Tech teams running Saturday at OVC Cross Country Championships

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- After setting most of their career-best marks two weeks ago, the Tennessee Tech women's and men's cross country teams are hoping that trend continues Saturday when they compete in the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference championships, hosted by Southeast Missouri State University. The meet will take place at the Jaycee Golf Course in Cape Girardeau, with the women's 5K race starting at 9 a.m. CDT. The men's will run an 8K route beginning at 9:45 a.m.

The lineup for the Tech women's squad includes Ashley Evans, Traci Jones, Sarah Kmet, Keri Light, Tiffany Palmer, Stephanie Place and Amanda Simmons.Place, who has been named OVC RUnner of the Week five times this season, finished fifth in the OVC meet as a sophomore and third last year, capturing first-team all-OVC honors both years. Keri Light placed ninth a year ago to earn second-team all-OVC recognition.

Scheduled to run for the Tech men's team Saturday are Joseph DeLorenzo, Brian Kennedy, Ethan McGroom, Jarrad Read, Ben Shassere, Sam Taylor, Ben Thompson, Peter Woerner. The Tech men have not placed a runner in the OVC Top 10 since Nathan Pugh did it in 1994 (10th) and 1995 (9th).

Results of the meet will be posted on, the official Tech athletics website.