The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s and women’s cross country teams will hit the road this weekend for the Southern Conference Championships hosted by Mercer Saturday at the Georgia Premier Cross Country Course.
This will be just the second meet for the Mocs this season who ran at the Mercer Invitational on the same course last month.
The men’s 8-kilometer race will begin at 10:00 a.m.
with the women’s race starting at 10:45 a.m. Both times Eastern. There will be live results available on the cross country schedule page and the results will be posted to GoMocs.com following the race. The program will be available in a digital format.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, fans will not be allowed to interact with the student-athletes or essential personnel until after the awards ceremony. Masks or face coverings will be mandatory at the competition site for the duration of the event.
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HEAD COACH ANDY MEYER
“We are happy to have got this far through the season be able to compete in the conference championship. It has been a roller coaster of emotions for the kids, running in the fall; then not running; then running again in a shorten abbreviated season. Also add in COVID issues and virtual learning for most of the kids and I'm amazed how resilient they have been and the mental toughness they have shown this fall.”
COACH MEYER’S TAKE ON THE WOMEN’S TEAM
Our women's team has trained well and is looking forward to the competition. We will be led by all-conference performer, Makenzie Jones.
- Makenzie has a legitimate shot at a top 10 overall finish.
- Sophomore Lesley Green is looking to finish in the top 20 overall and maybe finish all-conference with a good race.
- Seniors Sophia Neglia and Aslynd Broling-Miller will be anchoring our main pack and we will be leaning on them for points.
- We have two freshmen who have impressed us through this fall. Emma Russum and Julianna McReynolds are running their first conference championship and could defiantly push our seniors and even surprise others. They have exhibited that much talent early.
COACH MEYER’S TAKE ON THE MEN
Our men's team also has had a great fall training. Unfortunately for the team though we have had to battled Covid issues and will be running one junior and four freshmen and will be missing three of our top six men.
- Jonathan Boyd is our lone upperclassman and could have a great change at a top 20 finish.
- Freshman Seth Robinson has been improving all fall and has been trending right behind Jonathan. Eric Mithcell has battled a little knee problem but seems to be on the downside of that. Kaigen Mulkey and Jacob Boykin will have to step up and compete hard in their first conference championship.
COACH MEYER’S TAKE ON THE REST OF THE FIELD
Realistically, team-wise, Furman is the team to chase. After that, our conference is wide open with us, Samford, ETSU, UNCG, and host Mercer fighting for the other two podium spots. With COVID, injuries and the "on again, off again, back on-again season" it will be an interesting day Saturday.
Team-wise Furman will be at the top with the rest of the results wide open. Some of the schools have not raced at all this fall, some of had to battle COVID. It's just so hard in this crazy year to guess what may happen, but we will put our very best effort forward and see what happens!