Gaffney, Harp pace Cumberland harriers at Commodore Classic

Freshman Tanner Harp and sophomore Keaton Gaffney both placed 64th, leading the Cumberland cross country teams in their second meet of the season on Saturday at the Commodore Classic at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
Sep 15, 2013
(Steve Wampler • Cumberland University) Keaton Gaffney (pictured) and Tanner Harp paced the Bulldogs’ cross-country teams Saturday at the Commodore Classic in Nashville.

Freshman Tanner Harp and sophomore Keaton Gaffney both placed 64th, leading the Cumberland cross country teams in their second meet of the season on Saturday at the Commodore Classic at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

Harp posted an 8K time of 29:19.90 and was the top finisher for the second-straight outing for the Bulldogs. Freshman Garang Madut was the second Cumberland harrier to cross the finish line, recording a time of 31:07.99, and finishing 72nd overall.

Freshmen Richie Palmeiri (32:09.16) and Spencer Rearick (32:36.89) registered 76th- and 79th-place showings, respectively, while juniors David Cheers (81st, 34:10.53), Devin Rickard (83rd, 34:24.76) and Tyler Shankles (88th, 39:15.34) rounded out the Cumberland contention.

Gaffney and fellow frosh Alesa Steiner led the Bulldog women for the second-straight meet as well, with Gaffney recording a 5K time of 21:28.97 and Steiner coming in 75th with a time of 23:36.21.

Freshman Zeddy Koech, who missed the team’s first race two weeks ago, was right behind Steiner with a time of 23:36.98. Senior Candice Ray (84th, 26:35.13) and sophomore Chelsea Reeves (85th, 26:47.28) were the final two Cumberland participants.

Cumberland next competes in the 43rd annual Patty Forgey Invitational Sept. 28 in Rio Grande, Ohio, on the course that will hold the Mid-South Conference Championships on Nov. 9.

MEN’S RESULTS – 8K
64.

Tanner Harp, 29:19.90
72.

Garang Madut, 31:07.99
76.

Richie Palmieri, 32:09.16
79.

Spencer Rearick, 32:36.89
81.

David Cheers, 34:10.53
83.

Devin Rickard, 34:24.76
88.

Tyler Shankles, 39:15.34

WOMEN’S RESULTS – 5K
64.

Keaton Gaffney, 21:28.97
75.

Alesa Steiner, 23:36.21
76.

Zeddy Koech, 23:36.98
84.

Candice Ray, 26:35.13
85.

Chelsea Reeves, 26:47.28

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