Gene Palmer was the most dominant middle distance runner in the Ohio Valley Conference during his four years at Tennessee Tech in the late 1950s, winning individual championships and setting school and conference records. Friday night he will be inducted into the TTU Sports Hall of Fame.
Newcomers led the way for the women's team in a sixth place finish while returnees and newcomers figured in the mix for the men's squad on the way to seventh place as Tennessee Tech hosted a successful Ohio Valley Conference cross country championship Saturday at sunny Southern Hills Golf Course.
A season that has been dedicated to their friend is nearly finished. On Saturday, three seniors on the men's cross country team take a final tour of their home course when Tech hosts the OVC Championships, in a year dedicated to Palmer Maphet.
In their final meet before hosting the OVC Championships at the end of the month, the Tech men's and women's cross country teams will run in the Evansville Invitational Saturday. Several Golden Eagle runners have had success at Evansville with personal best times in past races.
Senior Sam Taylor lead the Tech men's team, while freshman Rebecca Cline led the women's squad in Saturday's cross-country action in the Gene Mullin Furman Invitational. Every one of Tech's runners on the women's teams achieved personal-best times, while four of the men's runners did the same.
The hills at Southern Hills Golf Course will present plenty of challenges Friday afternoon as the Tennessee Tech men's and women's cross country teams host the seventh annual TTU Invitational, starting at 3 p.m.
The Tech cross country teams will host the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference cross country championships and hope running the meet on their home course at Southern Hills Golf Course might allow them to sneak up and finish higher than expected.
The Tech cross country teams will run on some familiar turf this fall, including two meets on their home layout at Southern Hills Golf Course. The Golden Eagles host the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Championships.