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The ETSU men's team comes into the event with one of the top runners in the SoCon, junior Peter Dalton (
"I would expect Peter to finish in the top five, he is ready and he should have a good run," said ETSU head cross country coach Dave Walker.
Freshman Jordan Ladd (
"We are in a rebuilding year, but we will give some teams a run for their money and alert them to the fact that we are almost back," said
The women's team is led by senior Jennifer Habbestad (
"Christine and Jenny have been running very consistently all season," said ETSU assistant cross country coach Michelle Byrne.
Habbestad's best time this season came in the Furman Invitational, where she crossed the line 36th with a time of 19:46.54.
"Jenny has been slowed by an injury recently, but she will be ready for Saturday," said Byrne.
Ward has come on strong as of late, posting her best time at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open on Oct. 15, finishing sixth with a time of 19:17.20.
"Christine is ready to run well, she has trained hard and hopefully she will step up and get the job done," Byrne commented.
"We were ranked seventh in the conference preseason poll, and one of our team goals was to improve on that ranking," said Byrne. "We are hoping for a top-six finish, but in order to accomplish that goal, we need an all-out effort from one-to-five."
In last years SoCon meet from
The ETSU men's team finished third in last year's championship while the Buccaneer women placed eighth.
The women's 5K race will begin tomorrow at followed by the men's 8K at The cross country championships will be the first event on the new Southern Conference Sports Network, providing live coverage of the meet on the SoCon website, www.soconsports.com. Broadcast coverage begins on the website at