MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Rams had all five of their scorers finish in the top third of Saturday's 228-man field at the Rhodes College Men's Cross Country Invitational at Shelby Farms.
Cornell used a balanced performance to place eighth out of 27 teams. The Rams finished with 244 points.
"Our men did another good job racing as a pack with just a 40-second spread with our 1-5 runners," Cornell coach Dan Schofer said. "They also moved up nicely after a conservative start."
Junior Lawrence Dennis was the top Ram finisher, taking 37th in 27 minutes, 43 seconds. Junior Charlie Mesimore led the next wave of runners in 46th (28:07). He was followed closely by sophomore Josh Lindsay in 49th (28:10), junior Tom Chenault in 51st (28:14) and freshman Zachary Clapp in 61st (28:23).
Cornell's Arturo Hernandez came in 82nd (29:12), and Jacob Butts 84th (29:17).
"Lawrence, Charlie, Josh, Tom and Zach all pushed each other over the race course," Schofer said. "We're still not firing on all cylinders with everyone racing well together, but all 15 of our men were healthy and competing today. We know we can put together a great team race, and that is the goal as we go to work these next two weeks."
Memphis posted a winning team score of 30 points. Edward Limo, of runner-up Central Arkansas, was crowned individual champion in 24:42.
Coming up – Cornell competes in the Lamb-Kohawk Invitational Oct. 12 in Cedar Rapids. The winner of the Cornell-Coe dual scoring matchup earns one point toward the Bremner Cup All-Sport Series. The first race starts at 11 a.m.