Cross country gears up for conference meet Saturday

Friday, November 01, 2013

ETSU looks repeat last season’s successes at the Atlantic Sun Championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 1, 2013) – After four regular season meets this season, the year-long training comes to a head Saturday as the ETSU men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Championship at Vaughn's Gap Course at Percy Warner Park.

The men will kick action off in an 8K on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., followed by the women launching in a 5K at 10 a.m.

“We look forward to this weekend’s competition,” said ETSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country George Watts. “Both teams will need to execute their individual race plans.”

Following a week off from competition last week, both squads look to build upon the progress they have made this season to get to this point. In addition, the two teams will look to duplicate, and/or improve upon, the success they experienced last season at the A-Sun Championship where the men took second overall while the women earned fifth overall.

“Our women’s team is much improved and can place higher than last year,” said Watts. “Also, the men’s team can battle for the top spot in a race that could come down to the last 800 meters.”

The prospects for the men’s team are bright heading into competition on Saturday. Placing among the top-10 in each of the four races this season, as well as placing in the top-five in three of the four, the men look to carry this momentum with them to Nashville.

Though a little banged up on the injury front, the Buccaneers still sport a strong top-five and are led by junior Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) who has been ETSU’s top finisher the past two races. The native Czech aims to repeat his performance at the Championship of last season where he ran a career-best 24:48.2 which was good for third-place overall and first-team all-conference honors.

As has been the case throughout the season, the women will lean on its veterans to guide them at the Championship. The one-two punch of sophomore sensation Katie Hirko (Oley, Pa.) and senior Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W.Va.) has been a staple throughout the year and will be depended on to produce in Nashville.

Capturing the headlines for the women’s squad will be Hirko who has been outstanding in 2013. In each of the four races this year, the Pennsylvania native has been the Bucs’ top finisher and is currently averaging a 10th-place overall finish through the four meets. Hirko will look to replicate her showing last season at the Championship where she finished fourth overall with a personal best time of 17:36.8 en route to conference Freshman Runner of the Year honors.

“Both teams are in a good frame of mind,” said Watts, “and I believe they will perform well.”

Stay tuned to ETSUBucs.com on Saturday for a recap and results from the Atlantic Sun Championship.

ETSU fans wanting to receive Buccaneer news, score updates, in-game promotions and much more sent to their mobile device can do so by signing up for “Buc Updates.” Click here to sign up today!

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
WTEN ETSU Results
Sep 13 Elon Fall Invitational
WGOLF Mary Fossum Invitational East Lansing, Mich.
Sep 13 7th of 15
MTEN ETSU Results
Sep 13 Southern Intercollegiate Invitational
VB ETSU 1 Nashville, Tenn.
Sep 13 Lipscomb University 3
VB ETSU 3 Nashville, Tenn.
Sep 13 Georgia Tech 2
MSOC ETSU 0 F
Sep 13 Kentucky 2
WTEN ETSU Results
Sep 14 Elon Fall Invitational
MTEN ETSU Results
Sep 14 Southern Intercollegiate Invitational
WSOC ETSU 4 F 2OT
Sep 14 Howard 3
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 15 First official practice
VB ETSU 1 Nashville, Tenn.
Sep 16 Tennessee State 3
MSOC FIU 1 F
Sep 16 ETSU 2
SB Milligan Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 18, 5:00 p.m. ETSU
SB Milligan Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 18, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MTEN ETSU Results
Sep 19, 7:00 p.m. UVa Ranked Plus One Invitational
MCC Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational Blacksburg, Va.
Sep 19 3 of 8
WCC Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational Blacksburg, Va.
Sep 19 5 of 7
WTEN ETSU Results
Sep 19 USC Upstate Fall Classic