Newcomer Hirko earns top-10 finish at Virginia Tech Invite

Saturday, September 15, 2012

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Sept. 14, 2012) – ETSU women’s cross country finished fourth overall while the men earned a sixth-place finish at the Virginia Tech Invitational Friday evening.

Freshman Katie Hirko (Oley, Pa.) led the way for the women with a 10-place finish and ran the 6k course in 21:58.79, while Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W. Va.) ran a 23:04.56 time and Melissa Peters (Mesa, Ariz.) clocked a 23:44.76 mark.  Newcomers Jessica Palmer (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and Lisa Pallota (Leesburg, Va.) rounded out the top-five for the Bucs with times of 24:44.61 and 24:45.38, respectively.

“I am very pleased with the progress of both teams today. The ladies ran a very competitive and spirited race. Katie made a huge jump today and led the team with a very fine 10th-place finish,” noted Watts.

Florida State dominated the field with a perfect 15 points, followed by Georgia Tech with 76 points and Wake Forest with 77 points. ETSU’s 134 points was good for fourth-place out of nine teams.

In the men’s 8k race, junior Anders Ludvigsen (Odense, Denmark)  paced the Bucs with a time of 25:50.50, good for 28th-place.  Senior Landon Milhorn (The Woodlands, Texas) was the second ETSU runner to cross the finish line with a time of 25:58.21, followed by sophomore Adam Chase (Kingsport, Tenn.), who clocked a 25:29.64 mark.  Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) and Desmond Pierce (Morristown, Tenn.) capped off the Bucs top five with times of 26:15.41 and 26:41.13, respectively.                              

“The men had a very solid spread through the top-four as Anders jumped from our four-man in our first meet to being our number-one finisher today.  We also had a respectable 51-second spread through the top-five.  It’s nice to have several guys that can be our leader from one meet to the next. As we progress through the season all I expect from the kids is continued improvement one day at a time,” said Watts.

Just like the women, Florida State’s men cruised to first-place with 19 points, while Wake Forest (72) and Virginia Tech (75) finished second and third respectively.  Georgia Tech took fourth with 117 points and Davidson (141) earned fifth-place.  The Bucs’ 157 points was good for sixth-place in the nine team field.

The Bucs take next week off from competition to prepare for the Great Louisville Classic on Sept. 29 which will be the same site as the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17.


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