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1996 Men's Cross Country Review

1996 Men's Cross Country Season in Review
"Running Wild: Personal Records Highlight Roller Coaster Season"

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.

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 at districts."



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