton Gaffney, 21:13
35. Alesa Steiner, 21:38
60. Savannah Pitt, 23:03

9. Garang Madut, 26:27
22. Tanner Harp, 27:24
24. Chris Swann, 27:33
28. Cole Nichols, 27:42
39. Michael Rogers, 28:14
41. Kason Halfacre, 28:20
45. Carlos Tirado, 28:32
89. Spencer Rearick, 31:20
97. John Daugherty, 32:51