Cotter, Sumner Earn All-Conference Honors at SoCon
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Amanda Sumner (Bristol, Conn.) and junior Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) earned all-conference honors Friday on Day Two of the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Sumner who finished fifth in the 3000-meter on Thursday, earned a spot on the all-conference team with a third place finish Friday in the 5000-meter event.

"Everything that could have gone wrong for Amanda yesterday did," UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. "Today she ran her race and did everything we told her to do and she did great. She showed a lot of maturity after running all out yesterday and then running all out again today."

Sumner posted a time of 17:05.22 and teammate senior Tara Gietema-Berry (Knoxville, Tenn.) ran a time of 18:07.73. Both times were better than the previous facility mark set earlier this month.

Cotter who claimed the 3000 meter title with a school-record time on Thursday was second in the men's 5000 meter run with a time of 14:29.31 Friday afternoon. Teammate Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) who suffered injuries throughout the year, was sixth for the Mocs with a time of 14:33.04 followed immediately by senior Emmanuel Kirwa (Kapsabet, Kenya) at 14:35.41.

"It was difficult to see Lucas passing Chris," Gautier said. "Chris has meant so much to this program and he has nurtured Lucas along. Chris has scored in every race he's ever run in at conference.

"Lucas is running as well as anyone in the conference and he is confident. If he had started [his kick] sooner, he might have won the 5000. He was on a mission this weekend. He really wanted to win."

Sophomore Drew Austell (Eads, Tenn.) qualified for the 800 meter finals and placed sixth for the Mocs with a time of 1:57.53.

"I'm proud of Drew," Gautier said. "He's still young, and had it a little rough in the prelims, but he stepped up today and did a great job."

Freshman Patrick O'Brien (Chattanooga, Tenn.) earned his second all-freshman team nod as the third rookie across the finish line in the men's Mile. The men's 4x400 meter team consisting of junior Blake Olson (Pleasant View, Tenn.) freshman Dezerick Frazier (Goodletsville, Tenn.) Austell and anchored by junior Joshue Vasquez (Johnson City, Tenn.) finished fifth with a time of 3:26.93.

The Mocs placed sixth in the league standings with 32 points. Western Carolina was the league champion (155) followed by Appalachian State (154.5) and Samford (147.5). On the women's side, the Lady Mocs were ninth out of 12 teams with 12 points. Appalachian State claimed the women's title with 157.166 points followed by Western Carolina (113) and Georgia Southern (92).

"It's back to work in the morning," Gautier said. "We've got to get started on the outdoor season."

Mile (women)
25. Morgan Buchanan 5:44.73

5000m (women)
3. Amanda Sumner 17:05.22B
15. Tara Gietema-Berry 18:07.73B

800m (men)
6. Drew Austell 1:57.53

Mile (men)
18. Patrick O'Brien 4:37.19

5000m (men)
2. Lucas Cotter 14:29.31B
6. Chris Berry 14:33.04B
7. Emmanuel Kirwa 14:35.41B
12. Nathan Wanuch 15:08.62
13. Mark Cole 15:19.48

4x400m relay (men)
5. Chattanooga 3:26.93
(Blake Olson, Dezerick Frazier, Drew Austell, Joshue Vasquez)

Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Appalachian State 157.166
2) Western Carolina 113
3) Georgia Southern 92
4) Samford 85
5) Elon 72.3333
6) College of Charleston 59
7) UNCG 36
8) Furman 17
9) Chattanooga 12
10) Wofford 9.5
11) Citadel 9
12) Davidson 1

Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Western Carolina 155
2) Appalachian State 154.5
3) Samford 147.5
4) Citadel 58
5) Davidson 50
6) Chattanooga 32
7) Furman 29
8) UNCG 27
9) Wofford 9

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