"It's a great honor to host the Southern Conference," Chattanooga head coach Andy Meyer said. "The weather is supposed to be good and people will get to see a quality race.
"It's going to be a dog fight. Furman is the one everybody is shooting for, but they aren't heads and [shoulders] above the rest," Meyer said. "We've got a great shot. Us, Samford and ETSU are fighting it out in that next level."
Senior Paul Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.), a 2015 All-Conference Second Team performer, will lead the Mocs over the 8-kilometer course in just their second race in the new location. He is joined by fellow seniors Austin Casassa (Nashville, Tenn.) and Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario).
Junior transfer Brennan Huber (Manchester, Tenn.) has recorded the Mocs' top 8K time this season with a 25:04.20 at the JSU Foothills Invitational at the beginning of the month. Look for newcomers Gavin Hasty (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Nathan Watson (Hendersonville, Tenn.) to make a push in the race along with 2015 all-freshman team member Richard Guiry (Nashville, Tenn.) and John Payne (Portland, Tenn.).
The women's team is senior-led beginning with top performer Maddison Melchionna (Afton, Tenn.). The school-record holder in the indoor and outdoor track 800 meter, ranks 11th in the Southern Conference standings in the 5K with a time of 18:18.2. Fellow senior Hannah Chamblin (Memphis, Tenn.) earned all-conference second team honors last season and sits 14th in the SoCon standings.
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