Oct. 10, 2009
CLINTON, Miss. - The Tulane men's cross country team turned in a sixth place finish Saturday at the the Mississippi College Watson Ford Invitational as sophomore Brian Lozes paced the Green Wave for the fifth-straight meet, finishing 12th among Division I runners.
"I was happy we were able to sustain the improvement we had in Florida at the Gulf Coast Stampede," head coach Eric Peterson said. "The guys had a very similar race as last week, on a very challenging course at Mississippi College. It was wet and sloppy and given the conditions, we weren't necessarily looking at our times to improve from last week. But they did improve from the times last season on this course. Everyone who ran here last year saw a significant improvement in their times this year. That's a good sign for us."
Lozes turned in a time of 27:32. It was the second-straight meet Lozes finished in the top 12 and third time this season. Lozes' shaved 1:12 off his time at last year's Watson Ford Invitational, improving from 33rd in the race.
Sophomore Max Miller was the second Wave runner across the line, placing 26th in 28:43. Freshman Jordan Vance finished 31st in 28:57, while sophomore Mike Mainguy was 34th in 29:15. Mainguy improved his time from last year's event by 39 seconds.
Sophomore Jordon Holtzman was Tulane's final scorer, clocking in at 29:51 and placing 41st. Freshman Phil Scruggs was right behind in 42nd, with a time of 30:03 and freshman Sam King rounded out the Tulane runners in 51st with a time of 31:22. Tulane totaled 126 points, placed sixth among nine Division I schools, and 10th among the 17 teams.
Arkansas Pine Bluff won the event with a score of 30 by placing four in the top eight. Chris Robinson of Southeastern Louisiana won the race with a time of 25:37.
"Overall, we ran hard, we competed well, and now we have three weeks of training to prepare us for the C-USA championship."
The Green Wave men will have three weeks off until the Conference USA Championship in Memphis, Tenn. on Oct. 31. The Tulane women's squad is in action next weekend, at the Chile Pepper Invitational at Fayetteville, Ark.