TTU Invitational is Friday at Southern Hills Golf Course
Sep 30, 2009
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- New champions will be crowned Friday in
both the men's and women's races during the TTU Invitational at
Southern Hills Golf Course. Six men's team will tour the 8K course
at 3 p.m., followed seven women's teams in a 5K run at 4 p.m.
Defending champions Evansville and Milligan are not running in
the event this year, but coach Tony Cox thinks the field is the
strongest in the 10-year history of the TTU Invitational.
"We've picked up a couple of new teams this year, and I think the
field will be more competitive than ever," Cox said.
Competing in the men's race will be Ohio Valley Conference rivals
Murray State, Tennessee State and Jacksonville State, along with
the Golden Eagles. Also in the field will be UT Chattanooga and
North Alabama. The field in the women's race will feature the same
six schools, plus Alabama A&M.
The Tech men wil
l be paced by junior Sam Taylor, who finished sixth overall a year
ago in leading the Golden Eagles to a third place finish. Right
behind him in that event was Joseph DeLorenzo in seventh place, and
he returns this fall as one of five seniors on the TTU roster.
Among the newcomers expected to challenge for the Tech men's team
is freshman Chris Bishop (left) from Morristown,
who has been second on the team behind Taylor in the first two
meets of the season.
The Tech women finished second behind Milligan in last year's
TTU Invitational with teammates Stephanie Place and Keri Light
taking the top two individual spots. Both of
those runners are gone this season, and Tiffany Palmer has moved
into the team's top role, leading Tech in both events this year.
The senior from Cleveland placed third a year ago on the Southern
Hills course, so she will be among the contenders in 2009.
Also figuring to run among Tech's leaders are sophomore Traci Jones
from Aiken, S.C., and senior Amanda Simmons (left)
from Woodstock, Ga. They have been Tech's second and third
finishers twice already this year.