Tate paces Badger men to 2nd place finish at Huntingdon

GRADY, Ala. (September 11, 2021) – The Spring Hill College (SHC) men’s cross country team finished 2nd out of 5 teams at the Hawk 4k/5k Classic hosted by Huntingdon College on Saturday morning in a last minute fill-in meet for the canceled Wolf Pack Invitational hosted by Loyola University in New Orleans, La.
Despite the change of plans and a year’s layoff due to Covid, the Badgers finished with 52 points and an average team time of 18:02 over the 5,000-meter course. Wallace State took home the team title with 31 points and a combined time of 17:30.
Sophomore Will Tate of Edgewood, Ky. was the 1st place winner of the event over a field of 46 runners in a time of 16:43.80 while freshman Harrison Weisinger of Mandeville, La. was 7th at 17:27.09, sophomore TJ Gennari of Chelsea, Ala. was 16th at 18:24.21, and freshman Thomas Monier of Belle Chasse, La., was 18th at 18:41.57.
Tate’s time was 10th best men’s 5k time in SHC Cross Country history.
Another Badger runners included freshman Myles Cook of Spanish Fort, Ala. in 19th place at 18:53.53; junior Brian Pempel of Spanish Fort in 20th place at 19:06.93; freshman Ridge Chautin of Slidell, La. in 22nd place at 19:43.02; and freshman Curtis Laurent of New Orleans in 32nd place at 22:32.76.
After the meet, SHC head coach Craig McVey was pleased with the performance. “Today was a great start,” he said. “We were on the most difficult course I’ve been to since coming to Spring Hill, but a great course and the cooler temperatures helped. We got a lot of mileage out of today. The learning curve for us was invaluable. It was kind of like taking a final exam in the first two weeks of class.”
McVey continued, “For us now, everyone knows exactly what we have to work on individually and as a team. A cool thing was as challenging as today was, the pieces are right in front of us to team run in groups and everyone can sense it. That can be powerful for us. Individually, [women’s runner Mary Elizabeth] Shelton and a great day for us especially for as early as we are in the year as did Will Tate on the men’s side.”
The Badgers will next run at the Falcon Classic hosted by the University of Montevallo (UM) on the UM Cross Country Course in Montevallo, Ala., on Saturday, October 18, at 9 a.m.

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