Peterson took the win in her collegiate debut, becoming the second Lady Vol in as many years to win their debut race – joining Andie-Marie Jones who won the Tennessee Cross Country Invitational last season.
The win for Nahom gives him back-to-back victories in Tennessee’s annual home meet after winning the Tennessee Cross Country Invitational in 2022.
“It was a perfect morning to race, and it was awesome to see our men and women run well in the first meet of the season,” head coach Sean Carlson said. “Eli getting the win in his final home meet is special and is great to see. Chesney getting a win her first time out is fantastic.
“I was pleased with how both teams performed this morning, running together and pushing each other. Our men continue to get stronger, while our women return a lot from last season and are building something special.”
WOMEN’S RACE RECAP
The Lady Vols dominated the meet with a perfect score of 15 points in the team standings, as five Tennessee runners crossed the finish line in a 0.5-second span. Peterson was first in 17:18.1 over the three-mile course, while Jaci Sievers, Callie Tucker and Jessie Secor each tied for second place with a mark of 17:18.4. Sophomore Andie-Marie Jones rounded out the top five with a time of 17:18.6 to complete the Big Orange sweep on UT’s home course.
Lee (Tenn.) University was second with a score of 56 points, while Tennessee Tech (89) and Chattanooga (99) took third and fourth respectively.
MEN’S RACE RECAP
Nahom led the men across the line with a finishing time of 19:53.3, earning his second consecutive home meet win. His time is a new personal best over a four-mile course. Grad transfer Brett Brady followed him across the line in second, posting a time of 20:03.7 in his Tennessee debut.
Redshirt freshman Yordanos Zelinski appeared in his first collegiate XC event and was the third Vol in uniform across the finish line, placing eighth with a time of 20:25.6. Brody Chapman (20:34.7, 13th) and Connor Henson (20:41.4, 15th) rounded out the Tennessee top five in their collegiate cross country debuts.
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