Madut, Killian lead harriers in opening meet
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Madut, Killian lead harriers in opening meet
Freshman Riley Killian finished 77th, leading the Cumberland women late Saturday night at the BROOKS Memphis Twilight. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Riley Killian placed 77th and senior Garang Madut finished 66th, pacing the Cumberland cross country teams late Saturday night at the BROOKS Memphis Twilight. The race featured nine Division I and seven Division II programs and more than 225 runners in the men’s and women’s races.

Killian covered the 5K distance in 19:49.98, the best time for a freshman since the cross country program was revived five years ago, while sophomore Claudia Tepox finished 109th in 20:41.86. Freshman Amber Mays was right behind in 111th, crossing the finish line in 20:51.92.

Senior Alesa Steiner led three runners almost in order, with Steiner placing 142nd in 22:30.38, with sophomore Michaela Postell next in 22:40.89 and sophomore Gavin DuVall finishing 145th in 22:51.80.

On the men’s side Madut posted a time of 21:31.78 and freshman Jerry Rojas came in 86th in 21:51.14 on the four-mile course. Senior Tanner Harp placed 99th in 22:12.90, while freshman Jacob Royster finished 109th in 22:26.61 and sophomore Chris Swann was 115th in 22:38.35.

Junior Kason Halfacre placed 126th in 23:15.37 and sophomore Carlos Tirado crossed the finish line in 23.33.85 for 131st. Sophomore Michael Rogers posted a time of 23:34.48 and senior Spencer Rearick finished with a time of 25:10.61.

Cumberland is set to run in the Mid-South Conference Preview on September 10 in Bowling Green, Ky., and the Rhodes Invitational back in Memphis on Sept. 17.

RESULTS – MEN, 4 miles
66. Garang Madut, 21:31.78
86. Jerry Rojas, 21:51.14
99. Tanner Harp, 22:12.90
109. Jacob Royster, 22:26.61
115. Chris Swann, 22:38.35
126. Kason Halfacre, 23:15.37
131. Carlos Tirado, 23:33.85
174. Michael Rogers, 23:34.48
196. Spencer Rearick, 25:10.61

77. Riley Killian, 19:49.98
109. Claudia Tepox, 20:41.86
111. Amber Mays, 20:51.92
142. Alesa Steiner, 22:30.38
143. Michaela Postell, 22:40.89
145. Gavin DuVall, 22:51.80