NASHVILLE --- With top performers back from the 2017 Tennessee State cross country teams, the 2018 squads looks to continue to build.
On the women’s side, Tennessee State Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice welcomes back Rebekah Wynn for her sophomore season after pacing the Tigerbelles in all five cross country meets a year ago.
Other returners for the women from the 2017 cross country team include Mikayla Banks, Re’Anna Blair, Grenetria Shell and Tayler Smith.
For the men, TSU’s three top finishers at last year’s Ohio Valley Conference Championship – Larry McNary, Marcus Abdul and Thomas Mosley – are all back as sophomores in 2018. Abdul posted TSU’s best time in the 2017 season opener before McNary was TSU’s top performer in the final four meets last fall.
To go along with a talented recruiting class, juniors Jamario Scott and Quintsontro Irby, Jr. are in their third seasons with the cross country team.
TSU opens the season with two meets at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. The Belmont Opener is slated for Friday, Aug. 31 with the Commodore Classic set for Sept. 15. Next up is the Austin Peay Cross Country Festival (Sept. 22 – Clarksville, Tenn.) and the Fast Cats Classic (Oct. 6 – Owensboro, Ky.) before the OVC Championship on Oct. 27 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
TSU DIRECTOR OF TRACK AND FIELD CHANDRA CHEESEBOROUGH-GUICE
- On the cross country schedule
“As a coaching staff, we put the schedule together. We didn’t want to go too far away in the fall so we can do more trips indoor and outdoor since we’ll be in Birmingham a lot. We were able to put together a good schedule that we’re excited about without having to travel too far away during cross country season.”
- On an overview of both teams
“On the men’s side, we’ve got five solid guys. We’ve never had that before. To have five means a lot. On the women’s side, we lost a lot from last year’s team, so we’ll be rebuilding a little bit this year.”
- On the men’s team
“Larry McNary, Thomas Mosley and Marcus Abdul are all back. They did a fantastic job as freshmen last season. I think this past summer, they put in quality work and they’re ready to run. We’re also excited about our freshmen class and our returners, so we like the direction we’re heading with our men’s team.”
- On returning Rebekah Wynn to the women’s team
“Rebekah I think will come back and improve on her 19.58 (5K time). We just want her to get down a little lower than she did last year. It’s great to have her back after leading us in every meet last fall.”