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Georgia Tech Women Finish Second; Men Finish Sixth

Sept. 15, 2006

ATLANTA – Elena Linn placed eighth overall (18:48) to help the Georgia Tech women’s cross country team to a second place finish at the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday.

Linn, a junior from Marietta, Ga., has finished in the top-10 overall at both races this season. Senior Mary Chind crossed the line 13th overall in the women’s 5k race (18:56) followed by junior Nisha Kurian, who finished 16th (19:05). Freshman Kiersten Petersen continued to shine, placing in the top-20 for the second race in a row (17th, 19:07) and senior Jenny Sims showed signs of improvement, finishing 23rd overall (19:34), after missing the summer with an injury.

“The women ran really well,” said coach Alan Drosky. “We are working at getting everyone running well on the same day. Mary Chind performed extremely well for us as well as Kiersten Petersen.”

The men’s team came in sixth on the Lambert Acres golf course, home of the 2006 NCAA South Regional, led by senior David Herren’s sixth place finish overall (27:07) in the men’s 8.4k race.

David Herren has been outstanding,” said Drosky. “He ran a great race from start to finish. This was one of the best men’s performances that I have witnessed at Tech.”

In his first race of the season, junior Nazar Trilisky, came in 31st overall (28:32) and second for the Jackets. A trio of sophomores, Casey Grambling, James Taylor and Greg Johnson, all ran really good races for Tech, crossing 36th, 38th and 41st respectively.

“The men’s team keeps getting better every week,” added Drosky. “This was a long race on a very tough course. They started off slow but really performed well in the final third of the race.”

The Jackets will return to action on Friday, September 29, 2006, for the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic in Louisville, Ky.

NOTES – The Georgia Tech women’s cross country team is currently ranked 6th in the South Region.

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