CHATTANOOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's and women's cross country teams return to the Scenic City to host the annual Front Runner Invitational Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Moccasin Bend Race Course.
Despite suffering a few injuries at the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 2, the men's team will hit the 5-kilometer course as they gear up for the Southern Conference championships on Oct. 30 in Boone, N.C. Senior Emmanuel Kirwa (Kapsabet, Kenya) holds the top time in the Southern Conference in the 8K with a time of 24:06.28 from the Greater Louisville Classic with junior Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) ranked third in the league with a time of 24:28.22 from the same event.
Senior Anneli Uys (Somerville, Australia) is ranked fourth among all SoCon runners in the 5K with a time of 17:49.27 from the Greater Louisville Classic. She will be joined by teammates Tara Gietema (Knoxville, Tenn.) Lauren Anderson (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Shelley Taylor (Cohutta, Ga.).
The Running Mocs will host teams from Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee, Samford, Tennessee (women only) Tennessee State, Trevvecca Nazarene and West Georgia.
"It will be good for us to go up against conference rival Samford this weekend," UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. "It will give us a good idea of where we are as we get ready for the championships in two weeks. We are also looking forward to going up against Tennessee again this year."
Also running this week unattached is two-time NCAA 800m champion Phoebe Wright who ran her final season with the Lady Vols last year. The Red Bank High School graduate comes to Chattanooga to run in front of her hometown crowd. Wright holds the school record for Tennessee in the women's 800 meter run with a time of 1:58.22 set at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., last summer and dipped below the 2-minute mark a second time at the Invitation-Only Herculis Monaco meet at Stade Louis II in Monaco.
The women's 2-mile race will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Moccasin Bend followed by the men's 5K at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Results will be posted at GoMocs.com following the men's race.