ATLANTA (Sept. 6) — Georgia Tech’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will begin the 1999 campaign by running in the Tennessee-Chattanooga Open Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn. The men’s race will be 5K, while the women’s event will be 2 miles in length.
“We will determine our lineup this week, but our top two returnees will not run,” said head coach Alan Drosky, who enters his ninth year at the Tech helm. “Senior Becky Megesi won’t run on the women’s team because she ran so deep in the summer with NCAA track & field. Junior Joe Stegall has been battling a slight injury and will rest up for the North Carolina Invitational. This allow some younger athletes an opportunity to get a smaller-scale meet under the belt and lend some experience for the rest of the season.”
Tech’s men will be led by senior Brad Mills (Toledo, Ohio), who was the Yellow Jackets’ team leader at the NCAA District IX Championships, with a 29th place finish. Also running well during the preseason have been seniors Jason Grier (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Giovanni Pipia (Acworth, Ga.), and junior Joey Zins (Atlanta, Ga.). The women’s squad will be paced by senior Tina Frey (Peachtree City, Ga.), who has had a solid fall pre-season and junior Sara Pardue (Aurora, Colo.). Freshmen Amy Dock (Charlotte, N.C.) and Aenslee Tanner (Portsmouth, N.H.) have been among the top finishers in the squad’s early training.
Tech will next be in action Sept. 18 at the North Carolina Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.