Runners converge on Southern Hills Friday for annual TTU Invitational
Oct 03, 2012
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- A field of six men's teams and five women's
teams will converge on Cookeville's Southern Hills Golf Course
Friday to compete in the annual TTU Invitational Cross Country
The women will run a 5K race beginning at 3 p.m., while the men
will battle through an 8K event starting at 3:45 p.m. Joining Tech
in the women's race will be Carson Newman, Evansville, North
Alabama and Tennessee State. Those same schools will be joined by
Lipscomb in the men's race.
With between 60 and 70 runners in each race, the TTU Invitational
will be one of the largest Tech has hosted.
"Being our home meet, we consider this to be one of our most
important meets of the year," said Tech coach Tony Cox. "This is
where we start making decisions on who is going to run in the
conference meet. I think the weather is going to be great on
Friday, and we're excited about hosting."
Tech's runners have become familiar with the layout at Southern
Hills, which includes a couple of challenging hills and some
breathtaking scenery throughout the course.
"It's a hilly course. It's probably one of the hardest courses we
race on during the year, but it's a good course," Cox said. "There
is a lot of variety and it is a good spectator course."
The Tech women's team will feature 11 runners -- Kendale Caldwell,
Rebecca Cline, Dalis Connell, Kathryn Forbes, Landry Loving, Amelia
McCoy, Beth Miller, Elizabeth Mitchell, Meghan O'Donoghue, Kara
Webb and Peri Winborne.
A year ago Peri Winborne was Tech's top finisher, placing fifth
overall in the time of 20:13.67. The Golden Eagles placed second
behind Jacksonville State.
In the men's race, Tech's lineup will include 10 runners: Kolbe
Andrzejewski, Matt Bishop, Daniel Francis, Charlie Jordan, Nathan
Livesey, Adam McLeod, Mike Mahan, Sterling Smith, Matt Pennycuff
and Nathan Snow.
Last year, Jacksonville State edged Tech for the team title, while
Golden Eagle John Greene was the individual winner with a time of
The meet is open to the public and admission and parking are free.
Complete results will be posted on TTUsports.com as soon as they