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General Information

Table of Contents

Location . . . . . . . . . . . Murfreesboro, Tenn. Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,872 Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1911 Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Raiders Colors . . . . . . . . . . . Royal Blue and White President . . . . . . . . . Dr. Sidney A. McPhee Director of Athletics . . . . . . . Chris Massaro Sr. Women’s Administrator Diane Turnham Main Athletics Phone . . . . 615/898-2450 Web site . . . . . . . . . . . GoBlueRaiders.com Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Belt Indoor Facility . . . . . . . . . . Murphy Center Outdoor Facility . . . . . . . . . Dean A. Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track and Soccer Stadium

Coaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Head Coach Dean Hayes. . . . . . . . . . 2 Assistant Coach Keith Vroman . . . . . . 3 Assistant Coach Roger Kerr . . . . . . . . 3 2009 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Blue Raiders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 2009 Men’s Roster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Returning Men. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-12 Philip Benavides. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Isaac Biwott. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Festus Chemaoi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 David Emery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Julius Kirui. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 William Songock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Men’s Newcomers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2009 Women’s Roster . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Returning Women. . . . . . . . . . . . 15-17 Marla Bailey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Zamzam Sangau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kristen Tithof. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Women’s Newcomers. . . . . . . . . . . . 18 2008 Year in Review. . . . . . . . . . . 19-21 2008 Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Men’s Performance Chart. . . . . . . . . 20 Women’s Performance Chart. . . . . . 21 History & Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-35 Men’s Conference Results. . . . . . . . . 24 Men’s Inv. Conference Results. . . . . . 28 Women’s Conference Results . . . . . . 30 Women’s Inv. Conference Results . . . 32 All-Conference Award Winners. . . . 34 The University and City. . . . . . . . . 36-44 This is Middle Tennessee. . . . . . . . . . 36 Academic Enhancement . . . . . . . . . . 38 Sun Belt Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Sports Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Strength and Conditioning. . . . . . . . 41 University President . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Director of Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 GoBlueRaiders.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Athletic Communications Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Owens XC Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christian Lemon Lemon’s e-mail lemon@goblueraiders.com Lemon’s Office Phone . . . . 615/898-5272 Lemon’s Cell Phone . . . . . . 901/268-9383 Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Stauffacher Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Travis Woods AC Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 615/898-5626 Mailing Address . . . . . . . . . . MTSU Box 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murfreesboro, TN 37132 Overnight Address . . 1500 Greenland Dr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Head Coach Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dean Hayes Alma Mater/Year . . . . . Lake Forest/1959 Hayes’ Office Phone . . . . . 615/898-2571 Overall Conference Titles . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Sun Belt Titles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 All-Americans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 NCAA Top 25 Finishes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Coach of the Year Honors . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Marla Bailey, Junior

Isaac Biwott, Junior

Coaching Staff Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Vroman Alma Mater/Year Eastern Kentucky/2000 Vroman’s Office Phone . . . 615/898-5865 Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger Kerr Alma Mater/Year. . . . . . . . . . . Iowa/1963 Kerr’s Office Phone . . . . . . 615/898-5879

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MISSION STATEMENT CREDITS

The 2009 Middle Tennessee Cross Country Media Guide is a production of the Athletic Communications Department. The guide was written and designed by Graduate Assistant Christian Lemon. Special thanks to Jack Ross, J. Intintoli, Andy Heidt, Cathy Weller and Rhonda Wimberly at MT Photographic Services. Photography provided by Bradley Lambert, Glen Clark, Joe Imel, Dan Avila, Nelson Chenault, CW Pack Sports, Paul Angelle, Buffy Massey and Rick Yeatts.

The Middle Tennessee athletic program is committed to quality athletics that bring the campus community together and promote a sense of pride and tradition in academic and athletic excellence. These programs also bring the University regional and national recognition and provide a link between the University, its alumni and the community at large. They give students, faculty and alumni opportunities for innovative public service activities that better the community. Athletics uses financial and physical resources to maintain and develop sports programs to accomplish the mission of the University.

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Head Coach Dean Hayes Throughout the recent history of Middle Tennessee track and field, there have been two constants – veteran coach Dean Hayes and a legacy of championship performances. A renowned track and field coach both in college and professional circles, Dean Hayes has gained great respect since coming to Middle Tennessee 44 years ago. His men’s teams dominated the Ohio Valley Conference, and the women’s teams have duplicated that success since Hayes took over the program in 1987. Both squads have continued their successes in the Sun Belt Conference, capturing 15 of the 34 indoor and outdoor titles for which they have been eligible since joining the league seven years ago. Overall, Hayes has guided the programs to 29 OVC titles, 15 Sun Belt championships, and 18 NCAA Top 25 finishes. Forty-eight of his athletes have earned 82 All-American honors, four have become national champions and a number of them have gone on to compete internationally in the Olympic Games, World University Games and Pan-American Games. There could have been more awards, but Middle Tennessee did not sport a track program from 1987 to 1990. Hayes has added 13 Sun Belt Coach of the Year awards to complement his 15 OVC Coach of the Year honors, which included 10 in a row from 1977 to 1986. He was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Hayes became a member of the Illinois Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and was



inducted into the Mason-Dixon Athletic Club Hall of Fame in March 2005, and in December 2008 he was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In May 2009, a formal dedication took place to rename the outdoor track faciilty in his honor as the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium. The announcement regarding the renaming of the stadium happened earlier in the spring, and the dedication was timed to coincide with the Blue Raiders hosting to the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Following the 1981 season, the Division I Track and Field Coaches Association voted Hayes the NCAA Outdoor

HAYES AT A GLANCE Personal Birthdate: December 14, 1937 Hometown: Morrison, Ill. Family: Wife, Jan; daughters, Erin and Kara Education High School: Naperville (Ill.) Central College: Lake Forest (1959) Head Coach Experience (College) Middle Tennessee: 1965 - present Head Coach Experience (World) Goodwill Games: 1998 (New York, N.Y.) World Championships: 1997 (Athens, Greece) World Cup: 1994 (London, England) Goodwill Games: 1990 (Seattle, Wash.) World University Games: 1985 (Kobe, Japan) Assistant Coach Experience (World) Olympic Games: 1988 (Seoul, South Korea) World Championships: 1983 (Helsinki, Finland) World University Games: 1981 (Bucharest, Romania) US Olympic Festival: 1978 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) *Served as referee at 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. NCAA Top 25 Finishes (18) Women’s Indoor: 1994 - 8th Men’s Indoor: 1971-22nd; 1972 - 7th; 1973 - 8th; 1974 - 14th; 1979 - 20th; 1980 - 19th; 1981 - 11th; 1982 - 11th; 1993 - 21st

Coach of the Year. Hayes served as president of the TFCA in 1982-83. In his first attempt at a Sun Belt Championship, Hayes delivered. The Middle Tennessee women took first place in Miami, Fla., in 2000, and Hayes earned his first Sun Belt Coach of the Year award. Since taking its place in the Sun Belt full-time prior to the beginning of the 2000-01 academic year, Middle Tennessee has captured 14 of the 30 league titles in indoor and outdoor track and field. Hayes and his charges were instrumental in capturing the school’s first-ever Vic Bubas Cup, the league’s all-sports trophy, in 2001, when the track programs garnered three SBC titles. The teams played a significant role Men’s Outdoor: 1971 - 25th; 1972 - 22nd; 1973 - 25th; 1974 - 17th; 1976 - 19th; 2003 - 17th; 2007 - 21st Men’s Cross Country: 1966 - 14th Ohio Valley Conference Titles (29) Women’s Indoor: 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996 Men’s Indoor: 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993, 2000 Women’s Outdoor: 1991, 1994, 1996 Men’s Outdoor: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994 Men’s Cross Country: 1983 Sun Belt Conference Championships (15) Women’s Indoor: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Men’s Indoor: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 Women’s Outdoor: 2000, 2005 Men’s Outdoor: 2001, 2006, 2007 Honors United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame: 2008 Mason-Dixon Athletic Club Hall of Fame: 2005 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame: 1994 Illinois Sports Hall of Fame: 1993 Blue Raider Hall of Fame: 1982 OVC Coach of the Year (15): 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000 Sun Belt Coach of the Year (13): 2000 (1), 2001 (3), 2002 (2), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (2), 2007 (1), 2009 (1) NCAA Outdoor Coach of the Year: 1981

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in Middle Tennessee winning the Bubas Cup in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 as well. Hayes has indeed put Middle Tennessee on the world map in terms of collegiate track and field. However, Hayes’ experience is not limited to the collegiate level. He has coached several teams sponsored by either the United States Olympic Committee or USA Track and Field. His international experience began at the first Olympic Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo. (1978), and has included working as the head coach at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan (1985); Goodwill Games in Seattle, Wash. (1990); World Cup in London, England (1994); World Championships in Athens, Greece (1997); and again at the Goodwill Games in New York City (1998). The Naperville, Ill., native also has served as an assistant at several international meets. In addition to the first Olympic Sports Festival, Hayes worked as an assistant at the World University Games in Bucharest, Romania (1981), the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland (1983), and the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea (1988). Because of Hayes’ international success, numerous foreign athletes have sought out Middle Tennessee as their college of choice. Hayes’ most successful collegiate athletes at Middle Tennessee have competed in the NCAA triple jump, an event in which Hayes specializes. He coached NCAA champions Tommy Haynes (1974) and Barry McClure (1972, 1973) as well as NCAA high hurdle champion Dionne Rose (1994) and his most recent national champion, Blue Raider Mardy Scales in the 100meters (2003). Hayes also guided Roland McGhee to nine All-American honors, and both McClure and Greg Artis won All-American honors seven times.

Asst. Coach Keith Vroman Keith Vroman begins his sixth season at Middle Tennessee and his second as a full-time assistant for the Blue Raiders. Vroman is currently in his ninth year of coaching and brings with him the experience of two distance running programs steeped in tradition, Eastern Kentucky University and Grand Valley State University. Vroman’s experience in distance running has helped the Blue Raider cross country teams make consistent strides in addition to strong showings during the distance events in the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Seven men and three women have earned All-Sun Belt honors under Vroman’s tutelage, including at least one male in each of the last five years. Vroman was hired full-time during the summer of 2007 and helps in all areas of the program, including recruiting and meet management. The Ludington, Mich., native earned his bachelor’s in physical education, his master’s in health education and an M.S. in sports administration at Eastern Kentucky, where he competed in cross country and the steeplechase.

Asst. Coach Roger Kerr Middle Tennessee assistant track and field coach Roger

Kerr has quite an extensive resume, which includes more experiences than most head coaches around the country. Then again, Kerr has a solid history as a head coach. The former head coach at Arizona State, Illinois State and Evansville is still involved in collegiate track and field competition for one simple reason – the Iowa native enjoys teaching and working with young athletes. In his 12 previous years with the Blue Raiders, Kerr has focused much of his energy on working with sprinters, hurdlers and weights. Kerr also deals with team equipment and helps with recruiting duties. Kerr earned his bachelor’s and master’s in physical education at the University of Iowa, where he was a three-year star on the track and field team. By the time Kerr graduated from Iowa in 1963, he held Hawkeye records in the 600 and 660 as well as a share of the indoor and outdoor mile relay. Both the 600 and 660 records stood for more than 20 years. Upon earning his master’s, Kerr became the head coach at the University of Evansville for both men’s track and field and cross country before moving on to Purdue University. In his six years at Purdue, Kerr served as head coach of the men’s cross country team while working as an assistant to the men’s track and field program. Kerr also earned his Ph.D. in educational administration while at Purdue.

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2009 Schedule



Belmont Invitational

UTC Opener

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep. 4 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville, Tenn. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belmont Univ. Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Percy Warner Park Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5K Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4K

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep. 11 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chattanooga, Tenn. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chattanooga Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moccasin Bend Golf Course Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5K Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Mile

28th WKU Old Timers Classic

Greater Louisville Classic

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep. 19 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m. Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bowling Green, Ky. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Western Kentucky Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kereiakes Park Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Miles Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5K

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 3 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m. Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisville, Ky. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisville Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8K Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5K

UTC Invitational

Sun Belt Championships

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 17 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m. Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chattanooga, Tenn. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chattanooga Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moccasin Bend Golf Course Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Miles Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5K

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 31 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m. Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monroe, La. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisiana-Monroe Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chenault Park Golf Course Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8K Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5K

NCAA South Regional

NCAA Championships

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 15 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuscaloosa, Ala. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harry Pritchett Running Park Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10K Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6K

Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 23 Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA Meet Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terre Haute, Ind. Meet Host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Indiana State Course . . . . . . . . . . Wabash Valley Family Sport Center Men’s Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10K Women’s Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6K

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T H E B L U E

Festus Chemaoi 2008 All-Sun Belt

R A I D E R S


2009 Men’s Roster



Name

Height Weight Class Hometown

Previous School

Philip Benavides

6-1

165

Sr.

Knoxville, Tenn.

Knoxville Catholic HS

Isaac Biwott

5-9

130

Jr.

Burnt Forest, Kenya Kapngetuny Boys HS

Festus Chemaoi

5-9

128

Jr.

Ainabkoi, Kenya

Kapngetuny Boys HS

David Emery

6-3

154

Jr.

Pinckney, Mich.

Pinckney HS

Julius Kirui

5-9

129

Sr.

Kapsabet, Kenya

Kapngetuny Boys HS

Chris Mason

5-10

135

So.

Auburn, N.Y.

Auburn HS (SUNY Delhi)

William Songock

5-9

116

Sr.

Moiben, Kenya

Uasin Gishu HS

Josh Wheeler

5-10

155

Sr.

Milwaukee, Wis.

Riverside HS (Concordia Wis.)

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Philip Benavides Sr. • 6-1 • 165 Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Catholic HS

2008 XC: Did not run. 2007 XC: Came in 11th at the UTC FrontRunner Invitational (5K) in 16:59 ... Finished 33rd at Sun Belt Championships (5M) in 27:30.91 ... Placed 39th at Belmont Opener (5K) in 16:43.71 and 38th at UTC Powerade Invitational (5K) in 17:08 ... Finished 43rd at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) in 28:03.71 and 191st at Louisville Classic (8K) in 27:14.18. 2006 XC: Finished 34th in 30:40.70 at the WKU Old Timers Classic (8K) ... Placed 35th in 17:27 at the UTC FrontRunner Invitational (5K) ... Finished 39th in 17:29 at the UTC Opener (5K) ... Came in 53rd at the Sun Belt Championships (8K) in 28:35.48. High School: Two-year letterwinner in track and cross country at Knoxville Catholic HS ... Region and metro champion and finished third in state for two miles ... Holds school record for two miles ... Also lettered three years in soccer. Personal: Philip Austin Benavides ... Son of Dolly Young and Phil Benavides ... Born February 21, 1988 ... Majoring in Business Administration.

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Isaac Biwott Jr. • 5-9 • 130 Burnt Forest, Kenya Kapngetuny HS 2007 All-Sun Belt Cross Country

2008 XC: Placed third in 17:49 at the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) ... Came in 11th in 15:49 at the UTC Invitational (5K) ... Placed 14th at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) in 27:15.20 ... Placed 18th at the Sun Belt Championships (8K) running a time of 26:22.79 ... Finished 18th in 16:04.61 at the Belmont Opener (5K) ... Ran 28th at the Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) with a time of 26:44.91 ... Finished the season running 80th at the NCAA Southeast Regional (10K) in 34:19.19. 2007 XC: Earned All-Sun Belt honors upon placing 10th at Sun Belt Championships (5M), 26:09.38 ... Came in eighth at the UTC FrontRunner Invitational (5K) in 16:05 ... Placed 23rd at the UTC Powerade Invitational (5K) in 16:09 and 27th at the Old Timers Classic (5M) in 26:53.24 ... Ran 104th at the Louisville Classic (8K) in 25:47.68. Before Middle Tennessee: Ran track for Elijah Kiprokos and attended Olaare Primary and Kapngetuny HS in Eldoret, Kenya. Personal: Isaac Kiptanui Biwott ... Son of Simion and Sarah Biwott ... Born August 15, 1986 ... Cousin Julius Kosgei was an All-American at Harding Univ.

Isaac’s 2008 Cross Country Results Date

08/30 09/05 09/13 09/20 10/04 10/18 11/01 11/15



Event

Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) Belmont Opener (5K) Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) Greater Louisville Classic (8K) UTC Invitational (5K) Sun Belt Championship (8K) NCAA Regional Meet (10K)

Time

17:49 16:04.61 26:44.91 27:15.20 25:29.62 15:49 26:22.79 34:19.19

Finish

3rd 18th 28th 14th 82nd 11th 18th 80th

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Festus Chemaoi Jr. • 5-9 • 128 Ainobkoi, Kenya Kapngetuny HS 2008 All-Sun Belt Cross Country

2008 XC: Earned All-Sun Belt honors, placing eighth at the Sun Belt Championships (8K) finishing in 25:57.97 ... Won the season opener at the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) in 17:13 and finished ninth at the Belmont Opener (5K) in 15:54.35 ... Placed sixth at the UTC FrontRunner (5K) in 15:28 and eighth at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) in 26:07.60 ... Came in 25th at the Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) in 26:31.55 and 45th and at the Greater Louisville Classic (8K) in 25:00.48 for a season best ... Finished the season at the NCAA Southeast Regional (10K) with a time of 33:40.88 placing 56th overall. 2007 XC: Won his first collegiate event, finishing 5K course at Belmont Opener in 15:12.45 ... Placed fourth at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) in 25:27.91 ... Won the UTC FrontRunner Invitational (5K) in 15:16 ... Had a mishap at the Sun Belt Championships (5M) in which his shoe came off during the race, which pushed him back to 11th in 26:15.91 ... Placed 23rd at Louisville Classic (8K) in 24:39.38...Finished 49th at NCAA South Regional (10K) in 32:33.99. Before Middle Tennessee: Voted Cross Country Athlete of the Year twice at Kapngetuny HS and won secondary schools cross country championship once. Personal: Festus Kipchirchir Chemaoi ... Son of David Chemaoi and Nelly Kiplagat ... Born November 20, 1986.

Festus’ 2008 Cross Country Results Date Event 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 09/05 Belmont Opener (5K) 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) 09/20 WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) 10/04 Greater Lousiville Classic (8K) 10/18 UTC Invitational (5K) 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (8K) 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (10K)

Time 17:13 15:54.35 26:31.55 26:07.60 25:00.48 15:28 25:57.97 33:40.88

Finish 1st 9th 25th 8th 45th 6th 8th 56th

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David Emery Jr. • 6-3 • 154 Pinckney, Mich. Pinckney HS

2008 All-Sun Belt Cross Country

2008 XC: Earned All-Sun Belt honors, placing ninth at the Sun Belt Championships (8K) in 26:01.54 ... Came in fourth at the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) at 18:01 and 11th at the Belmont Opener, finishing with a time of 15:54.87 ... Came in seventh at the UTC Invitational (5K) in 15:29 ... Finished 28th in 26:44.91 at the Memphis Twilight Classic and 17th in 27:38.30 at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) ... Placed 63rd at the Greater Louisville Classic (8K) in 25:18.10. 2007 XC: Did not run because of injury. High School: Ran three years of cross country and four years of track for coach Tom Carney at Pinckney HS ... Won the 2006 state cross country individual championship was and a member of cross country state team championships as junior and senior ... Individual state champion in 3200 meters and runner-up in 1600 meters as senior and also All-American in 4xMile relay ... Top times included 1:56.6 in 800 meters, 4:12.2 in 1600 meters, 9:22.02 in 3200 meters and 15:34 in the 5000 meters ... Also lettered three years in swimming. Personal: David Curtis Emery ... Son of Donald and Kimberly Emery ... Born March 1, 1989.

David’s 2008 Cross Country Results Date 08/30 09/05 09/13 09/20 10/04 10/18 11/01 11/15

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Event Agnus Scott Invitational (5K) Belmont Opener (5K) Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) Greater Louisville Classic (8K) UTC Invitational (5K) Sun Belt Championship (8K) NCAA South Regional Championships (10K)

Time 18:01 15:54.87 26:44.91 27:38.30 25:18.10 15:29 26:01.54 DNF

Finish 4th 11th 28th 17th 63rd 7th 9th

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Julius Kirui Sr. • 5-9 • 129 Kapsabet, Kenya Kapsabet HS

2008 XC: Started the season finishing fifth at the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) in 18:02 ... Placed 11th at the Sun Belt Championship (8K) in a time of 26:08.52 ... Ran a season-best 16:02 at the UTC FrontRunner Invitational (5K), placing 14th overall ... Finished 13th at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) in 27:38.30 ... Placed 32nd at the Belmont Opener, coming in at 16:31.02 ... Finished 27th at the Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) in 26:38.37 ... Went 73rd at the Greater Louisville Classic (8K) in 25:25.92. 2007 XC: Came in seventh at UTC FrontRunner Invitational (5K) in 16:02 ... Placed 14th at Sun Belt Championships (8K) in 26:18.10 ... Finished 16th at Belmont Opener (5K) in 15:52.16 ... Posted 18th-place showing at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) in 26:25.27 ... 27th at UTC Powerade Invitational (5K) in 16:18 ... Posted 85th finish at Louisville Classic (8K) in 25:42.19. High School: Attended Kapsabet Boys HS, the same secondary school as former Blue Raider Geoffrey Lagat ... Posted times of 15:02 in 5000 meters, 4:18 in 1500 meters, 2:03 in 800 meters, and 52.96 in 400 meters. Personal: Julius Kipngetich Kirui ... Son of Philiph K. Langat and Hellen C. Keino ... Born January 17, 1984.

Julius’ 2008 Cross Country Results Date 08/30 09/05 09/13 09/20 10/04 10/18 11/01 11/15

Event Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) Belmont Opener (5K) Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) WKU Old Timer’s Classic (5M) Greater Louisville Classic (8K) UTC FrontRunner Invitational (5K) Sun Belt Championship (8K) NCAA Regional Meet (10K)

Time 18:02 16:31.02 26:38.37 27:08.30 25:25.92 16:02 26:08.52 DNF

Finish 5th 32nd 27th 13th 73rd 14th 11th

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William Songock Sr. • 5-9 • 116 Moiben, Kenya Uasin Gishu HS 2006 All-Sun Belt Cross Country 2006 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year 2007 All-Sun Belt Cross Country

2008 XC: Finished second in both the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 17:31 and the Belmont Opener (5K) 15:15.89 ... Came in 10th at the Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) in 25:28.74 and sixth at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5M) in 25:50.80 ... Placed 15th in the Greater Louisville Classic (8K) coming in at 24:22.33 and fifth with a personal best at Middle Tennessee at the UTC Invitational (5K) in 15:20. 2007 XC: Earned All-Sun Belt honors for second straight season, placing eighth in 26:01.49 at the SBC Championships (8K) ... Finished fifth at the UTC FrontRunner Invitational in 15:45 (5K) ... Placed 14th at Belmont Opener in 15:51.63 (5K) and 19th at the UTC Powerade Invitational in 15:59 (5K) ... Posted 20thplace showing at the Old Timers Classic in 26:26.15 (5M) and was 55th at the Louisville Classic in 25:16.20 (8K) ... Finished 73rd at the NCAA South Regional in 33:29.94 (10K). 2006 XC: Earned All-Sun Belt honors after placing seventh in 25:09.62 over 8K at the Sun Belt Championships, the fastest time by a Blue Raider runner in more than six years ... Placed second in 25:13.94 over 8K at first collegiate event at Louisville Classic. Before Middle Tennessee: Member of track and handball teams at Uasin Gishu HS in Eldoret, Kenya ... Academic representative, chairman of the science club and vice president of the Adventist Society. Personal: William Kipkosgei Songock ... Son of Jonah Songock and Monica Keter ... Born July 5, 1986 ... Uncle Martin Tabutt named best jumper and 800 meter runner in high school ... Majoring in Nursing/Pre-Med.

William’s 2008 Cross Country Results Date 08/30 09/05 09/13 09/20 10/04 10/18 11/01

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Event Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) Belmont Opener (5K) Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) WKU Old Timer’s Classic (5M) Greater Louisville Classic (8K) UTC Invitational (5K) Sun Belt Championships (8K)

Time 17:31 15:15.89 25:28.74 25:50.80 24:22.33 15:20 DNF

Finish 2nd 2nd 10th 6th 15th 5th

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XC Newcomers Chris Mason Jr • 5-10 • 135 Auburn, N.Y. Auburn HS (SUNY Delhi)

Before Middle Tennessee: Mason produced an incredible NJCAA career, boasting back-to-back championships in NJCAA Division III Cross Country (2007 and 2008), NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field 10,000 meters (2008 and 2009) and NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field 5,000 meters (2008 and 2009) at SUNY Delhi... He is the only male athlete ever to repeat as individual champion in D III cross country. High School: Four-year cross country letterwinner and three-year indoor and outdoor track letterwinner at Auburn High School.

Josh Wheeler Sr. • 5-10 • 155 Milwaukee, Wis. Riverside HS (Concordia Wis.)

2008 XC: Placed 63rd at the Sun Belt Championships in 29:58.84. High School: Attended Riverside High School in Milwaukee, Wis. ... Lettered in cross county, basketball and track ... Coached by Andrea Gremer ... All-Conference cross country. Personal: Joshua Wheeler...Son of Deborah Wheeler ... Mother, Deborah, is an assistant principal ... Born August 11, 1987 ... Majoring in Accounting ... Transferred from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wis.

Personal: Chris Mason ... Son of Wayne Mason and Christine Lockrow ... Born January 10, 1989 ... Majoring in Business Administration.

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2009 Women’s Roster

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Name

Height Class

Hometown

Previous School

Marla Bailey

5-9

Jr.

Barrie, Ontario

Barrie Central HS

Kayla Bryan

5-5

Fr.

Knoxville, Tenn.

Karns HS

Samantha Hunt

5-6

Fr.

Gaylord, Mich.

Gaylord HS

Amber Kassuba

5-4

Fr.

Vanderbilt, Mich.

Gaylord HS

Alissa Ruggle

5-2

Fr.

Manhattan, Kan.

Riley County HS

Zamzam Sangau 5-6

Sr.

Kampala, Uganda

Kyambog University

Jackline Serem

5-1

So.

Rift Valley, Kenya

Sacho HS

Stephanie Smith

5-4

Fr.

Aurora, Ontario

Dr. G.W. Williams S.S.

Kristen Tithof

5-6

So.

Friendsville, Tenn.

William Blount HS

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Marla Bailey Jr. • 5-9 Barrie, Ontario Barrie Central Collegiate 2007 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year

2008 XC: Came in third at the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) in 21:17 and Belmont Opener (4K) in 15:16.10 ... Placed seventh at the UTC Invitational (2M) in 11:43 ... Finished the season with 11th at the Sun Belt Championships (5K) with a time of 19:12.71 ... Came in 13th at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) in 19:23.20 ... Ran 42nd at the Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) in 19:57.18 ... Finished 70th in the Greater Louisville Classic (5K) posting a personal best of 18:45.34. 2007 XC: Earned SBC Freshman of the Year honors after placing 13th at the Sun Belt Championships (5K) in 18:50.22 ... Came in eighth at the UTC FrontRunner Invitational (2M) in 11:47 ... Placed 25th at the UTC Powerade Invitational (2M) in 12:26 ... Posted a 36th showing at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) in 19:43.27 ... Finished 72nd at the Louisville Classic (5K) in 19:08.80. High School: Ran track and cross country for coach Dave Small at Barrie Central Collegiate ... Placed first in the GBSSA as freshman and sophomore and 10th at the Canadian XC meet in 2004 ... Finished first in the 1500 and 3000-meters at the GBSSA and 5th at the OFSSA as freshman ... Best times include 4:52 in the 1500, 10:27 in the 3000 and 18:57 in the 5000 meters ... Student council president and member of the Honor Roll. Personal: Marla Blair Bailey ... Daughter of Joe and Lori Bailey ... Born May 22, 1989 ... Mother finished seventh at the Mountain Bike World Championships, and father is ranked in the Top 3 in Canada in mountain biking.

Marla’s 2008 Cross Country Results Date 08/30 09/05 09/13 09/20 10/04 10/18 11/01 11/15

Event Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) Belmont Opener (4K) Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) Greater Louisville Classic (5K) UTC Invitational (2M) Sun Belt Championship (5K) NCAA Regional Meet (6K)

Time 21:17 15:16.10 19:57.18 19:23.20 18:45.34 11:43 9:12.71 23:16.68

Finish 3rd 16th 42nd 13th 70th 7th 11th 74th

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Zamzam Sangau Sr. • 5-6 Kampala, Uganda Kyambog 2007 All-Sun Belt Cross Country 2007 All-NCAA South Region 2008 Sun Belt Championship Runner-Up 2008 All-NCAA South Region

2008 XC: Two-time 2008 Sun Belt Runner of the Week and finished second overall at the Sun Belt Championships (5K) in 17:45.89 ... Earned All-South Regional honors, placing 16th at the NCAA Regionals (6K) in Maryville, Tenn., in 21:33.69 ... Won the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) in 20:30 ... Won the UTC Invitational (2M) in 11:07 ... Posted a second-place showing at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) in 17:55.10 ... Placed fifth at the Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) in 18:09.78 ... Finished seventh at the Belmont Opener (2M) in 14:50.81 ... Came in 13th at the Greater Louisville Classic (5K), posting a season-best time of 17:44.07. 2007 XC: Earned All-Sun Belt honors, All-South Region accolades and All-Conference, finishing 19th at the NCAA South Regional (6K) in 21:26.55 and placing third at Sun Belt Championships (5K) in 18:01.50 ... Won the UTC FrontRunner Invitational (2M) in 11:01 ... Came in fourth at the UTC Powerade Invitational (2M) in 11:23 ... Placed 12th at the Belmont Opener (4K) in 15:01.35 ... Finished 13th at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) in 18:17.31 and 14th at the Louisville Classic (5K) in 17:50.13. Before Middle Tennessee: Attended Kyambogo University for one year ... Participated in track, cross country and volleybal ... Named Outstanding Sports woman in all three sports at Kibuli Primary Teachers School ... Best times include 4:45 in the 1500 meters. Personal: Zamzam Sangau...Daughter of Sangau and Marian Abdul ... Born April 8, 1987 ... Brother Rajab Sangau plays volleyball, handball, and basketball, and brother Ahmed Sangau plays cricket and runs track ... Majoring in Liberal Studies.

Zamzam’s 2008 Cross Country Results Date 08/30 09/05 09/13 09/20 10/04 10/18 11/01 11/15

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Event Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) Belmont Opener (4K) Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) Greater Louisville Classic (5K) UTC Invitational (2M) Sun Belt Champioship (5K) NCAA Regional Meet (6K)

Time 20:30 14:50.81 18:09.78 17:55.10 17:44.07 11:07 17:45.89 21:33.69

Finish 1st 7th 5th 2nd 13th 1st 2nd 16th

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Kristen Tithof So. • 5-6 Friendsville, Tenn. William Blount HS

2008 XC: Came in fourth at the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) in 22:15 and 47th at the Belmont Opener (4K) in 16:04.06 ... Came in 14th at the UTC Invitational (2M) in 12:23 ... Ran 18th at the WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) in 20:10.50 ... Finished with a season best in 19:45.18 placing 20th at the Sun Belt Championship finishing 19:45.18 ... Finished 47th at the Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) in 20:04.73 ... Placed 169th in the Greater Louisville Classic in 20:00.64. High School: Attended William Blount High School in Maryville, TN ... Lettered in track and field all four years of high school and lettered in cross country sophomore through senior years under coach Chris Frary ... Cross country regional champion 2005 and 2006 ... All region cross country 2007 ... All-state cross country 2005, 2006, and 2007 ... All state track 2006 ... Graduated top 10 in high school class. Personal: Kristen Tithof ... Born November 16, 1989 ... Mother is a professor of veterinary science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville ... Majoring in Biology.

Kristen’s 2008 Cross Country Results Date 08/30 09/05 09/13 09/20 10/04 10/18 11/01 11/15

Event Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) Belmont Opener (4K) Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) WKU “Old Timers” Classic (5K) Greater Lousiville Classic (5K) UTC Invitational (2M) Sun Belt Champioship (5K) NCAA Regional Meet (6K)

Time 22:15 16:04.06 20:04.73 20:10.50 20:00.64 12:23 19:45.18 24:23.31

Finish 4th 47th 47th 18th 169th 14th 20th 121st

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XC Newcomers Kayla Bryan Fr. • 5-5 Knoxville, Tenn. Karns HS

Alissa Ruggle Fr. • 5-2 Manhattan, Kan. Riley County HS

High School: Lettered in cross country High School: Two-time cross country 2005-08 and lettered in track 2006letterwinner and two-time track let08 under coaches Erin Chady and terwinner under coach Garry Sigle... Marty Sonnenfeldt. All state and academic all state cross country as a senior...State champion 4x800 meters as a junior and Personal: Kayla Marie Bryan ... Daughter of Philip and state champion 1600 meters as a senior. Donna Bryan ... Born November 8, 1990 ... Major is undecided. Personal: Alissa Ruggle ... Daughter of Kevin and Kristi Ruggle ... Born December 16, 1990 ... Majoring in PreMed.

Samantha Hunt

Jackline Serem

High School: All Michigan Cross Country 2006-07 and All Region 2005-08 under coach Jeff Kalember.

2008 XC: Placed 39th at the UTC Frontrunner Invitational (2M) in 14:16 for the Blue Raiders.

Personal : Samantha Hunt ... Daughter of Ed and Cathy Hunt ... Born October 15, 1991 ... Majoring in Physical Education.

Personal: Jackline Jepchirchir Serem ... Daughter of David and Elizabeth Serem ... Lettered in track running the 3000K ... Majoring in Nursing.

Fr. • 5-6 Gaylord, Mich. Gaylord HS

Amber Kassuba Fr. • 5-4 Vanderbilt, Mich. Gaylord HS

High School: All-state 2006-07 cross country, all region 2006-08, and a member of the 2007 Michigan State Championship team under coach Jeff Kalember...Earned the Governor’s Service Award and Youth Spirit of Volunteerism Award of Otsego County. Personal: Amber Kassuba ... Daughter of Jill and Vern Kassuba ... Born March 3, 1991 ... Majoring in Exercise Science.

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So. • 5-1 Rift Valley, Kenya Sacho HS

Stephanie Smith Fr. • 5-4 Aurora, Ontario Dr. G.W. Williams S.S.

High School: Three-time cross country letterwinner and four-time track letterwinner under coaches Tania DeVires and Maria Moreau...Cross country and track regional champion. Personal: Stephanie Smith ... Daughter of Stuart and Susan Smith ... Born April, 25, 1990 ... OFSAA Champion in the 800, 1500 and 3000 meters ... Majoring in Political Science.

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2008 Season Review Men’s The Blue Raiders’ 2008 men’s cross country campaign marked another strong year for the program as the team finished in the top third of all races entered expect an eighth place result at the Greater Louisville Classic, the lowest finish of the year. The men began the season with a fast start at the Agnes Scott Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., where the team placed a perfect first, second, third, fourth and fifth easily taking first place in the team competition. Led by Festus Chemaoi, the entire squad finished within 45 seconds of each other. Junior William Songock stole many of the early season headlines. The 2008 Sun Belt Outdoor track 5,000 meters champion did not lose a step over the summer, taking second place in his first two races. Songock finished one second behind winner Caleb Swartz of Belmont University at the Belmont-Vanderbilt Opener. The team placed second overall behind Belmont. The team then competed in four races that as tune-up opportunities: chances to run longer courses against stronger competition before taking the field at the Sun Belt Championships in Bowling Green, Ky. Highlights included a fourth-place team finish at the Memphis Twilight Classic and all male runners setting season-best times in an 8,000 meter race at the Greater Louisville Classic. Heading into the conference championships, Middle Tennessee was projected top team in the Sun Belt coaches’ poll. Unfortunately, the team finished third behind champions Western Kentucky and runner-up UALR after William Songock was unable to finish due to an injury. Festus Chemaoi and David Emery were named to the All-Sun Belt team for the first time in both of their collegiate careers.

Coach Hayes & William Songock at the 2008 SBC Championships

Like the men’s team, the women began the season at the Agnes Scott Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., taking the top four finishing positions. Sangau led the women, taking first overall, with Comstock and Bailey taking second and third, respectively. Sangau continued her dominance throughout the season, earning top 10 finishing spots in five of the next six races including a first-place finish at the UTC Invitational with a time of 11:07 in the two-mile race. Teammates Bailey and Comstock also recorded top ten finishes at the UTC Invitational placing seventh and ninth, respectively. The women’s conference season ended at the Sun Belt Championships in Bowling Green, Ky., where, as predicted in the SBC coaches poll, the team placed second overall behind host Western Kentucky. Sangau highlighted her season finishing second overall with Coming off a third-place finish at the 2007 Comstock finishing ninth for the second All-Sun Belt conference championships, the Middle Tennessee award of her career. The team concluded its season women’s squad continued to enjoy success in 2008. Led at the NCAA South Regional Meet, placing 17th with by 2007 All-Sun Belt Zamzam Sangau, 2007 Sun Belt Sangau finishing 16th for her second straight All-NCAA Freshman of the Year Marla Bailey, and 2005 All-Sun South Regional Team accolade. Bailey and Comstock Belt Ashley Comstock the team finished second in the were the next Middle Tennessee finishers, placing 74th conference, the highest since joining the league. and 77th, respectively.

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2008 Men’s Results INDIVIDUAL RESULTS Isaac Biwott

Date Event Time Finish 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 17:49 3 09/05 Belmont Opener (5K) 16:04.61 18 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) 26:44.91 28 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5M) 27:15.20 14 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (8K) 25:29.62 82 10/18 UTC Invitational (5K) 15:49 11 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (8K) 26:22.79 18 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (10K) 34:19.19 80

Festus Chemaoi

Date Event Time Finish 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 17:13 1 09/05 Belmont Opener (5K) 15:54.35 9 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) 26:31.55 25 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5M) 26:07.60 8 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (8K) 25:00.48 45 10/18 UTC Invitational (5K) 15:28 6 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (8K) 25:57.97 8 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (10K) 33:40.88 56

1. Belmont 36 2. Middle Tennessee 72 3. Vanderbilt 75 4. Lipscomb 82 5. Samford 116 6. Austin Peay 128 7. UT Martin 214 8. Bethel College 225 9. Lambuth 258 Top MT Finisher: William Songock (2)

14. Western Kentucky 384 15. Shorter College 474 16. Lindenwood 484 17. Detriot Mercy 488 19. Davidson College 549 20. Bellarmine 567 21. Shawnee State 572 22. Mississippi 578 23. Alabama-Huntsville 609 24. Lipscomb 656 25. Missouri Univ. of Science & T 681 26. Western Carolina 713 27. Cumberland 720 28. North Carolina-Asheville 741 29. Winthrop 764 30. Lee 776 31. Wright State 797 32. Mars Hill College 849 33. Berea College 925 Top MT Finisher: William Songock (15)

Memphis Twilight Classic (09/13 - 8K)

UTC Invitational (10/18 - 5K)

Agnes Scott Invitational (08/30 - 5K) 1. Middle Tennessee 15 2. Maryville College 40 Top MT Finisher: Festus Chemaoi (1)

Belmont Opener (09/05 - 5K)

Date Event Time (Finish) 10/18 UTC Invitational (5K) 20:04 (36) 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (8K) 34:05.70 (70)

1. Harding Univ. 38 2. Eastern Kentucky 46 3. Kentucky 53 4. Middle Tennessee 127 5. UALR 165 6. Texas A&M-Commerce 181 7. Alabama-Huntsville 215 8. San Jose State 246 9. Christian Brothers 266 10. Austin Peay 290 11. Univ. of Cumberlands 330 12. Central Arkansas 335 13. Birmingham Southern 347 14. Memphis 350 15. Morehouse College 450 16. Mississippi College 462 17. West Alabama 480 18. UT Martin 510 19. North Alabama 520 20. Blue Mountain College 563 21. St. Louis College of Pharmacy 611 22. Tulane 635 23. Brescia Univ. 638 24. Bethel College 639 25. Xavier (LA) Univ. 661 26. Campbellsville 733 27. Arkansas State 737 28. Lambuth 802 29. Univ. of Dallas 819 Top MT Finisher: William Songock (10)

Roscoe Payne

WKU “Old Timers” Classic (09/20 - 5 Mile)

David Emery

Date Event Time Finsh 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 18:01 4 09/05 Belmont Opener (5K) 15:54.87 11 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) 26:44.91 28 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5M) 27:38.30 17 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (8K) 25:18.10 63 10/18 UTC Invitational (5K) 15:29 7 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (8K) 26:01.54 9 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (10K) DNF

Julius Kirui

Date Event Time (Finish) 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 18:02 (5) 09/05 Belmont Opener (5K) 16:31.02 (32) 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) 26:38.37 (27) 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5M) 27:08.30 (13) 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (8K) 25:25.92 (73) 10/18 UTC Invitational (5K) 16:02 (14) 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (8K) 26:08.52 (11) 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (10K) DNF

Darnell McCurdy

Date Event 11/01 Sun Belt Championship

Time (Finish) DNF

Date Event Time (Finish) 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 17:31 (2) 09/05 Belmont Opener (5K) 15:15.89 (2) 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) 25:28.74 (10) 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5M) 25:50.80 (6) 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (8K) 24:22.33 (15) 10/18 UTC Invitational (5K) 15:20 (5) 11/01 Sun Belt Championships (8K) DNF

Josh Wheeler

Date Event 11/01 Sun Belt Championship

No team scoring Top MT Finisher: William Songock (6)

Greater Lousiville Classic (10/04 - 8K)

William Songock

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TEAM MEET RESULTS

Time Finish 29:58.84 63

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Southern Illinois Eastern Kentucky Rend Lake College Lousiville Tennessee Belmont Georgia State Middle Tennessee East Tennessee State Southern Indiana Southeast Missouri State Morehead State Northern Kentucky

77 91 120 127 218 224 233 251 275 287 324 357 382

1. Middle Tennessee 43 2. Emory 45 3. Chattanooga 53 4. Kennesaw State 69 5. Sewanee 135 6. Tennessee State 181 Top MT Finisher: William Songock (5)

Sun Belt Championship (11/01 - 8K) 1. Western Kentucky 50 2. UALR 94 3. Middle Tennessee 110 3. North Texas 110 5. South Alabama 153 6. Troy 159 7. Florida Atlantic 173 8. Florida International 177 9. UL-Monroe 183 10. UL-Lafayette 222 11. Arkansas State 231 Top MT Finisher: Festus Chemoai (8)

NCAA South Regional (11/15 - 10K) 1. Alabama 49 2. Auburn 59 3. Florida State 66 4. Florida 133 5. Tennessee 156 6. Mississippi St. 164 7. East Tennessee St. 165 8. Georgia State 227 9. Belmon 236 10. Georgia Tech 263 11. Chattanooga 284 12. Georgia 318 13. Vanderbilt 401 14. Mississippi 409 15. Samford 435 16. Troy 474 17. Lipscomb 501 Middle Tennessee NS Top MT Finisher: Festus Chemaoi (56)

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2008 Women’s Results INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TEAM MEET RESULTS

Marla Bailey Date Event Time Finish 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 21:17 3 09/05 Belmont Opener (4K) 15:16.10 16 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) 19:57.18 42 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5K) 19:23.20 13 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (5K) 18:45.34 70 10/18 UTC Invitational (2M) 11:43 7 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (5K) 9:12.71 11 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (6K) 23:16.68 74 Ashley Comstock Date Event Time Finish 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 20:53 2 09/05 Belmont Opener (4K) 15:20.40 22 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) 19:47.12 36 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5K) 19:02.20 9 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (5K) 18:50.96 78 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (5K) 19:04.84 9 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (6K) 21:33.69 16 TraMayne Gillyard Date Event Time Finish 09/05 Belmont Opener (4K) 21:46.71 74 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5K) 24:43.90 27 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (5K) 23:47.37 259 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (5K) 24:18.12 67 Sarah Nambawa Date Event Time Finish 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) 26:35.20 215 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (5K) 22:25.51 57 Ashleigh Thaler Date Event Time Finish 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 23:36 9 09/05 Belmont Opener (4K) 17:05.92 57 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) 21:16.61 91 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5K) 21:07.90 22 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (5K) 19:46.84 147 10/18 UTC Invitational (2M) 12:30 15 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (5K) 20:17.92 32 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (6K) 24:20.10 118 Zamzam Sangau Date Event Time Finish 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 20:30 1 09/05 Belmont Opener (4K) 14:50.81 7 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) 18:09.78 5 09/20 WKU Old Timers Classic (5K) 17:55.10 2 10/04 Greater Louisville Classic (5K) 17:44.07 13 10/18 UTC Invitational (2M) 11:07 1 11/01 Sun Belt Championship (5K) 17:45.89 2 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (6K) 21:33.69 16 Kristen Tithof Date Event Time Finish 08/30 Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 22:15 4 09/05 Belmont Opener (4K) 16:04.06 47 09/13 Memphis Twilight Classic (5K) 20:04.73 47 09/20 WKU Old Timer’s Classic (5K) 20:10.50 18 10/04 Greater Lousiville Classic (5K) 20:00.64 169 10/18 UTC Invitational (2M) 12:23 14 11/01 Sun Belt Champioship (5K) 19:45.18 20 11/15 NCAA Regional Meet (6K) 24:23.31 121 Jackie Serem 10/18 UTC Invitational (2M)

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Agnes Scott Invitational (08/30 - 5K) 1. Middle Tennessee 19 2. Converse College 42 3. Clark-Atlanta 122 4. Salem College 126 5. Maryville College 135 6. Brenau University 136 7. Spellman College 196 8. Wesleyan College 220 9. Agnes Scott College 220 10. Midway College 251 11. Peace College 261 Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (1) Belmont Opener (09/05 - 4K) 1. Vanderbilt 44 2. Tennessee 83 3. UAB 94 t4. Samford 98 t4. Alabama 98 6. Middle Tennessee 149 7. Belmont 180 8. Lipscomb 196 9. Austin Peay 214 10. UT Martin 296 11. Bethel College 349 12. Crichton College 372 Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (7) Memphis Twilight Classic (09/13 - 5K) 1. Arkansas 22 2. Kentucky 75 3. UAB 119 4. Eastern Kentucky 128 5. San Jose State 165 6. Tulane 184 7. Middle Tennessee 221 8. Harding Univ. 240 9. Alabama-Huntsville 266 10. UALR 345 11. Arkansas State 350 12. Austin Peay 369 13. Arkansas Tech 374 14. North Alabama 431 15. Birmingham Southern 449 16. Union Univ. 524 17. UT Martin 540 18. Mississippi College 546 19. Central Arkansas 551 20. Memphis 596 21. Campbellsville 615 22. Univ. of Cumberlands 630 23. Southern Miss 652 24. Univ. of Dallas 689 25. West Alabama 695 26. St. Louis College of Pharmacy 700 27. Ouachita Baptist 722 28. Xavier (LA) Univ. 758 29. Brescia Univ. 762 30. Southern Arkansas 816 31. Blue Mountain College 873 32. Delta State 888 33. Christian Brothers 909 34. Bethel College 951 35. Lyon College 986 36. Arkansas-Monticello 1001 Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (5)

WKU Old Timers Classic (09/20 - 5K) No Team Scoring Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (2) Greater Louisville Classic (10/04 - 5K) 1. Texas 79 2. Georgia State 198 3. UAB 201 4. Southern Illinois 202 5. Vanderbilt 207 6. Dayton 211 7. Lousiville 238 8. Southern Indiana 251 9. Eastern Kentucky 260 10. Western Kentucky 320 11. Davidson College 326 12. Murray State 333 t13. Findlay 345 t13. Rend Lake College 345 15. Southeast Missouri College 383 16. Middle Tennessee 430 17. Lipscomb 444 18. Western Carolina 451 19. Lindenwood 474 20. Alabama-Huntsville 480 21. Mississippi 560 22. William Woods 580 23. Bellarmine 587 24. Winthrop 590 25. Northern Kentucky 616 26. Wright State 658 27. Detriot Mercy 697 28. Shorter College 739 29. Morehead State 780 30. East Tennessee State 847 31. Missouri Univ. of Science & T 891 32. Mars Hill College 952 Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (13) UTC Invitational (10/18 - 2M) 1. Chattanooga 31 2. Kennesaw State 62 3. Middle Tennessee 69 4. Georgia Southern 95 5. Sewanee 128 6. Tennessee State 137 Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (1) Sun Belt Championship (11/01 - 5K) 1. Western Kentucky 32 2. Middle Tennessee 74 3. UALR 112 4. North Texas 113 5. South Alabama 132 6. Florida Atlantic 140 7. Florida International 166 Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (3) NCAA South Regional (11/15 - 6K) 1. Florida St. 41 2. Florida 64 3. Tennessee 116 4. Georgia 154 5. Auburn 156 6. UAB 198 7. Vanderbilt 200 8. Alabama 219 17. Middle Tennessee 396 Top MT Finisher: Zamzam Sangau (16)

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Men’s All-Time Conference Results 1963 OVC Cookeville CC, Cookeville, Tenn. 4 Miles 1. Murray State 2. Western Kentucky 3. Eastern Kentucky 4. Middle Tennessee 5. Tennessee Tech

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Western Kentucky 63 Eastern Kentucky 77 East Tennessee 78 Morehead State 126 Tennessee Tech 146 Middle Tennessee 170 Austin Peay 196

1964 OVC Men’s V.A. GC, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 4 Miles 1. Western Kentucky 42 2. Eastern Kentucky 43 3. Murray State 61 4. Tennessee Tech 86 5. East Tennessee 149 6. Austin Peay 153 7. Morehead State 196 8. Middle Tennessee 199

1969 OVC Men’s Bowling Green, Ky. 4 Miles 1. Murray State 49 2. East Tennessee 61 3. Western Tennessee 65 4. Eastern Kentucky 101 5. Morehead State 106 6. Tennessee Tech 140 7. Middle Tennessee 144 8. Austin Peay 230

1971 OVC Men’s Ironwood GC, Cookeville, Tenn. 10K 1. East Tennessee 28 2. Murray State 46 3. Morehead State 79 4. Middle Tennessee 121 5. Western Kentucky 124 6. Tennessee Tech 146 7. Eastern Kentucky 162 8. Austin Peay 195

1965 OVC Men’s Morehead Campus, Morehead, Ky. 4 Miles 1. Eastern Kentucky 15 2. Murray State 77 3. Tennessee Tech 90 4. Middle Tennessee 123 5. Morehead State 128 6. East Tennessee 153 7. Western Kentucky 158 8. Austin Peay 176

1970 OVC Men’s V.A. GC, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 10K 1. East Tennessee

1972 OVC Men’s V.A. Mountain Home, Johnson City, Tenn. 6 Miles 1. East Tennessee 20

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Murray State 80 Western Kentucky 93 Morehead State 104 Tennessee Tech 107 Middle Tennessee 110 Eastern Kentucky 118 Austin Peay 218

1966 OVC Men’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky. 4 Miles 1. Eastern Kentucky 27 2. Middle Tennessee 66 3. Tennessee Tech 96 4. Western Kentucky 106 5. Murray State 107 6. East Tennessee 116 7. Morehead State 168 8. Austin Peay 221 1967 OVC Men’s Clarksville GC, Clarksville, Tenn. 4 Miles 1. Eastern Kentucky 43 2. Tennessee Tech 52 3. Western Kentucky 80 4. East Tennessee 115 5. Middle Tennessee 127 6. Morehead State 134 7. Murray State 148 8. Austin Peay 190 1968 OVC Men’s V.A. Mountain Home, Johnson City, Tenn. 4 Miles 1. Murray State 54

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Murray State 76 Western Kentucky 76 Eastern Kentucky 76 Morehead State 126 Austin Peay 148 Middle Tennessee 166 Tennessee Tech 212

1973 OVC Men’s Morehead GC, Morehead Ky., 6 Miles 1. East Tennessee 35 2. Western Kentucky 37 3. Murray State 77 4. Eastern Kentucky 88 5. Morehead State 126 6. Austin Peay 153 7. Tennessee Tech 182 8. Middle Tennessee DQ 1974 OVC Men’s Murray CC, Murray, Ky., 6 Miles 1. Western Kentucky 22 2. East Tennessee 60 3. Murray State 62 4. Morehead State 136 5. Eastern Kentucky 138 6. Austin Peay 152 7. Tennessee Tech 163 8. Middle Tennessee 183 1975 OVC Men’s Arlington GC Richmond, Ky., 6 Miles 1. Western Kentucky 28 2. East Tennessee 41 3. Murray State 62 4. Morehead State 124 5. Eastern Kentucky 138 6. Tennessee Tech 163 7. Austin Peay 181 8. Middle Tennessee 215 1976 OVC Men’s Swan Lake GC, Clarksville, Tenn., 6 Miles 1. Western Kentucky 27 2. East Tennessee 38 3. Murray State 74 4. Eastern Kentucky 100 5. Morehead State 143 6. Tennessee Tech 188 7. Austin Peay 202 8. Middle Tennessee 215 1977 OVC Men’s Hobson Grove GC, Bowling Green, Ky., 10K 1. East Tennessee 20

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Murray State 42 Eastern Kentucky 98 Western Kentucky 107 Morehead State 136 Austin Peay 148 Middle Tennessee 157 Tennessee Tech 109

1978 OVC Men’s, 6 Miles 1. Western Kentucky 30 2. Murray State 50 3. Eastern Kentucky 71 4. Middle Tennessee 99 5. Morehead State 104 6. Austin Peay 185 7. Tennessee Tech 201 1979 OVC Men’s Ironwood GC, Cookeville, Tenn., 10K 1. Western Kentucky 15 2. Murray State 64 3. Eastern Kentucky 69 4. Akron 97 5. Middle Tennessee 116 6. Morehead State 159 7. Tennessee Tech 218 8. Austin Peay 243 1982 OVC Men’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 10K 1. Akron 29 2. Murray State 49 3. Middle Tennessee 79 4. Morehead State 100 5. Tennessee Tech 130 6. Austin Peay 169 7. Youngstown State 179 1983 OVC Men’s Akron CC, Akron, Ohio, 10K 1. Middle Tennessee 49 2. Murray State 52 3. Eastern Kentucky 71 4. Akron 89 5. Youngstown State 129 6. Morehead State 158 7. Tennessee Tech 197 8. Austin Peay 209 1984 OVC Men’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5 Miles 1. Eastern Kentucky 34 2. Akron 37 3. Middle Tennessee 98 4. Murray State 99

5. 6. 7. 8.

Morehead State Youngstown State Tennessee Tech Austin Peay

128 147 192 195

1985 OVC Men’s, Morehead State GC, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 5 Miles 1. Austin Peay 51 2. Murray State 65 3. Akron 69 4. Eastern Kentucky 71 5. Morehead State 101 6. Youngstown State 151 7. Middle Tennessee 210 8. Tennessee Tech 216 1986 OVC Men’s VA Hospital, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 5 Miles 1. Austin Peay 33 2. Murray State 53 3. Eastern Kentucky 60 4. Youngstown State 127 5. Morehead State 130 6. Tennessee Tech 159 7. Akron 161 8. Middle Tennessee 190 1987 OVC Men’s, Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5 Miles 1. Eastern Kentucky 2. Murray State t3. Youngstown State t3. Morehead State 5. Tennessee Tech 6. Austin Peay 7. Tennessee State 8. Middle Tennessee 1988 OVC Men’s Miller Memorial GC, Murray, Ky., 5 Miles 1. Morehead State 28 2. Eastern Kentucky 31 3. Murray State 75 4. Austin Peay 105 5. Tennessee Tech 125 6. Middle Tennessee 174 7. Tennessee State 209 1990 OVC Men’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 8K 1. Eastern Kentucky 25 2. Morehead State 50 3. Murray State 72 4. Austin Peay 82 5. Tennessee Tech 139

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Men’s All-Time Conference Results 6. Middle Tennessee 158 7. Tennessee State 189 1991 OVC Men’s Percy Warner, Nashville, Tenn., 8K 1. Eastern Kentucky 24 2. Murray State 58 3. Morehead State 68 4. SE Missouri State 101 5. Middle Tennessee 139 6. Tennessee Tech 156 7. Austin Peay 162 8. Tennessee State NS 1992 OVC Men’s Cole Park GC, Ft. Campbell, Ky., 5 Miles 1. Eastern Kentucky 23 2. SE Missouri State 58 3. Morehead State 74 4. Murray State 107 5. Tennessee Tech 145 6. Middle Tennessee 156 7. Austin Peay 193 8. Tennessee-Martin 228 9. Tennessee State 241 1993 OVC Men’s Morehead GC, Morehead Ky., 8K 1. Eastern Kentucky 17 2. SE Missouri State 51 3. Morehead State 79 4. Tennessee Tech 99 5. Austin Peay 123 6. Middle Tennessee 196 7. Tennessee-Martin 226 8. Tennessee State 258 1994 OVC Men’s Murray CC, Murray, Ky., 5 Mile 1. Eastern Kentucky 25 2. Morehead State 41 3. SE Missouri State 73 4. Tennessee Tech 116 5. Austin Peay 119 6. Murray State 177 7. Middle Tennessee 192 8. Tennessee-Martin 229 9. Tennessee State 235 1995 OVC Men’s Abe Stuber T&F Complex, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 8K 1. Morehead State 36 2. Eastern Kentucky 51 3. SE Missouri State 59 4. Murray State 123 5. Tennessee Tech 124

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Austin Peay Tennessee-Martin Middle Tennessee Tennessee State

143 197 201 222

1996 OVC Men’s 8K 1. Eastern Illinois 40 2. Morehead State 45 3. Eastern Kentucky 63 4. Murray State 122 5. SE Missouri State 152 6. Austin Peay 173 7. Tennessee Tech 189 8. Middle Tennessee 198 9. Tennessee-Martin 210 10. Tennessee State 260 1998 OVC Men’s Cane Creek, Cookeville, Tenn., 8K 1. Eastern Illinois 31 2. Eastern Kentucky 37 3. Murray State 83 4. Morehead State 92 5. Austin Peay 144 6. Tennessee Tech 166 7. Middle Tennessee 202 8. SE Missouri State 234 9. Tennessee State 279 1999 OVC Men’s Ft. Campbell GC, Fort Campbell, Ky., 8K 1. Eastern Kentucky 24 2. Eastern Illinois 42 3. Murray State 81 4. Morehead State 102 5. Austin Peay 183 6. Tennessee Tech 189 7. SE Missouri State 191 8. Middle Tennessee 204 9. Tennessee State 244 2000 SBC Men’s Murray Park, Little Rock, Ark., 8K 10/28/00 1. North Texas 56 2. Western Kentucky 66 3. UALR 119 4. Middle Tennessee 121 5. Louisiana Tech 132 6. Florida International 148 7. South Alabama 193 8. Louisiana-Lafayette 216 9. New Mexico State 225 10. Denver 228 11. Arkansas State 230 12. New Orleans 342

2001 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 10/27/01 1. UALR 56 2. North Texas 62 3. Western Kentucky 91 4. Florida International 112 5. Middle Tennessee 130 6. New Mexico State 154 7. Louisiana-Lafayette 175 8. South Alabama 206 9. Denver 209 10. Arkansas State 238 11. New Orleans 315 2002 SBC Men’s Denton, Texas, 8K 11/4/02 1. UALR 21 2. Western Kentucky 80 3. Middle Tennessee 89 4. Florida International 115 5. North Texas 118 6. New Mexico State 130 7. Louisiana-Lafayette 157 8. Denver 222 9. Arkansas State 240 10. South Alabama 285 11. New Orleans 298 2003 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 1. Western Kentucky 38 2. UALR 44 3. North Texas 82 4. Louisiana-Lafayette 136 5. South Alabama 157 6. Arkansas State 165 7. New Orleans 168 8. Middle Tennessee 201 9. New Mexico State 224 10. Florida International 252 2004 SBC Men’s Rebsamen GC, Little Rock, Ark., 8K 10/30/04 1. Louisiana-Layafette 58 2. Middle Tennessee 63 3. Western Kentucky 82 4. South Alabama 89 5. North Texas 126 6. Arkansas State 138 7. UALR 154 8. New Orleans 188 9. New Mexico State 240 10. Florida International 272 2005 SBC Men’s 8K Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 10/29/05

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Men’s All-Time Conference Results 1. Western Kentucky 67 2. North Texas 75 2. South Alabama 75 4. New Orleans 143 5. UALR 145 6. Troy 146 7. Arkansas State 161 8. Middle Tennessee 172 9. Florida International 186 10. Louisiana-Lafayette 214 2006 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Little Rock, Ark., 8K 10/28/06 1. Western Kentucky 39 2. Florida International 69 3. Florida Atlantic 103 4. UALR 104 5. Middle Tennessee 134 6. Louisana-Monroe 135 7. North Texas 140

8. Louisana-Lafayette 9. Arkansas State 10. South Alabama 11. Troy

200 213 254 287

2007 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 10/27/07 1. Western Kentucky 52 2. UALR 63 3. Middle Tennessee 69 4. Florida International 80 5. Florida Atlantic 138 6. North Texas 178 7. Arkansas State 207 8. Louisiana-Lafayette 211 9. Louisiana-Monroe 217 10. Troy 230 11. South Alabama 274

2008 SBC Men’s 8K Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 11/1/08 1. Western Kentucky 50 2. UALR 94 3. Middle Tennessee 110 3. North Texas 110 5. South Alabama 153 6. Troy 159 7. Florida Atlantic 173 8. Florida International 177 9. Louisiana-Monroe 183 10. Louisiana-Lafayette 222 11. Arkansas State 231

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Men’s Individual Conference Results 1963 OVC Cookeville CC, Cookeville, Tenn. 4 Miles 12. T. Williams 14. Phil Dickens 24. Paul Anderson 28. Phil Griffin 29. Fred Lazenby 30. Bill Eisele

22:13 22:18 23:14 23:42 24:00 24:53

1970 OVC Men’s VA GC, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 10K 15. Gary Robinson 21. Myles Miallie 22. Rich Russo 24. Bob McLear 28. Homer Huffman 51. Dan Crews

31:16 31:45 31:47 31:54 32:24 DNF

1971 OVC Men’s Ironwood Golf Course, Cookeville, Tenn. 10K 6. Rich Russo 32:22 24. Grady Manning 35:08 27. Bob McLear 35:27 29. Myles Maillie 35:43 35. Homer Huffman 36:41 45. Alan Brown 38:52 1975 OVC Men’s, Arlington GC Richmond, Ky. 6 Miles 35. James Key 34:16 38. John Timberlake 34:50 46. Terry Hoover 36:20 47. Neil Barnard 36:40 49. Ed Capron 38:51 50. Mike O’Hara 39:25 51. Pete Pinko 39:49 1976 OVC Men’s, Swan Lake GC, Clarksville, Tenn. 6 Miles 33. Randy Oliver 34:09 36. Dennis Votava 34:24 43. John Lerchenfeld 35:13 50. Jim Gilbert 37:31 53. Linton Whaley 41:42 55. Lew McBee 41:50 1978 OVC Men’s, 6 Miles 6. Gary Perry 15. Joe O’Loughlin 20. Dana McCucheon 24. Jay Simonetta 34. Linton Haley

31:00 31:50 32:27 33:02 35:27

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Jeff Skinner John Davis Mark Moses Darryl Richards Tim Johnson Richard Smith

33:06 34:32 35:35 39:46 40:54 40:57

1982 OVC Men’s, Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky. 10K 5. Jeff Skinner 32:16 11. Robert Willis 33:06 14. William Brooks 33:40 20. Jody Patel 34:44 29. Tim Webb 36:25 31. Brian Martin 36:48 1983 OVC Men’s, Akron CC, Akron, Ohio 10K 2. Jeff Skinner 32:44 3. Danny Green 32:51 4. Robert Willis 33:18 18. Billy Porter 34:20 22. William Brooks 34:30 27. Greg McDaniel 34:52 36. Mike Shiver 37:03 1984 OVC Men’s, Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky. 5 Miles 2. Robert Willis 21. Paul Elirt 23. Billy Porter 28. Jerry Malone 31. Mike Byrne 44. Danny Green 1985 OVC Men’s, Morehead GC, Morehead, Ky. 5 Miles 24. Mark Byrne 26:19.3 40. Brad Fox 28:05.1 45. Byron Grizzard 29:00.0 49. Chris Moody 29:49.1 53. James Duhart 39:14.0 54. Deric Haynes 39:14.4 1987 OVC Men’s, Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky. 5 Miles 17.(ns)Phil Shell 28:54.3 40.(ns)Jeff Hunter 36:03.1 46.(ns)Carlos Cooper 39:44.2 47.(ns)Troy Cash 41:30.3 1988 OVC Men’s Miller Memorial GC, Murray, Ky. 5 Miles 31. Phil Snell 31:09 33. Nick Shermack 31:44

34. 36. 40. 41. 43.

William Keathley Nels Hendrickson Robert Stepp Ilmar Multi Chris King

31:48 32:06 33:56 34:09 35:09

1990 OVC Men’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky. 8K 28. Jason Welch 30:09 30. Jeff Garrett 31:11 32. Steve Ryan 32:22 33. Erin McCrum 32:47 35. Chris Layne 33:42 1991 OVC Men’s Percy Warner, Nashville, Tenn. 8K 11. Jeff Lingwall 28:02 23. Jason Welch 29:17 33. Steve Ryan 32:06 41. Mike Burkett 33:33 45. Terry Townsend 35:13 48. Jay Neale 36:07 1992 OVC Men’s Cole Park GC, Ft. Campbell, Ky. 5 Miles 7. Jeff Lingwall 26:46 29. Brian Gray 29:03 33. Jason Welch 29:21 40. Richard Primm 30:36 47. Jason Dean 32:25 48. Steve Ryan 32:29 1993 OVC Men’s Morehead GC, Morehead Ky. 8K 17. Jeff Lingwall 26:55 39. Brian Gray 29:22 42. Richard Primm 30:05 48. William Burrus 32:43 50. Kenneth McDevitt 33:26 1994 OVC Men’s Murray CC, Murray, Ky. 5 Miles 19. Jeff Lingwall 27:03.3 29. Curt Arthur 27:48.9 35. Brian Gray 28:36.4 51. William Burrus 30:48.5 58. Ken McDevitt 36:00.7 1995 OVC Men’s Abe Stuber T&F Complex, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 8K 24. Curt Arthur 28:17 37. Jason Smith 29:41 42. William Burrus 30:14 47. Jon Royal 31:13 51. Lawrence Barham 31:59

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34:04 26:22.8 27:29.8 31:00.5 31:23.9 32:10.2 32:17.7 33:00.8

1998 OVC Men’s Cane Creek, Cookeville, Tenn., 8K 26. Jason Smith 8:26.85 32. John Cheek 28:52.59 46. Casey Lawson 30:48.42 48. Kyle Brown 30:59.84 50. Dallas Jones 31:25.43 56. Alex Brown 33:51.60 1999 OVC Men’s Ft. Campbell GC, Fort Campbell, Ky., 8K 32. Kyle Brown 28:49.18 38. Jason Smith 29:08.90 47. John Cheek 29:48.78 54. Kareem Manley 30:24.88 60. Josh Carroll 30:58.65 62. John Everett 31:44.87 63. Sean Rabe 31:46.41 64. Mike Krisle 31:59.66

2000 SBC Men’s Murray Park, Little Rock, Ark., 8K 10/28/00 1. Geoffrey Lagat 25:07 14. Levi Sybert 26:31 21. Anthony McGary 27:01 37. Thomas Mbanda 27:57 48. John Cheek 28:25 52. Josh Carroll 28:25 70. Dallas Jones 31:39 2001 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 10/27/01 1. Geoffrey Lagat 25:14.23 12. Levi Sybert 25:59.31 20. Anthony McGary 26:37.33 46. Steve Safstrom 28:22.08 51. Carlos Gonzalez 28:46.14 59. Josh Carroll 29:28.00 66. Brian Picklesimer 31:34.25 2002 SBC Men’s Denton, Texas, 8K 11/4/02 2. Geoffrey Lagat 26:22.63 10. Levi Sybert 27:13.34 19. Anthony McGary 28:00.86 20. Edwin Koech 28:05.05 38. Josh Carroll 29:12.13 62. Sean Rabe 32:08.12 2003 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 11. David Hughes 27:21.59 36. Zach Wood 29:55.77 44. Tony Carufe 30:26.93 56. Anthony McGary 32:39.04 62. Carlos Gonzalez 34:50.69 65. Tim Hicks 35:51.36 2004 SBC Men’s Rebsamen GC, Little Rock, Ark., 8K 10/30/04 4. Geoffrey Lagat 26:11.2 5. Derek Dell 26:16.8 11. Steve Safstrum 26:35.9 15. Jonathan Guillou 27:00.0 28. David Hughes 27:55.0 38. Carlos Gonzalez 28:33.0 39. Tony Carufe 28:33.4

Geoffrey Lagat 2000, 2001 SBC XC Champion

2005 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 10/29/05 5. Jonathan Guillou 25:32.37 7. Derek Dell 25:42.23 40. Tony Carufe 27:40.62 63. Luke Pfleger 30:39.32 65. Ryan Hood 33:05.60

William Songock Two time All-Sun Belt

2006 SBC Men’s Rebsamen GC Little Rock, Ark., 8K 10/28/06 7. William Songock 25:09.62 39. Tony Carufe 27:36.31 53. Philip Benavides 28:35.48 55. Matt Young 28:45.65 59. Chris Travis 29:29.04 60. Luke Pfleger 29:31.88 62. Ryan Hood 29:48.80 2007 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 10/27/07 8. William Songock 26:01.49 10. Isaac Biwott 26:09.38 11. Festus Chemaoi 26:15.91 14. Julius Kirui 26:18.10 33. Philip Benavides 27:30.91 63. Matthew Young 29:39.54 64. Adam Cunningham 30:02.31 73. Luke Pfleger 31:06.56 2008 SBC Men’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 8K 11/1/08 8. Festus Chemaoi 25:57.97 9. David Emery 26:01.54 11. Julius Kirui 26:08.53 18. Isaac Biwott 26:22.79 64. Josh Wheeler 29:58.84 75. Darnell McCurdy 34:05.70 Underline denotes the top five runners used in team scoring. Records not complete

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Women’s All-Time Conference Results 1980 OVC Women’s Derrickson Arg. Complex, Morehead Ky., 5K 1. Murray State 33 2. Eastern Kentucky 45 3. Western Kentucky 71 4. Morehead State 106 5. Middle Tennessee 132 6. Austin Peay 157 1981 OVC Women’s Murray CC, Murray, Ky., 5K 1. Murray State 40 2. Western Kentucky 56 3. Eastern Kentucky 64 4. Middle Tennessee 77 5. Austin Peay 123 6. Morehead State 162 1982 OVC Women’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 35 2. Murray State 44 3. Austin Peay 73 4. Middle Tennessee 92 5. Morehead State 123 1983 OVC Women’s Akron CC, Akron, Ohio, 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 30 2. Murray State 52 3. Austin Peay 76 4. Akron 85 5. Morehead State 142 6. Middle Tennessee DQ 1985 OVC Women’s Morehead State GC, Morehead Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 21 2. Murray State 55 3. Akron 61 4. Middle Tennessee 122 5. Youngstown State 136 6. Morehead State 174 7. Austin Peay 196 8. Tennessee Tech 213

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1986 OVC Women’s V.A. Hospital, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 3 Miles 1. Eastern Kentucky 25 2. Murray State 59 3. Akron 69 4. Youngstown State 118 5. Austin Peay 118 6. Morehead State 163 7. Tennessee Tech NS 8. Middle Tennessee NS

1987 OVC Women’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 21 2. Murray State 34 3. Middle Tennessee 97 4. Youngstown State 113 5. Morehead State 142 6. Austin Peay 164 7. Tennessee State 184 8. Tennessee Tech 220 1988 OVC Women’s Miller Memorial GC, Murray, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 21 2. Murray State 42 3. Middle Tennessee 80 4. Morehead State 118 5. Austin Peay 139 6. Tennessee State 159 7. Tennessee Tech 202 1989 OVC Women’s 1. Eastern Kentucky 17 2. Murray State 64 3. Middle Tennessee 79 4. Morehead State 83 5. Austin Peay 145 6. Tennessee State 163 7. Tennessee Tech 186 1990 OVC Women’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 25 2. Murray State 62 3. Middle Tennessee 72 4. Morehead State 74 5. Austin Peay 129 6. Tennessee State 184 7. Tennessee Tech 194 1991 OVC Women’s Percy Warner, Nashville, Tenn., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 23 2. Middle Tennessee 44 3. Murray State 81 4. Morehead State 120 5. SE Missouri State 129 6. Austin Peay 141 7. Tennessee Tech 163 8. Tennessee State 200 1992 OVC Women’s Cole Park GC, Ft. Campbell, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 15 2. SE Missouri State 70

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Morehead State 101 Tennessee Tech 102 Murray State 123 Austin Peay 136 Middle Tennessee 177 Tennessee State 205 Tennessee-Martin 209

1993 OVC Women’s Morehead GC, Morehead, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 21 2. SE Missouri State 62 3. Murray State 75 4. Morehead State 91 5. Tennessee Tech 139 6. Austin Peay 159 7. Tennessee-Martin 167 8. Tennessee State 218 9. Middle Tennessee 252 1994 OVC Women’s Murray CC, Murray, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 20 2. SE Missouri State 45 3. Austin Peay 101 4. Tennessee Tech 105 5. Morehead State 126 6. Tennessee-Martin 145 7. Tennessee State 196 8. Murray State 201 9. Middle Tennessee 247 1995 OVC Women’s Abe Stuber T&F Complex, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 15 2. SE Missouri State 48 3. Tennessee Tech 79 4. Tennessee-Martin 118 5. Murray State 125 6. Morehead State 128 7. Tennessee State 214 8. Austin Peay 220 9. Middle Tennessee 230 1996 OVC Women’s 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 2. SE Missouri State 3. Eastern Illinois 4. Morehead State 5. Tennessee Tech 6. Murray State 7. Tennessee State 8. Austin Peay 9. Middle Tennessee

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Women’s All-Time Conference Results 1997 OVC Women’s Vaughan’s Gap Course, Nashville, Tenn., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 25 2. Eastern Illinois 56 3. SE Missouri State 69 4. Morehead State 78 5. Murray State 135 6. Tennessee Tech 145 7. Tennessee-Martin 222 8. Austin Peay 234 9. Middle Tennessee 255 10. Tennessee State 280 1998 OVC Women’s Cane Creek, Cookeville, Tenn., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 32 2. SE Missouri State 57 3. Morehead State 60 4. Eastern Illinois 89 5. Murray State 136 6. Tennessee-Martin 208 7. Austin Peay 216 8. Tennessee Tech 218 9. Middle Tennessee 248 1999 OVC Women’s Ft. Campbell GC, Fort Campbell, Ky., 5K 1. Eastern Kentucky 33 2. SE Missouri State 48 3. Eastern Illinois 59 4. Morehead State 95 5. Austin Peay 161 6. Murray State 173 7. Tennessee Tech 192 8. Tennessee State 193 9. Middle Tennessee 248 10. Tennessee-Martin 286 2000 SBC Women’s Murray Park, Little Rock, Ark., 5K 10/28/00 1. New Orleans 31 2. Western Kentucky 68 3. UALR 71 4. New Mexico State 106 5. South Alabama 147 6. North Texas 165 7. Florida International 168 8. Louisiana-Lafayette 181 9. Denver 203 10. Arkansas State 277 11. Louisiana Tech 315 12. Middle Tennessee 353

2001 SBC Women’s Bowling Green, Ky., 6K 10/27/01 1. UALR 54 2. Western Kentucky 65 3. New Mexico State 66 4. Louisiana-Lafayette 119 5. South Alabama 167 6. Denver 173 6. North Texas 173 8. New Orleans 176 9. Florida International 230 10. Arkansas State 263 11. Middle Tennessee 284 2002 SBC Women’s Denton, Texas, 6K 11/4/02 1. UALR 29 2. Western Kentucky 47 3. New Mexico State 79 4. New Orleans 129 5. Denver 137 6. Louisiana-Lafayette 141 7. North Texas 204 8. Arkansas State 210 9. Florida International 211 10. South Alabama 268 11. Middle Tennessee 285

2005 SBC Women’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 6K 10/29/05 1. UALR 33 2. Western Kentucky 57 3. Middle Tennessee 82 4. North Texas 95 5. Florida International 107 6. Troy 175 7. Arkansas State 210 8. South Alabama 211 9. New Orleans 214 10. Louisiana-Lafayette 226 2006 SBC Women’s Rebsamen GC, Little Rock, Ark., 5K 10/28/06 1. Western Kentucky 39 2. Florida International 69 3. Florida Atlantic 103 4. UALR 104 5. Middle Tennessee 134 6. Louisiana-Monroe 135 7. North Texas 140 8. Louisiana-Lafayette 200 9. Arkansas State 213 10. South Alabama 254 11. Troy 287

2003 SBC Women’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 6K 1. Western Kentucky 38 2. North Texas 91 3. Florida International 103 4. Louisiana-Lafayette 130 5. New Orleans 133 6. Arkansas State 146 7. South Alabama 148 7. UALR 148 9. New Mexico State 185 10. Middle Tennessee 278

2007 SBC Women’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 5K 10/27/07 1. Western Kentucky 52 2. UALR 63 3. Middle Tennessee 69 4. Florida International 80 5. Florida Atlantic 138 6. North Texas 178 7. Arkansas State 207 8. Louisiana-Lafayette 211 9. Louisiana-Monroe 217 10. Troy 230 11. South Alabama 274

2004 SBC Women’s Rebsamen GC, Little Rock, Ark., 5K 10/30/04 1. Western Kentucky 33 2. UALR 69 3. Florida International 123 4. New Mexico State 124 5. North Texas 129 6. New Orleans 142 7. Arkansas State 144 8. Louisiana-Lafayette 195 9. Middle Tennessee 224 10. South Alabama 226

2008 SBC Women’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 5K 11/1/08 1. Western Kentucky 32 2. Middle Tennessee 74 3. UALR 112 4. North Texas 113 5. South Alabama 138 6. Florida Atlantic 140 7. Arkansas State 166 8. Troy 193 9. Louisiana-Lafayette 214 10. Florida International 231 11. Louisiana-Monroe 269

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Women’s Individual Conference Results 1980 OVC Women’s Derrickson Arg., Complex, Morehead, Ky., 5K 20. Sharon Johnson. . . . . . 24:35 22. J. Simms . . . . . . . . . . . 24:59 26. Vickie Wells. . . . . . . . 26:07 29. Robin Moses. . . . . . . . 26:58 35. C. Porterfield . . . . . . . 31:27 1981 OVC Women’s, Murray CC, Murray, Ky., 5K 9. Lisa Mitchell. . . . . . . . 19:27 13. Sharon Johnson. . . . . . 19:56 15. Robin Moses. . . . . . . . 20:09 19. Vickie Wells. . . . . . . . 20:21 21. Diane Oleka. . . . . . . . 20:29 1983 OVC Women’s, Akron CC, Akron, Ohio, 5K 28. Betsy Korn . . . . . . . . . 23:23 30. Vickie Ring. . . . . . . . . 24:09 1984 OVC Women’s, Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5K 16. Debbie Morrison. . . . . 19:45 1985 OVC Women’s Morehead State GC, Morehead, Ky., 5K 12. Debbie Morrison. . . . . 18:21 14. Jan Becker . . . . . . . . . 18:42 31. Pamela Gallimore . . . 21:33 32. Krista Carr. . . . . . . . . 21:33 33. Karen Johnston. . . . . . 21:55

1986 OVC Women’s, VA Hospital, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 3 Miles 19.(ns)Debbie Morrison. . . 19:00 30.(ns)Missy Wright. . . . . . 21:48 37.(ns)Krista Carr. . . . . . . . 23:29 39.(ns)Robyn Crews. . . . . . 24:42 1987 OVC Women’s, Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5K 11. Missy Wright . . . . . . 20:02.3 17. Debbie Morrison. . . . 20:40.8 18. Becky Brown. . . . . . . 20:44.4 25. Kathy White. . . . . . . 21:58.7 26. Tracy Robinson. . . . . 21:58.9 32. Ursula Langford. . . . 22:34.7 40. Susan Howle. . . . . . . 25:00.1 1988 OVC Women’s Miller Memorial GC, Murray, Ky., 5K 9. Sharon Smith. . . . . . . . 19:45 13. Karen Barnes. . . . . . . 20:21 17. TraceyRobinson. . . . . . 21:14 20. Jennifer Binkley . . . . . 21:34 21. Michelle Welch. . . . . . 22:08 30. Rebecca Brown. . . . . . 22:56 1989 OVC Women’s 4. Kiya Thomas. . . . . . . . 9. Karen Barnes. . . . . . . 19. Stephanie Evans. . . . . 20. Michelle Welch. . . . . . 27. Linda Brewer . . . . . . .

18:40 19:40 20:54 21:24 22:37

1990 OVC Women’s Arlington GC, Richmond, Ky., 5K 4. Karen Barnes 18:48 10. Diane DeOliveria 19:17 11. Kiya Thomas 19:39 22. Lea White 20:50 25. Leigh Weathers 21:19 26. Sharon Smith 21:35 37. Linda Brewer 23:51 1991 OVC Women’s Percy Warner, Nashville, Tenn., 5K 2. Kiya Thomas 18:19 4. Karen Barnes 18:32 11. Lea White 19:18 12. Dianne DeOliveria 19:19 15. SharonSmith 9:47 33. Linda Brewer 21:38

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1992 OVC Women’s Cole Park GC, Ft. Campbell, Ky., 5K 9. Dianne DeOliveria 20:14

Marla Bailey 2007 SBC Freshman of the Year

42. Pam Kilduffe 43. Melanie Hall 44. Nadrian McGill 45. Mia Florence

24:15 24:52 24:55 25:38

1993 OVC Women’s Morehead GC, Morehead, Ky., 5K 43. Nikki Woodall 23:33 50. Rachel Morley 25:20 51. Nadrian McGill 25:37 53. Tiffany Dean 26:46 55. Kim Watson 31:30 56. Andra Byars 31:36 57. Melanie Hall 32:05 1994 OVC Women’s Murray CC, Murray, Ky., 5K 47. Nikki Woodall 23:48.1 48. Tyjuana Phillips 24:03.2 49. Megan Meadows 24:13.1 51. Melanie Hall 25:09.2 52. Rachel Morley 25:16.0 53. Nadia Graham 27:42.9 1995 OVC Women’s Stuber Complex, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 5K 33. Tyjuana Phillips 21:40.6 41. Sarah Dumore 22:43.3 48. Melanie Hall 24:20.8 49. Nadia Graham 24:24.6 59. Rachel Parrish 27:28.0 60. Bianca Conley 27:29.4

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Women’s Individual Conference Results 2000 SBC Women’s Murray Park, Little Rock, Ark., 5K 10/28/00 56. Sabrina Smith 21:29 68. Tori Blander 22:20 74. Heather Smith 24:28 77. Jerkita McClorin 27:37 78. Robin Wallace 27:39 79. Naomi Ansah 27:52 2001 SBC Women’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 6K 10/27/01 48. Erin Russell 26:27.82 54. Regina Raccuglia 27:17.55 59. Tori Blander 28:06.41 61. Sabrina Smith 28:18.63 62. Coleen Parker 28:25.66

Zamzam Sangau 2 Time All-Sun Belt

1996 OVC Women’s 5K 34. Sonya Ewing 18:31.9 46. Tyjuana Philips 21:58.6 48. Saran Dunmore 22:16.5 49. Stacey Soda 22:22.2 53. Maronda Harris 23:19.4 54. Jennifer Cunningham23:21.3 64. Liz Nemeth 25:54.1 1997 OVC Women’s Vaughan’s Gap Course, Nashville, Tenn., 5K 40. Kapreia Kirk 21:04 53. Melissa Turk 22:26 55. Jennifer Cunningham 22:42 57. Stacey Soda 22:57 68. Maronda Harris 25:37 69. Trina Weddington 27:56 1998 OVC Women’s Cane Creek, Cookeville, Tenn., 5K 36. Sabrina Smith 21:01.00 46. Kapreia Kirk 21:51.11 53. Lavonda Miller 23:06.86 54. Tori Blander 23:08.40 59. Sarah Calvin 24:34.61 1999 OVC Women’s Ft. Campbell GC, Fort Campbell, Ky., 5K 26. Kapreia Kirk 20:20.62 51. Sabrina Smith 22:32.00 55. Tori Blander 22:46.82 56. Vonda Miller 22:50.94 64. Jennifer Mays 26:04.19

2002 SBC Women’s Denton, Texas, 6K 11/4/02 49. Trisha Devalcourt 27:42.25 54. Erin Russell 29:07.00 59. Fran Haas 30:24.64 60. Chelsea Taylor 30:57.73 63. Rosemary Okafor 32:48.14 65. Laura Smith 33:49.47 2003 SBC Women’s Kereiaskas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 6K 42. Kim Alsobrook 27:15.26 56. Fran Haas 30:30.45 57. Lauren Milbourn 31:03.08 61. Contrena Brown 34:23.74 62. Kishara George 34:30.22

2006 SBC Women’s Rebsamen GC Little Rock, Ark., 5K 10/28/06 15. Marjorie Gombert 18:48.91 18. Zamzam Sangau 18:56.20 28. Sara Lunning 19:27.49 33. Tiffany Sawyer 19:34.10 40. Ashleigh Thaler 19:51.42 55. Ashley Comstock 20:24.90 67. Catherine Chester 21:38.82 2007 SBC Women’s Kereiaskas Park Bowling Green, Ky., 5K 10/27/07 3. Zamzam Sangau 18:01.50 6. Majorie Gombert 18:14.07 13. Marla Bailey 18:50.22 16. Ashley Comstock 19:06.75 31. Tiffany Sawyer 19:54.32 35. Kaitlyn Hammond 19:58.98 47. Ashley Thaler 20:32.00 2008 SBC Women’s Kereiaskas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 5K 11/1/08 2. Zamzam Sangau 17:45.89 9. Ashley Comstock 19:01.84 11. Marla Bailey 19:12.71 20. Kristen Tithof 19:45.18 32. Ashleigh Thaler 20:17.92

2004 SBC Women’s Rebsamen GC, Little Rock, Ark., 5K 10/30/04 26. Miranda Galloway 20:31.9 37. Sara Lunning 21:03.3 39. Marjorie Gombert 21:19.0 60. Kishara George 23:55.2 62. Catherine Carter 24:27.9 64. Kerry Barrow 28:02.4 65. Shanna-Kay Cambell34:32.0 2005 SBC Women’s Kereiakas Park, Bowling Green, Ky., 5K 10/29/05 5. Ashley Comstock 17:59.76 11. Kaitlyn Hammond 18:26.56 17. Miranda Gallowa y18:42.58 24. Sara Lunning 19:05.68 25. Marjorie Gombert19:06.75 35. Tiffany Sawyer 19:43.56 57. Ashley Thaler 20:56.54 67. Catherine Chester 23:00.38

Ashley Comstock 2 Time All-Sun Belt

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All-Time Conference Award Winners

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Charles Dahlgren

Michael Haddock

Gary Robinson

Rick Russo

Gary Perry

All-OVC 1966 All-OVC 1967 All-OVC 1968

All OVC 1966

All-OVC 1967

All-OVC 1971

All-OVC 1978

Joe O’Loughlin

Lisa Mitchell

Sharon Johnson

Jeff Skinner

Danny Green

All-OVC 1979 All-OVC 1980

All-OVC 1981

All-OVC 1982

All-OVC 1982 All-OVC 1983 *OVC 1983 Runner-Up

All-OVC 1983

Robert Willis

Sharon Smith

Kiya Thomas

Karen Barnes

Dianne DeOliveira

All-OVC 1983 *OVC 1984 Runner-Up

All-OVC 1988

All-OVC 1989 All-OVC 1991

All-OVC 1989 All-OVC 1990 All-OVC 1991

All-OVC 1990 All-OVC 1992

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All-Time Conference Award Winners

Jeff Lingwall

Curt Arthur

Eric Kiauka

Dave Milne

Geoffrey Lagat

All-OVC 1992

All-OVC 1996

All-OVC 1997

All-OVC 1997

*SBC 2001 Champion *SBC 2002 Champion All-Sun Belt 2003 *SBC 2003 Runner-Up All-Sun Belt 2004

Levi Sybert

Derek Dell

Ashley Comstock

Jonathan Guillou

William Songock

All-Sun Belt 2002

All-Sun Belt 2004 All-Sun Belt 2005

All-Sun Belt 2005 All-Sun Belt 2008

All-Sun Belt 2005

All-Sun Belt 2006 *Sun Belt 2006 Freshman of the Year All-Sun Belt 2007

Isaac Biwott

Marjorie Gombert

Zamzam Sangau

Festus Chemaoi

David Emery

All-Sun Belt 2007

All-Sun Belt 2007

All-Sun Belt 2007 All-Sun Belt 2008 *Sun Belt Runner-Up 2008

All-Sun Belt 2008

All-Sun Belt 2008

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We are Tennessee’s Best • MTSU is a destination school and the No.1 choice of undergraduates in the state of Tennessee. • One of the finest teacher preparation institutions in the southeast, MTSU produces 26 percent of the certified teachers in Tennessee–by far the most of any state university. • The Center for Popular Music is a nationally recognized repository with one of the largest sheet music collections in the country. It was listed as one of the top 100 places to visit in Tennessee in the 20th century by the Tennessean. • Students enjoy numerous extracurricular activities through more than 190 student organizations including honor societies, service clubs, and an active Greek system of fraternities and sororities. • The Honors College, with its prestigious Buchanan Fellowships–the highest academic scholarship awarded at MTSU–offers talented students the atmosphere of a small, select college nestled within a major university. • Doctoral programs in english, economics, human erformance and public history have been called the “highest quality,” and the programs in Economics and Public History are unique in Tennessee. • Nationally recognized programs in aerospace, recording industry, and concrete industry management attract students from around the globe.

Three Nobel Prize winners have been associated with MTSU: alumnus Dr. James Buchanan (‘40) and faculty members Dr. Muhammad Yunus and former Vice President Al Gore.

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Academic Enhancement Wynnifred Counts

Debbie Carroll

Angel Nathan

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The Student-Athlete Enhancement Center (SAEC) at MTSU houses the academic support system and the Blue Raider Athlete Skills for Success (B.R.A.S.S.) Life Skills Program for all 17 Division I-A sports. The center is housed at Johnny “Red” Floyd Football Stadium on Raider Drive. The facility opened its doors on January 4, 1999, to the delight of student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Blue Raider student-athletes can take advantage of the library-like atmosphere as they report for their required study hall hours under the watchful eyes of director Jim Rost; assistant director and coordinator of B.R.A.S.S. Wynnifred Counts, and assistants Debbie Carroll and Angel Nathan. The center consists of administrative offices, fully equipped individual and group tutoring rooms, a computer center, and spacious study carrels equipped with task lighting. Services provided by the center include help with registration and preregistration, help with study skills, and updates on NCAA legislation. The center uses an innovative objective study table program, which includes daily mentoring and constant tutoring. Tutors in various subjects are scheduled in the tutoring rooms throughout all hours of operation, and all tutoring takes place at the center. The SAEC staff is responsible for daily monitoring of the student-athletes’ progress, providing daily reports to coaches and meeting with the entire coaching staff weekly. The mission of the center is to help student-athletes take skills learned on the field and turn them into positive preparation for life after college. The center is also committed to meeting the changing needs of student-athletes. It continues to promote partnerships between the University, the NCAA, and the Murfreesboro community to help achieve its goals. In addition to providing the academic support needed to be successful in the classroom, the center is committed to meeting the needs of student-athletes in life skills development through the very popular B.R.A.S.S. program. As B.R.A.S.S. coordinator, Counts is dedicated to helping prepare student-athletes for life after college. Blue Raiders volunteer, when possible, to help teachers and students at elementary and middle schools throughout Rutherford County during the academic year. In 2006, the Athletic Department began a mentoring program with the city schools in which student-athletes and coaches help tutor kids. In the spring of each year, Special Olympics at Middle Tennessee uses Blue Raider student-athletes to run each event. Career night and substance and alcohol abuse seminars are yearly, well-attended events. The Student-Athlete Enhancement Center is just one way that Middle Tennessee is helping to prepare student-athletes for life after college.

Middle Tennessee has inducted 70 student-athletes into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society after just five years of being eligible. Chi Alpha Sigma is a nonprofit organization established to recognize college students who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. The goal of the organization is to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate athletes.

2008-09 Academic Review ■ 159 of 290 (55%) of all studentathletes had a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the spring semester.

■ 72 student-athletes made the

Dean’s List in the spring by earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and 17 attained a perfect 4.0.

■8 of 17 teams had a 2009 spring semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.

■ In the spring, the student-athletes had a 2.95 GPA.


Sun Belt

Conference WRIGHT WATERS Commissioner

BERT CARTER Associate Commissioner

RICK MELLO Associate Commissioner

KATHY KEENE Associate Commissioner

JOHN McELWAIN Associate Commissioner

BRYANT CARTER Assistant Commissioner

MELISSA KRISTOFAK Media Relations Director

TRAVIS LLEWELLYN Electronic Media

Wright Waters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commissioner Bert Carter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assoc. Commissioner/CFO Kathy Keene. . . . . . . . . . . Assoc. Commissioner/Compliance Rick Mello. . . . Assoc. Commissioner/Sports Administration John McElwain. . . . Assoc. Commissioner/Communications Bryant Carter. . . Asst. Commissioner/Sports Administration Travis Llewellyn. . . . . . . Director of Multimedia/New Media Melissa Kristofak. . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Media Relations Chauntrell Shelby. . . . . . . . . . . . Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Diedrich. . . . . . . . . . . . . Media Relations Assistant Andrew Ward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Championships Assistant

While there are 31 NCAA conferences that sponsor multiple sports, the Sun Belt is one of only eleven to participate in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and Football Bowl Subdivision. The Sun Belt was formed in 1976 with six members competing in four men’s sports, and today comprises 13 institutions of higher learning while sponsoring 19 championship sports for men and women. The Sun Belt Conference entered its 34th season in 200910 with a proud history of athletic and academic success. The conference sponsors 10 women’s sports - basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball; and nine men’s sports - baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field. Each of the 19 sports has seen numerous team and individual accomplishments, and 12 Sun Belt Conference schools are currently graduating their student athletes at a rate higher than their school’s student body. All Sun Belt schools are committed to excellence in the 21st century and facility upgrades and expansions are occurring on virtually every campus. Because of its status as a member of the Division 1-A football coalition, the Sun Belt Conference has a permanent seat on the NCAA’s 17-member Board of Directors. As a result, the conference has a crucial voice on some of the most pressing issues in college athletics and will always have a role in the implementation of any future NCAA legislation and guidelines. The conference continues to utilize television to grow and promote the league. Adding volleyball, baseball and softball to the conference’s television package has resulted in more national and regional television exposure for the league than at any time in its history. The conference’s regional television package enables live telecasts of Sun Belt events to reach over 20 million households. Additionally, ESPN televised the conference’s men’s basketball championship game for the 28th straight season in 2008, marking its longest affiliation with any conference in the country. The Sun Belt Conference has partnered with JumpTV Sports, Inc. to deliver a full-service, customized, public and premium web site to provide fans with a broad range of real-time information and content about the conference’s athletic teams. The Sun Belt is one of the few conferences in the nation to provide video highlights and features on its web site from each of the league’s respective championships. This technology is a great recruiting tool: enabling anyone in the world with internet access to view the conference’s championships. Fans in five different countries viewed the conference’s most recent soccer championship. The Sun Belt Conference is led by Commissioner Wright Waters, who is in his ninth full year as commissioner. He was named the conference’s fourth commissioner in February of 1999 following the tenures of Vic Bubas (1976-1990), Jim Lessig (1990-1991), and Craig Thompson (1991-1998). The league’s annual all sports champion is awarded the Vic Bubas All-Sports Cup, named after the conference’s first commissioner. The conference office has been headquartered in downtown New Orleans since 2000 after moving from its surburan location of Metairie, La.

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Blue Raider Sports Medicine

Drew Shea

Alison Ness

Robbie Stewart

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Health care is one of the most important aspects of a student-athlete’s life, and no university is more committed to keeping athletes healthy than Middle Tennessee. The Sports Medicine facility provides MTSU student-athletes with one of the finest athletic training facilities in the nation. Head Athletic Trainer Drew Shea and the Sports Medicine staff have set liberal hours to make sure each student-athlete has his or her needs met. The Sports Medicine facility opens at 6 a.m. each morning and doesn’t close until all studentathletes have been treated. The Sports Medicine facility contains a complete injury rehabilitation center, new rehab equipment, two full-size whirlpools, a dressing area for athletes, and a private office for the team physicians. In the summer of 2008, the facility added new Mondo Ramflex flooring which will provide a safe and healthy environment for the student-athletes. There is no waiting in the Sports Medicine facility since there are nine taping stations, multiple state-of-the-art modalities, and a new rehabilitation area. All of the equipment in the facility is top of the line. Athletes can use a fullstride treadmill, a stairmaster, and an exercise bike during their rehabilitation. One of the most recent additions to the equipment is a $15,000 K-Laser which helps speed up the healing process, enabling student-athletes to return to competition at a faster rate. The latest piece of equipment that aids the Sports Medicine staff is a new state-of-the-art computer system that tracks injuries, rehab protocols, medications, and surgeries. The new computer system allows each athletic trainer to keep student-athlete rehabilitation programs moving forward at as rapid a pace as possible. The facility also contains a fully stocked physician’s examination room for the resolution of any minor issues that a student-athlete have, which saves time for both student-athletes and staff. There is also a C-Arm portable X-Ray machine on site. Shea and his assistants each have an office in the Sports Medicine facility, and there is work space for the nine graduate assistants. Each office is self-contained, allowing private consultations with injured student-athletes.


Strength and

Conditioning

Matt Riley

Katie Abundiz

Russell Patterson

Jason Spray

One of the biggest changes in college athletics over the past few years has been the attitude toward strength and conditioning. Performing in the weight room has become just as important as on-the-field competition, and Middle Tennessee has one of the very best staffs in the nation committed to making student-athletes the best they can be. It all happens in the Blue Raiders’ 10,000-plus square foot weight room facility located adjacent to the north end zone of Floyd Stadium and designed for use by all Middle Tennessee student-athletes. It is a strength training area that rivals any in the country. The weight room has been described by many people as better than any in the immediate area, including those at SEC and Conference USA schools. The facility, which opened in January of 1999, greets student-athletes with over 20,000 pounds of plates and dumbbells, but the sheer volume of weights is not the most impressive aspect of the room. It is equipped with nine full power racks, nine elevated platforms, and nine half-racks. Hammer strength equipment rounds out the room with five groundbase jammers, a dead lift, a leg press, a leg curl, and a leg extension. Other Hammer strength equipment in the facility includes a bench press, a military press, a rowing machine, neck machine, pull-up, and pull-over. An impressive array of dumbbells is also provided for the student-athletes’ use. Two sets each of dumbbells ranging from five to 150 pounds are kept on racks around the room. Mirrors ring the walls of the room to help student-athletes ensure that they are using proper form throughout their workouts. Cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills and stationary bikes are also available. Other state-of-the-art amenities may also be found in the weight room. A television with cable and a state-of-the-art sound system has been installed for the enjoyment of the student-athletes. Three offices for the strength coaches are located in the facility, along with restrooms and a hospitality area. The weight room also provides direct access to the football stadium, gameday room, and individual meeting rooms and is in close proximity to the Blue Raider Practice Complex. The gameday room is used not only by the Blue Raider football team on game days and for film breakdown but also for press conferences, classes, and other functions. The meeting room is fully equipped with hightech audio/visual equipment to enhance learning.

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Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

President • 10th year • Prairie View, 1976

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee is the tenth president of Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to his appointment at MTSU in 2001, he was executive vice chancellor at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) in Nashville. In addition, he served as chief academic officer and interim chancellor for the Board of Regents system. Before his appointment at TBR, McPhee served in various administrative capacities at several major universities including Oklahoma State University, University of Louisville, and University of Memphis. In May 2007, President McPhee received the title of Honorary Professor at China Agricultural University in Beijing. The Honorary Professor title is the highest academic award given at the institution. McPhee was named Outstanding American University President of 2002 by the American Football Foundation. In 2003, he was listed by Nashville Post business magazine as one of Tennessee’s 100 Most Powerful Individuals, and in 2004, he was ranked by Tennessee Business magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful African Americans in the State of Tennessee. In 2006, Dr. McPhee was listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of seven university presidents in the U.S. who is shaping intercollegiate athletics on a national scale. Most recently, in the spring of 2009, President McPhee was the keynote speaker for Prairie View A&M Founder’s Day celebrations, and in June of this year Dr. McPhee was an invited participant at the International Agricultural University Presidential Forum held in Beijing and sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. McPhee earned his bachelor’s degree (with highest honors, summa cum laude) from Prairie View A&M University; a master’s degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida; and a doctorate in applied behavioral studies in education from Oklahoma State University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University Management Development Program and has completed professional development programs at St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas, and Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As an academician, President McPhee’s scholarly publications and presentations are extensive. His publications have appeared in local, national, and international professional journals. In addition, he is the senior author of a book, Understanding the Campus Culture: An Introduction to College, and has co-authored a chapter for a major college textbook on academic advising. McPhee’s scholarly pursuits include several international visits and presentations in locations such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Lanzhou, China; Mekelle, Ethiopia; Penang, Malaysia; Hong Kong; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel; Antwerp, Belgium; Montreal, Canada; Oxford, England; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Nassau, Bahamas. McPhee is currently a participating member of NCAA’s Football Academic Working Group and just recently chaired the NCAA Division I Working Group to Review “At-Risk” Student-Athlete issues (ARSA). The ARSA final report was submitted to the NCAA Board of Directors in January. McPhee also served a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, a threeyear term on the NCAA Executive Committee, and two terms as president

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of the Sun Belt Conference athletic league and chairman of the SBC’s CEO Executive Committee. In May 2005, he was appointed to the NCAA Presidential Commission on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him to the National Council for the Humanities, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him. A past member of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, McPhee chaired its membership council. He is a member of the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club and serves as a member of the SunTrust Bank Board of Directors (Nashville) and SunTrust Regional Bank Advisory Board (Murfreesboro). He also served on the Nashville Adventure Science Center Board, the Middle Tennessee Medical Center Board, and the Middle Tennessee Council for Boy Scouts of America Executive Board and co-chaired the Tennessee Legislative Retreat Task Force on Higher Education. McPhee was recently re elected to a second three-year term as a commission member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. During McPhee’s tenure at MTSU, the University has experienced considerable growth in many areas. Student enrollment has increased significantly, making MTSU undergraduate enrollment the largest in the state. During the past several years, the University added twelve new degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 2002, for the first time in the history of the University, three Ph.D. programs were established: in Economics, English, and Human Performance. A Ph.D. in Public History was instituted shortly thereafter, and in July 2007, a new Ph.D. in Literacy Studies was approved. From 2001 to 2007, the University increased extramural funding from $6 million to approximately $40 million. Since McPhee’s arrival, MTSU has been successful in raising admission standards, resulting in an increase in high-ability students. MTSU has been the institution of choice for midstate valedictorians and salutatorians in recent years and has enrolled a significant number of National Merit scholars and Achievement scholars. McPhee’s presidency has coincided with several major improvements in University facilities. A ten-year, $70 million renovation of all student residential housing is scheduled for completion by 2011, the University’s centennial year. In addition, the University acquired the 500-acre Guy James property to consolidate its highly regarded programs in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. This acquisition doubled the size of campus acreage from 500 to 1,000. Over $9 million was spent to renovate Andrew L. Todd Hall, which now houses the Department of Art and has state-of-theart equipment for its students and faculty. The Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building was built with private funding. In January 2007, an addition to the Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building was opened and dedicated, bringing the facility to 28,000 square feet. The University secured private gifts in support of a $6 million baseball stadium completed in 2008 and dedicated this past spring. In 2006, the University received $15 million in state support for the planning and infrastructure development for a proposed $120 million science building, and in April 2007, a new $3 million track and soccer complex was opened. Recently, the Tennessee General Assembly approved the construction of a $31.7 million building for the University’s College of Education and Behavioral Science. A $19 million expansion of the Health, Wellness, and Recreation Center was completed in 2008. Presently, the University is involved in proposed or active capital projects totaling nearly $400 million. President McPhee is married to Elizabeth McPhee, and they have two children, Seneca and Sidney-Anthony.


Chris Massaro

Director of Athletics • 5th year • Northern Colorado, 1983

The landscape of college athletics has changed drastically over the past decade and that renovation also has been demonstrated at Middle Tennessee, particularly during the four-plus years since Chris Massaro was named director of athletics on April 8, 2005. Proving to be a true visionary, Massaro has helped revolutionize the Blue Raiders’ Athletic Department while helping pave the way for even greater success in future years. During his short but highly successful reign, Massaro has overseen unprecedented success not only in the University’s athletic programs but also in regard to academic success, facility upgrades, and a proven record of hiring coaches who have thrived under his watch. Under Massaro’s leadership, the Blue Raiders have captured the Sun Belt’s all-sports trophy three times in five years. Since his arrival, Massaro has enhanced the Blue Raiders’ broad-based, 17sport program. Among the accomplishments included in the last four years: • The Athletic Department has captured 18 Sun Belt Conference championships and earned 12 coach of the year honors. • The athletic program has had a record 15 nationally televised events during his four-year tenure. • Middle Tennessee’s football team earned an at-large invitation to the Motor City Bowl in 2006, the first bowl appearance during the Division I era. • The women’s volleyball team reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in 2007. • The men’s golf team received its first-ever at-large invitation into the East Regional in 2008 and subsequently advanced to the National Championship, where they finished 15th in the country. They backed up that effort with another NCAA regional in 2009. • The women’s basketball team appeared in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2006 and 2007 and returned again in 2009. The team narrowly missed reaching the Sweet 16 in 2007 after earning a No. 5 seed. • The Middle Tennessee tennis doubles team of Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom won the National Championship in 2007 – the first NCAA doubles title in Athletic Department history. • The Middle Tennessee track teams have combined for four conference. titles. The 2007 men’s outdoor squad finished No. 21 in the nation while the 2009 women’s indoor team ranked tied for 30th. • The Blue Raider baseball team captured the regular season and tournament championship in 2009 and advanced to the NCAAs. Massaro’s success at Middle Tennessee doesn’t stop with the athletic teams. There has been a tremendous track record for hiring quality coaches, with head football coach Rick Stockstill, women’s head basketball coach Rick Insell, and men’s golf coach Whit Turnbow – and all Massaro hires – each earning Sun Belt Coach of the Year in their first seasons, and men’s tennis coach David McNamara won the Sun Belt and Coach of the Year honors in his second season. In all, Massaro’s guidance has provided coaches with the resources to produce 18 conference titles, 19 NCAA postseason appearances, one Sun Belt Conference Athlete of the Year, and 12 Coach of the Year awards. Academic enhancement has also skyrocketed under Massaro’s leadership. Massaro, who was appointed to a panel on APR Improvement Plans for the 2007 NCAA Convention, inherited a football program with a national-low score of 812 and saw it increase to a current 990 (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2009. As a whole, the Athletic Department has improved from a 908 score when Massaro was hired to an impressive cumulative (four years) score of 951 in 2007-08. All 17 Middle Tennessee sports teams achieved passing marks of 925 or higher in 2006-07 with four teams turning in a perfect mark of 1,000. In 2007-08, 16 of 17 teams topped the 925 mark. Massaro, who spent 20 years at the University of South Carolina prior to his appointment at Middle Tennessee, also overhauled the annual Blue Raider Ath-

letic Association’s annual giving program, which resulted in a record number of members and financial giving in 2008, indicating the fourth such year record numbers have been realized. The annual campaign has improved 40 percent since his arrival. Facility upgrades also have been at the top of Massaro’s impressive list of accomplishments. He completed a $6 million capital campaign for the new baseball stadium and initiated a series of major renovations to existing athletic facilities during the previous three years, including a state-of-the-art soccer and track complex. Most recently, a state-of-the-art golf performance center was completed in December 2008. In the midst of numerous upgrades, Massaro also has initiated generous contributions that made it possible to install a new synthetic surface in Floyd Stadium for the 2006 season. Additionally, new videoboards – one for football and two inside Murphy Center – were installed in 2007. In a span of four years, Massaro’s hiring practices have been regarded as excellent. On Dec. 12, 2005, he made his highest profile hire when he selected Stockstill to take over the football program. Stockstill became just the second head coach in the I-A era and led the Blue Raiders to a league championship and a bowl appearance in his first season. Two days following his hiring, Massaro was pressed into action to find a replacement to lead the nationally recognized women’s basketball program. Massaro made his first hire when he brought on board legendary high school coach Rick Insell to take over the program. Both Insell and Stockstill won championships in their first seasons on the job. Massaro has also made a significant upgrade in the Blue Raider football schedule. During the summer of 2005, he announced a home game in 2007 that made Virginia the first team from the highly regarded ACC to visit Floyd Stadium. He quickly added a second ACC member when Maryland agreed to make the trip to Murfreesboro in 2008, and the Blue Raiders rewarded him with a 24-14 upset. On his 100th day on the job, Massaro made one of his biggest announcements: a five-year contract with the University of Memphis to play football that started in 2007. The Tigers will become the first in-state Division I-A (FBS) football team to play the Blue Raiders in Murfreesboro. Massaro has also worked out a home-and-home series with Mississippi State that will see the Bulldogs coming to Floyd Stadium in 2009 – making them the first SEC program to play in a Sun Belt stadium – and nearby Georgia Tech that will have the Yellow Jackets coming to Murfreesboro in 2011. In March 2008, Massaro made another big move when he announced a four-game series with neighboring rival Vanderbilt of the SEC. The series begins in 2015, and the teams will play twice in Murfreesboro and twice in Nashville. The Glenwood Springs, Colo., native joined the South Carolina staff under the Ohio University sport administration program in 1985. Massaro helped usher the Gamecocks into the SEC and learned under legendary athletic director Dr. Mike McGee. Massaro earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1983 and his master’s degree in sport administration from Ohio University in 1986. At UNC, Massaro was a five-year football team member. Massaro is also heavily involved in community service projects and organizations. He is a member of the Red Cross Board, the City Golf Commission and the Rutherford County Sports Council Executive Committee, and he served on the search committee for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce president. Massaro and his wife, Cindy, have four children: Hank, Lainey, Rachel, and

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GoBlueRaiders.com is a fast and accurate Internet source for official coverage of Blue Raider athletics. Regardless of where you are or what time of day it is, you can access upto-date information on your favorite Blue Raider sports or athletes. GoBlueRaiders.com has grown to average more than 14.9 million page views a year, with the average visitor spending nearly five minutes on the site each day. The site has seen in excess of 3.1 million visitors since January of 2004. After two years of operation under a national sports Web site provider, GoBlueRaiders. com moved to a total in-house operation with a new design and format. Since 2001, the Athletic Communications office has managed the site and been responsible for all content, designs, services and updates. The Web site, named Best Collegiate Sports Web site in 2002 by the Tennessean, underwent a complete renovation in 2006. Thanks to members of the Athletic Communications staff, pre-game releases, game stories, features, upto-date statistics, photos and results for all 17 Blue Raider sports are regularly posted to the site. Add online ticketing by Ticketmaster and links to Blue Raider alumni and spirit groups and you have the most complete source of information about Middle Tennessee athletics anywhere. Full-motion video is featured as part of a new Internet streaming package introduced in the summer of 2007. The Web site has become a valuable tool in promoting each and every Middle Tennessee scholarship sport. Custom sites for recent standouts such as Dewon Brazelton, Courtney Mitchell, Dwone Hicks, Patrice Holmes, Amber Holt and Chrissy Givens have been integrated into the GoBlueRaiders.com Web site.

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