1996 Men's Cross Country Review
1996 Men's Cross Country Season in Review
On the surface, success seemed to elude Vanderbilt's men's cross country
team in 1996. The season's 24-59 finish was heavily influenced by poor results
at the SEC and District meets. Prior to the SEC Championships, the Commodores
had a 21-11 record. The squad had finished in the top four of each of their
first four meets. Captain James Murphy and Tom Wehr finished in the top-25
at both the Vanderbilt and Austin Peay meets.
"Running Wild: Personal Records Highlight Roller Coaster Season"
During the course of the season, nine out of the twelve runners set
a personal record. Murphy and then freshman Mark Rosenthal set personal
records at the SEC Championships. Senior Tom Wehr set a Vanderbilt meet
record and four others set individual records at the District III Championships
held in Greenville, S.C. The Commodores will want to repeat the individual
successes of the District meet in 1997.
Rob Herndon, expected to be the key to the seasonŐs success, finished
in the top-20 in Vanderbilt's first four meets, but was plagued by injury
toward the end of the seson, and did not compete in the District Championship.
Herndon and fellow graduates Andy Shorb and Jonathon Zisser will be missed
by this yearŐs squad. Shorb and Zisser finished in the top-40 of the first
four meets and both set personal records in the District meet.
Head coach Paul Arceneaux was pleased with his team's effort. "It was
nice to see so many guys, especially the seniors, go out on a high note
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