EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE cross country heads to Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Championships Saturday.
The women's 5K race will begin at 9 a.m with the men's 8K race following at 10 a.m. The event is being held at the Vaughn's Creek Cross Country Course at Percy Warner Park, which previously played host to the OVC Championships in 2009. The meet is free and open to the public.
"This is the meet we have been building towards all season," said SIUE Assistant Coach Kayla Brown. "All of our training has been leading up to this weekend."
The SIUE men's team finished third at the OVC Championship in each of the past two seasons. Senior Keith Meyer, who was named OVC Runner of the Week October 18th, ran the second-fastest 8K time in SIUE history (24 minutes, 34.9 seconds) in preparation for this event. He will look to improve on his fifth-place individual finish from a season ago at the OVC Championship.
Senior Erin Kennedy will look to pace the SIUE team at Saturday's meet. In her last race, she was 48th overall at the Bradley Pink Classic. She was the Cougars top finisher at the OVC Championship a year ago in 27th place. As a team, SIUE placed ninth out of 12 teams last season.
"At the end of the day, we're going to run our race," said Brown. "We can't worry about what another team is doing or get distracted by that. We have our own style of racing."
Eastern Kentucky is the defending champion in both the men's and women's races.
"We're excited to represent SIUE and are hoping to build off of what we did last year," added Brown.