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Jarrad Read represents Tech at NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior Jarrad Read, a member of the Golden Eagle cross country team from Knoxville, recently represented Tennessee Tech University at the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference, May 24-27, at the Walt Disney World Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Read was one of 601 student-athletes from institutions across the country to attend this year’s conference. The conference provided NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on campus and in their communities. It also provided an opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

The theme of this year’s conference was “A Journey of Self-Discovery: Unfold Your Future.” The four-day conference, which helped promote better communication between student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities, consisted of daily color team sessions, exercises, speakers and activities to help student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to society.

Read completed his third season on the Golden Eagle roster last fall, competing in all six cross country meets. His best time was clocked at the Evansville Invitational where he finished in a career-besy 26:42.53. The mark was also the 17th best 8K finish in Tech history. Read also had a strong finish at the OVC Championships where he placed second on the squad.

A product of South Doyle High School, Read was a standout distance runner under the direction of his prep coach, Donnie Madgett, a former Golden Eagle runner.

A business major, he is the son of Randy and Debbe Read.