Sept. 10, 2004
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech cross country kicks off this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the Georgia State Invitational. The men’s eight-kilometer race is slated to begin at 9 a.m. followed by the women’s five-kilometer race at 10 a.m.
Headlining the men’s team will be senior Neil McDonagh. McDonagh enters the season after placing third amongst Tech runners at the NCAA South Region. The San Francisco, Calif. native led the Jackets at the Wake Forest Alumni Invitational with a third place finish.
Juniors Rob Kuhn and Clark Rivers are expected to be in the top half of the lineup as well. Kuhn, a native of Delmar, N.Y., was Tech’s top finisher at the UTC-Opener last year placing 11th with a time of 16:02 in the 5K. Rivers, the Fayetteville, Ga. resident, earned all-state honors as Tech’s top finisher at the Georgia State Collegiate Championships last season placing fifth.
Leading the way for the women are senior Jenny Lentz and sophomore Jenny Sims. Lentz, a native of Pisgah, N.C., posted a personal-best time of 18:58 in the 5K at the Clemson Invitational last year. Sims (Woodstock, Ga.) was Tech’s third finisher in two meets last season, but was hampered by injury.
Running in their first races for the Jackets will be eight freshmen, including Maria Hampton, Nisha Kurian, Elena Linn and Emily Yandle for the women and Kyle French, Masato Kan, Ryan Pfeffer and Nazar Trilisky for the men.
Several of Tech’s top runners will not race on Saturday.
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