CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s and women’s track and field teams will head to the Samford Multi and Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The state-of-the-art facility will play host to a total of 47 teams and over 1,800 athletes, which is a record for a collegiate event held at the CrossPlex.
The Mocs will field a full team this weekend as athletes will look to earn qualifying times for the Southern Conference Tournament next month.
“I always try to pick one meet out of the year that is similar to the conference,” UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. “You have to practice the pressure and this helps. Plus, you have to have qualifying times and this will give them a good shot at it.”
Sophomore All-American Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario) will compete in the Mile as a warm up to the SoCon.
Sophomore Rebecca Greenwall (Bogart, Ga.) will run in her first collegiate indoor 3000 meter alongside junior Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.) as the pair will look to qualify for the fast heat of the SoCon Tournament.
In the men’s 3000, senior Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) has already qualified but will look to improve on his time. He will be joined by senior Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) and transfer Harry Smithers (Melbourne, Australia).
“In the conference, there’s a time you have to hit to qualify for the fast heat,” Gautier said. “Sometimes not enough hit that time, so they take the top 17.”
Sophomores Marquis Carter (Memphis, Tenn.) and Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario) finished second and fourth in the SoCon Championships last season in the 800 meter.
“This will be their first time running open,” Gautier said. “We’re excited to see what they can do.”
In the women’s race freshmen in Hannah Chamblin (Memphis, Tenn.) and Chandler Rogers (Loudon, Tenn.) will join sophomore Kiaana Howard (Nashville, Tenn.) in the women’s 800 meter.
For sophomore Iman Isang (Atlanta, Ga.) will compete in the hurdles this weekend. He is currently ranked eighth in the SoCon and this will be the fastest track on which he’s run.
“I was really pleased with James Stovall last week,” Gautier said.Stovall, a member of the Southern Conference Champion football squad, had a strenuous session in the