Chattanooga Cross Country to Compete at SoCon Championships Saturday

The Chattanooga men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to compete Saturday at the Southern Conference Championships hosted by VMI in Lexington, Va.

“We have looked very good the last two weeks,” Mocs head coach Andy Meyer said. “The kids all had a great tune-up practice Monday morning.”

The women will be without all-conference senior Makenzie Jones this week.

“We will miss her immensely,” Meyer said. “But we have confidence in her teammates to shoulder a little more of the burden and not miss a beat.”

The Mocs will have top runners Lesley Green and Justine Glass to lead the team along with Emma Russum who has steadily improved over the season. The trio will be bolstered by the consistency of newcomer Morgan Ouellette while Ashtyn Hagood and Julianna McReynolds have hopefully beaten the injury bug and can at full strength.

“Faith Brown has also been one of our most consistent performers,” Meyer said. “Allie Potter has been able to make great strides in practice and will be making the trip with us.”

Consistency among the team has not been Chattanooga’s calling card this season.

“The ladies have had some great meets this year and some okay meets,” Meyer observed. “All the teams will be chasing Furman. Below them, Samford has been running very well as has ETSU and UNCG. Throw us into the mix and basically second through fifth place is up for grabs. We have beaten ETSU and they have beat us. It will be who races the best on Saturday.

“Coach [Ty] Griffin has done a great job getting the girls ready and excited to compete for the conference race!”

Women – 5K
Justine Glass
Lesley Green
Emma Russum
Ashtyn Hagood
Morgan Ouellette
Julianna McReynolds
Faith Brown
Allie Potter

The men will have a full roster and making great progress throughout the season.

“We are the healthiest we have been all season,” Meyer said. “Each race we have gotten better as a team and looks like tJhings are coming together at just the right time.”
Jonathan Boyd and Ryan Phillips have led the Mocs this season.

Jonathan has been our leader all year and has had a great year,” Meyer said. “Ryan Phillips has had a tremendous breakthrough season and Kaigen Mulkey has been getting stronger throughout.”

Eric Mitchell has PRd a few races this season and Jasper Wilson has bounced back the last couple of weeks after an early struggle.

It’s the freshman that Meyer will have to rely upon in the last weeks of the season.

“Our freshmen have started a little slow but have made huge gains in the last two races,” Myer said. “Aaron Isabell has been on a tear and Eammon O’Bryant has been right behind him. Lane Hollis has been gaining strength as well and had some really good workouts the last two weeks.”

Like the women, Furman is the team to beat in the men’s race.

“Furman is team all the men will be chasing,” Meyer said. “ETSU has had an exceptional year as well. After those two teams, like in the women’s race, it is a free for all. Samford, UNGC, VMI, Mercer and us are all about equal. It will be who has the better day Saturday for the rest of the placings.”

Men – 8K
Jonathan Boyd
Ryan Phillips
Aaron Isbell
Eammon O’Bryant
Kaigen Mulkey
Jasper Wilson
Eric Mitchell
Lane Hollis