Carson-Newman Cross Country Competes At Pre-National Invitational Saturday

Evansville, Ind. - The Carson-Newman Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams competed Saturday morning at the 2009 NCAA Division II Pre-National Invitational. The Lady Eagles finished eighth as a team in the event.

"We saw some really strong teams, including two or three that are nationally-ranked in each race, in what turned out to be a smaller field of teams than we anticipated," said Carson-Newman Head Coach Whitney Lee. "The course was pretty tough, the hardest we'll see all year, and was a bit slower as a result of two heavy rains from recent days."

C-N's women were led by freshman Brooke Earhart (Dickson, Tenn.) with a 39th-place finish as she ran a 24:40.79 over the six kilometer course. Medalist honors went to Tina Muir of Ferris State University as she clocked in a time of 21:48.22.

The women's team championship went to the University of Tampa.

On the men's side, Eagle junior Jonathan Madden (Franklin, Tenn.) ran a 28:49.00 to finish 67th overall. Harding University's Daniel Kirwa won the 8K race with a 24:35.53 effort.

Stonehill College took home top team honors for the men's race.

Carson-Newman will next take the starting gun at the Belmont Abbey Invitational on Saturday, October 3, at 9:00 a.m.

"We're looking forward to Belmont Abbey next week, where we always seem to have a great team effort," concluded Lee. "We're still working toward the ultimate goal of having our best races at the South Atlantic Conference Championships in late October."