Bucs Back to Work at Louisville XC Classic
Bucs Back to Work at Louisville XC Classic
Friday, September 28, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2018) – With two weekends complete of their 2018 season, ETSU men’s and women’s cross country haven’t finished outside the top-three as a team, Saturday attempting to extend that streak to a perfect three-for-three at Tom Sawyer Park.


The Louisville Cross Country Classic will mark the opening of the second-half of the regular season for ETSU cross country. Already competing at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. and the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite in Blacksburg, Va., only one event remains following this weekend before the Southern Conference championship meet October 27.

“I've been pleased with the results of our first two meets,” head coach George Watts said. “This weekend will be our toughest competition to date.  The biggest differences between this meet and our earlier meets will be a larger field size and quite a few more quality teams.  Whenever you have 250+ runners in a race it takes on a whole different strategy and atmosphere. 

“As a precaution, we are holding out several of our women so they can get healthy for the latter part of the season.  The women competing will have quite a challenge since we will be under strength, but I anticipate strong individual efforts from each of them.  The men have a little more depth going into this weekend and I expect them to position themselves early in the race to give them a chance to have a high team finish.”

The ETSU men have only finished outside the top-four in a regular season meet once in the past two-plus seasons, while the women have finished outside the top-five just twice in the same time period.


Event: 17th Annual Greater Louisville Classic

Date: Saturday, September 29

Time: Men, Gold Race – 9:30 a.m., Women, Gold Race – 10:15 a.m.

Site: Tom Sawyer Park - Louisville, Ky.

Distance: Men – 8K, Women – 5K

Opponents: 29 other schools are set to compete in the men’s race with ETSU, while 27 others will race with the women.

Tom Sawyer Park has played host to an NCAA championship meet all but one of the last eight years, hosting the Division I race in 2012, 2015, and 2017, the Division II competition in 2010 and 2014, and the Division III meet in 2016, with 2019 and 2021 DIII championships already secured.


The six ETSU women competing in Louisville are led by sophomore Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.), the Southern Conference cross country athlete of the week following her fourth-place finish at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite two weeks ago. Joining her in the 5K race are Lindsay Bruce (Knoxville, Tenn.), Shila Kapaya (Knoxville, Tenn.), Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.), Makayla Shaw (Jonesborough, Tenn.), and Hannah Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.).

The 12 ETSU men that will run are strongest in the sophomore class, with Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Matthew Scarr (Wambersal, Australia), top-five finishers two weekends ago, leading ETSU into the 8K event. Joining the second-year duo are Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.), Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.), Gavin Cooper (LaFollette, Tenn.), James Garst (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.), Nathan Longfellow (Cookeville, Tenn.), Louis Morris (Knoxville, Tenn.), Ben O'Connor (Knoxville, Tenn.), Carl Oberfeitinger (Kingsport, Tenn.), and Josh Routh (Johnson City, Tenn.).


Follow the full day of action, headlined by the Gold races in which ETSU will be competing, with Flash Results, who will have times from all the runners streaming towards the finish line. ETSUBucs.com will have a full recap of the event immediately following its conclusion.

For more information on Buccaneer men’s and women’s cross country, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the cross country links under the sports tab.