Bucs to begin season on Sept. 4 in Boone, N.C.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 4, 2009) - With the ETSU cross country season exactly one month away from starting competition, head coach David. E. Walker released the Bucs' daunting schedule on Tuesday.
The Buccaneer men, who claimed the 2008 Atlantic Sun Championship, return four members from that squad - including Runner of the Year Kenneth Rotich (Nairobi, Kenya). On the women's side, twin sisters Terra and Tesha Haggard (Morristown, Tenn.) will lead the charge for the Lady Bucs as they begin their third year at ETSU.
ETSU begins its slate on Friday, Sept. 4, when the Bucs make the short trip over the mountain to compete at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. Following their stint in Boone, the Bucs return to Tennessee and run at the Chattanooga Opener on Friday, Sept. 11, while also sending some student-athletes to the nearby Irish Brigade 5K Trail Run in Elizabethton on Sept. 13. ETSU will then close out the month on Friday, Sept. 18 when the Bucs get a sneak peek at the NCAA Regional terrain in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Bucs will compete with the toughest teams in the region when they run at the 21st Annual Crimson Classic.
Following its first weekend off of the campaign, ETSU takes a trip up north to Louisville as the Bucs showcase their strength at the prestigious Greater Louisville Challenge on October 3. Again, after another weekend off to refresh, the Bucs head south to the Florida sun and catch a glimpse of the course where the 2009 A-Sun Championships will be contested in DeLand. ETSU will test the waters against some conference foes at the Hatter Invitational on Friday, Oct. 16, or the Bucs may decide to take a detour and travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Pre-National Meet on Oct. 17.
From there, the Buccaneer men look to repeat as conference champions on the final Saturday of the month (Oct. 31) when ETSU competes at the A-Sun Championships in DeLand, Fla. After a two week hiatus, ETSU returns to action at the NCAA Regional on November 14 in Tuscaloosa. The 2009 cross country season comes to an end on Nov. 23 with the NCAA Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.
"This is a very competitive and strong schedule for our student-athletes to face," commented Walker. "Each week it looks like we will be running against the top teams in our region and we will also get a chance to preview the terrain of the conference championship course in October. It will be an exciting season, and our men's and women's team will have a chance to improve each week."
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