Junior runner has set PRs in all four meets this
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — John Greene’s sparkling junior
season brought the Tennessee Tech runner conference-wide
recognition on Tuesday as he was named Co-Male Runner of the Week
by the Ohio Valley Conference.
Greene, a Friendsville, Tenn., native, finished fifth out of 94
runners at the JSU Foothills Invitational on Saturday in Oxford,
Ala., posting a time of 26:28.77 and besting his previous
personal-best of 26:39 set a week ago by 11 seconds.
He shared the league honor with Jacksonville State's Mickey
Sanders, who finished 1.67 seconds ahead of him at the JSU
Foothills Invitational. Greene bested Sanders by five seconds a
week ago at the TTU Invitational in Cookeville.
In four meets this season, Greene has set a personal-best in
each, including this past weekend. From the beginning of the
season, Greene has trimmed 1:32 off his previous best time entering
His time at the JSU Foothills Invitational ranked as the
13th-best 8K time in program history.
“I think all the work he’s put in over the summer
and the fall is paying off for him because he’s running
really well right now,” said head coach Tony Cox.
“We’re really excited about the possibility of him
doing really well at the conference meet.”
The league’s sports information directors are responsible
for nominating runners for the weekly awards and the conference
office determines winners.
A week ago, Greene clocked a time of 26:39.49 and won the TTU
Invitational at Southern Hills Golf Course. Prior to that, he
posted a 26:59 at the Georgia State Invitational and opened the
season by running the Sewanee Invitational in 27:41.
Greene and his teammates compete in their final regular-season
meet of the 2011 season on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Evansville
Invitational. The OVC Championships will be held Oct. 29 at Eastern