Golden Eagle runners to compete at Charlotte Invitational Saturday

Golden Eagle runners to compete at Charlotte Invitational Saturday

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- A large, challenging field awaits Saturday when the Tennessee Tech cross country teams compete at the Charlotte Invitational. Coach Tony Cox's teams have not competed in two weeks, and hope to be fresh for the races.

The women's race is a 6K route, and begins at 8:45 a.m. EDT on the McAlpine Creek Park course. The men's event is an 8K circuit, and is slated for a 9:20 a.m. EDT starting gun.

Rebecca Cline, a senior from Spring Hill, Tenn., will pace the Tech women's team after leading the squad in each of the first two meets of the year. The second-place finisher on the squad has been split, with senior Meghan O'Donoghue in that role in the first race of the year and senior Peri Winborne finishing just behind Cline in the second outing two weeks ago.

In addition to that threesome, Tech's lineup Saturday will also feature senior Amelia McCoy and Yeshi Dohrmann, junior Elizabeth Mitchell and freshman Claire Cashin.

John Greene, a senior from Friendsville, Tenn., should set the pace for the Golden Eagle men's team, as he has done each of the initial two races this season. At the Vanderbilt Invitational two weeks ago, Greene covered the distance in 26:18, just one second shy of his career-best (26:17 at the 2011 Evansville Invitational). Cox expects Greene will be one of several Tech runners to surpass their career-best marks at the Charlotte layout, a relatively flat course.

Sterling Smith, a junior from Knoxville, Tenn., has been second while Brennan Huber, a freshman from Greenbrier, Tenn., have held the next two spots for the Golden Eagles so far this season. They will be in the lineup, along with senior Matt Bishop, and freshmen Daniel Williamson, Jordan Roth and Sam Lariviere.

Complete race results will be posted on as soon as they become available. Results can also be found by clicking here.