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MSU cross country begins season with a pair of first place finishes

MEMPHIS (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — Kicking off the 2014 season, the Mississippi State men's and women's cross country teams begin with a pair of first-place finishes at the Memphis Twilight.

This is the second year in a row MSU has brought home first place from both squads in this race.

The women's team finished first beating out Ole Miss, Central Arkansas, Memphis and Arkansas State.

Claiming the first-place finish was possible with leadership from sophomore Rhianwedd Price, who ran 17:05.67 to take medalist honors. Senior Lisa Ziegler followed in second place with a time of 17:53.77.

Rounding out the top 10, Cornelia Griesche earned a fourth place finish with a time of 17:55.67, followed by Jodie McGuff who ran a time of 18:35.30 to finish 10th.

Making her career debut with the Bulldogs, freshman Carly Terp ran a time of 18:53.90 to finish 19th.

"I was really pleased by the performances of all our freshmen," MSU coach Houston Franks said. "It's always great to see the toughness in the freshman regardless of the results."

The men's team tied for first place with Ole Miss. Senior Damian Roszko led the men's side with a time of 20:02.56 to finish first individually in the meet. Also, placing in the Top 10 was sophomore Curtis Kelly, who came in seventh with a time of 20:27.01.

Placing among the Top 20 was junior Matthew Dunn with a time of 20:40.11 leading to 13th. Freshman Branden Nosker made his introduction with the Maroon and White with a time of 21:51.11, placing 16th.

"We're missing some depth on our men's side, but it was great being able to see our freshman moving into that position tonight," Franks said.

The Bulldogs next action will take place on Sept. 13 at the Vanderbilt Classic.

"It was a good was to start the new season, but we still have some work to do to get ready for the Vanderbilt meet in a couple weeks."

The Memphis Twilight was hosted by Christian Brothers University and took place at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.





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