The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to Atlanta, Ga., for the 38th annual Georgia State Cross Country Invitational this Friday.
The women’s 4K race will begin at 4 p.m. at the Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton, Ga., featuring eight teams. The men’s 8K will follow at approximately 4:30 p.m. The races will feature teams from Auburn, Chattanooga, Florida A&M, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Mercer and Troy. Non-Division I opponent West Georgia will also be competing in the event.
Chattanooga dropped in the weekly regional ranking from sixth to ninth and will be up against fifth-ranked Auburn.
The Mocs had a strong opening meet at their PowerAde Invitational with senior Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) taking first and leading the men to the win while sophomore Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario) led the women to the title with her first individual win.
Sophomore Paul Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.) was third overall followed by classmate Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario) at the Mocs home opener. Look for strong performances by senior Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) who made his return to the course after an injury sidelined him last year as well as senior John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.)
Sophomore Rebecca Greenwall (Bogart, Ga.) made her debut at the PowerAde after transferring to UTC last year. Junior Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.), freshmen Maddison Melchionna (Afton, Tenn.), Katie Ray (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Anna Kate Chance (Columbia, Tenn.) will all provide a deep field for the Running Mocs. Senior Amanda Cotter (Bristol, Conn.) stumbled along the course in the opener injuring her ankle on the first loop.
Nash Farm Battlefield Park, Georgia State’s home course since 2010, is located at 100 Babbs Mill Road in Hampton, Ga. The Civil War Battlefield is off Exit 221 of I-75 south of Atlanta on Jonesboro Road, about five miles from the interstate. Admission and parking are free on site.