BELMONT OPENER (5K)
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016
Percy Warner Park – Vaughn’s Gap (Nashville, Tenn. )
WOMEN: 9 a.m. | MEN: 9:40 a.m.
STARTING LINE: The Tennessee State men’s and women’s cross country teams open the 2016 season with the Belmont Opener at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Both the men’s and women’s teams will run 5K races.
TEAMS: Austin Peay, Belmont, Chattanooga (Men's only), Lipscomb, Murray State, Nashville Harriers (unattached), Rhodes, Tennessee State, Trevecca Nazarene, Vanderbilt
GETTING FAMILIAR: TSU will get a first-hand look at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship course, running on the course on Saturday. The OVC Championships are scheduled for Oct. 29 at Percy Warner Park.
WOMEN’S TEAM: This year’s women’s cross country team features five returners from last year’s team, including Kenyana Hampton (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who was TSU’s top finisher in all five races last cross country season. Sisters Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) and Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) are back for their junior seasons after taking second and third for TSU throughout last season.
MEN’S TEAM: Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) and Jontue McDowell (Jacksonville, Fla.) are back in the fold after leading the Flying Tigers in all five races in 2015. The roster also features seven student-athletes competing for TSU in cross country for the first time.
SCHEDULE: This season’s cross country schedule includes four meets leading up to the OVC Championships. After running in the Belmont Opener, TSU travels to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the Asics Embry-Riddle Classic on Sept. 17. The final two regular season meets are the Austin Peay Cross Country Festival (Sept. 24) and the Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic (Oct. 1). The OVC Championships are set for Oct. 29 in Nashville.
PRESEASON POLL: TSU was tabbed as the underdogs in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Polls. Tennessee State checked in at 12th place in both polls. Eastern Kentucky was chosen as the preseason favorite for the OVC on both the men’s and women’s side.
Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice
“This weekend, we’re just getting started. I just hope that the young ladies and the young men will complete the course with a satisfying time. I’m not looking for their personal bests as of yet, but we’re headed in that direction. I’m looking forward to the cross country season.”
- On beginning the cross country season
“On the women’s side, we’re really young. Even though we have some returners, they are still young in cross country. For the men’s side, I’m pleased about them. I think we’ll have two freshmen that are going to do really well for us.”
- On expectations for the season
“It’s good. We get to run on the course early and then late in the season. It will be a good preview of what is to come at the OVC Championships.”
- On getting to run the OVC course early in the season