Athletic News

September 02, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon cross country teams ready to run this weekend

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Huntingdon College cross country coach Nate Rucker understands the preseason can become a grind.

When the Hawks travel to the Sewanee Invitational on Saturday, Rucker knows his men’s and women’s teams will be ready for the competition to begin.

“We’re looking forward to this weekend,” Rucker said. “Two weeks of preseason practice can become kind of monotonous, so actually getting into competition is a highlight to start the season. We’ve never been to this meet but I think it will be good for both the men and the women.”

The men and women are the defending Great South Athletic Conference champions. Both teams also return the majority of last year’s runners.

“We’ve seen good things from this team in workouts,” said senior Jeff Jenkins, an all-conference runner as a junior. “We have four of our top five runners back and we have a freshman that looks promising. We’re looking strong as a team and everyone is stepping up and filling the roles we need them to. One of our goals is to repeat as conference champions.”

The men have won two GSAC championships in the past three seasons. The women have won two straight.

“We definitely want to get back to conference and try to win it again,” said senior and three-time GSAC Runner of the Year Caitlin McMahon said. “We have the same team as last year and a couple of additions that are looking strong. I think we have the potential to compete on the regional level this year and move up in the standings.”

Rucker has high expectations for his teams. But right now, he wants the focus to be on improving and building up as the season progresses.

“It’s a process,” Rucker said. “Our expectations are high, but it’s still early in the season. The first meet of the year, anything can happen and you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad. If we have a good day, that’s great. If we don’t, we go back to work and see what we can improve on.

“The first part of the season is about looking to see what we need to do to improve. We’ll start fine-tuning as we get deeper into the season.”

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Hodge Patterson
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
hpatterson@huntingdon.edu


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