LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2007) - The East Tennessee State cross country team ran in one of the nations top collegiate races Saturday, and both the men and women posted solid times in the Greater Louisville Sports Commission located at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
The ETSU men's squad placed seventh out of 36 overall teams, which featured 18 schools that are currently or have been ranked in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Regional, NCAA Division III National and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Cross Country Polls this season.
ETSU was led by sophomore Kenneth Rotich (
Juniors Jeff Crane (
Rounding out the top-four for ETSU was senior Jordan Ladd (
"I am very pleased with our overall effort at such a big meet," said head ETSU men's cross county coach Dave Walker. "We ran very strong up front, especially with Rotich and Crane; however, we still need to work on our pace with our number five runner."
On the women's side, every ETSU runner posted a season best mark on Saturday.
Sophomore Vicki Currie (
Freshmen twins Terra and Tesha Haggard (
Rounding things out for the Lady Bucs were freshman Rochelle Crook (
"Our girls worked very hard today and are really coming along very well," said ETSU assistant Mandy Virgets. "Their hard work in practice is really paying off, and for all them to post either a season/personal best time on such a difficult course shows how much they are improving."
The Bucs will not race again until Saturday, Oct. 13 when they run in the Furman Invitational, marking their final meet before the conference championships on Oct. 27. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on ETSU cross country and all other athletic news.