Tech Cross Country Heads South To Crimson Classic

Oct. 12, 2011

ATLANTA – The men’s and women’s cross country teams will head out on the road to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the Crimson Classic this Saturday, October 15 at Harry Pritchett Running Park on the campus of the University of Alabama. The men will begin things at 8:30 a.m. with an 8k followed by the women’s 5k race at 9:00.

This meet will be a good practice for the Tech squads as Pritchett Park is the site of the 2011 NCAA South Regional Championships.

Nearly 50 teams from 26 different schools will be in attendance at the meet including 17 that are ranked in the USTFCCCA Regional Polls. The SEC will have five teams in attendance including host team Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Tech will be the lone ACC school in attendance at the meet. Other regionally ranked regulars of Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, McNeese State, Samford, Stephen F. Austin and UAB will also take part in the meet.

Last time out at the Charlotte Invitational, the men’s team turned in a fourth place team finish as they were paced by Patrick Barron and his seventh place finish for the second-straight meet. Following right behind him was D.J. McMillan who has been the runner up for the Jackets for two meets in a row and then coming in third among Tech runners was Shawn Roberts, for the third time this season.

On the women’s side of things, Mary Kownack led the way with a 40th place finish in the field of 289 while the women as a whole crossed 10th. Coming in second among Yellow Jackets was junior transfer Katie Vance followed by newcomer Katie Townsend in third among Tech athletes.

Results can be found after the meet on www.rolltide.com.

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