Athletic News

August 20, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Experienced runners back to lead Huntingdon cross country teams

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Huntingdon cross country coach Nate Rucker spent the first week of the preseason trying to gauge the fitness level of his men’s and women’s teams.

Rucker has been pleased with what he has seen during the early stages of two-a-days.

“It’s been a good first week,” Rucker said. “I’m really happy with what I’ve seen from the returning runners. I think we still have some work to do, but I’m pretty happy with where we are right now.”

With a core group of runners returning for both teams, Rucker is cautiously optimistic about both teams’ chances of repeating as Great South Athletic Conference champions.   

“We have six of our top seven back on the women’s side and we return five solid runners on the men’s team,” Rucker said. “All of them were very instrumental in us winning the conference title last year. We hope to make another run at the conference title with both teams this year.”

Leading the women’s team is three-time GSAC Runner of the Year Caitlin McMahon. The senior was an all-region performer in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional last season.

“This is her last go-around,” Rucker said. “She is a three-time conference champion. That is something that had never been done before in the conference. I know trying to win a fourth conference title is one of her goals, along with trying to be All-Region again. We’ve still got a lot of work to do for it to happen, but I know she also wants to be a national qualifier this season.”

On the men’s side, Rucker said Jeff Jenkins looks like the top contender to replace Kent Hagan as the No. 1 runner. Jenkins was an All-Conference performer last season.

Both teams start the season at the Sewanee Invitational on Sept. 3.

“That will be good for us,” Rucker said. “We haven’t been to this one before, so hopefully we will see some other good Division III schools and have some good competition. I think it will benefit us a lot in the long run.”


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