LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2019) -- With the calendar turning to October earlier this week, it only means one thing – the ETSU cross county teams are inching one step closer to the Southern Conference Championships.
The Blue and Gold make another tune-up this weekend as the Buccaneers travel to Louisville for the Greater Louisville Classic, which will be held on Saturday from E.P “Tom” Sawyer Park.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU is coming off its appearance at the Virginia Tech Alumni Meet back on Sept. 21 in Blacksburg, Va.
Junior Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) captured his first collegiate win en route to claiming both Southern Conference Runner of the Week and Student-Athlete of the Week honors for his stellar performance. Varghese completed the 8K course in 24:25.9, becoming the first Buccaneer student-athlete to win a race since Oct. 17, 2014 when Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) took home the honor at the Catamount Classic.
That marked Varghese’s 10th top-five finish of his collegiate career, which helped guide the Blue and Gold to a third-place finish.
Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.) placed 18th and 19th in Blacksburg with marks of 25:45.4 and 25:46.8 … Gemechu led the Bucs in their season opener back on Aug. 31 in Boone, N.C.
On the women’s side, Makalya Shaw (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Shila Kapaya (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the Bucs at the Virginia Tech meet by finishing in 31st and 32nd … Shaw clocked in at 23:29 and Kapaya – the reigning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year – was right behind in 23:32.1.
Saturday’s collegiate meet is built into six different races with the Buccaneer men beginning the morning in the Gold race at 9:30 a.m., while the women will be in the Blue race at 11:30 a.m.
Forty teams make up the men’s gold field and 82 teams will be represented in the women’s blue field.
In the men’s gold field, 10 teams are ranked in the top-15 of the NCAA Division I regional rankings, including MTSU being tabbed No. 22 nationally.
Below are the teams ranked in their respective regions:
Great Lakes Region – No. 15 Bowling Green
South Region – No. 2 MTSU, No. 10 ETSU, No. 12 Lipscomb, No. 13 Samford, No. 15 Vanderbilt
Southeast Region – No. 9 Louisville, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 12 Campbell, No. 15 Davidson
Live scoring of the meet will be available here
A LOOK AHEAD
Following this weekend’s meet, the Bucs will return to action the weekend of Oct. 18-19 as the women are scheduled to run in the BertCross Invite on Friday, Oct. 18 and the men are heading to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Follow ETSU cross country on Twitter@ETSU_TF_XC. For more information on Buccaneer men’s and women’s cross country, visit ETSUBucs.com.