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September 15, 2012

Tech runners in Nashville Saturday for Vandy's Commodore Classic


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech cross country teams will be in Nashville Saturday to compete in the Commodore Classic, being hosted by Vanderbilt University at Percy Warner Park.

The field is one of the largest and deepest in the history of the race, with several Southeastern Conference teams coming to preview the 2012 SEC Championships, which will also be run at Percy Warner.

The size of the field means there will be four total races, two men's races and two women's races. Each gender will be broken down into a Gold race that will include all Division I schools and a Black race which will include non-Division I schools, unattached runners and overflow runners from Division I schools.

Action will begin at 9 a.m. with the Men's Gold 8K Race. There will be 24 teams in the race, including seven SEC schools. The race also includes Ohio Valley Conference schools Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Murray State, Tennessee State, UT Martin and the Golden Eagles.

Coach Tony Cox expects to take a lineup of 11 runners for the men's race, led by Matthew Bishop who paced the team last week in the season opener at the UA Huntsville Invitational.

The Women's Gold 6K Race will begin at 9:45 a.m. That race will include 25 schools and eight SEC participants. The same eight OVC teams will compete in the women's Gold event.

The Tech lineup for the women's race will include 12 runners, including last weeks team leader, Beth Miller, who finished ninth overall at Huntsville.

The Men's Black 8K race will go off at 10:30 a.m. and feature 15 teams, while the Women's Black 6K race will get underway at 11:15 a.m. and include 12 teams.

Fans are invited to come out and see all four races at Percy Warner. There is no charge for admission.

Men's Gold 8K Race - 9:00 a.m.
Alabama, Belmont, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, LSU, Lipscomb, Marshall, Memphis, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Morehead State, Murray State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee-Martin, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky

Women's Gold 6K Race - 9:45 a.m.
Alabama, Alabama A&M, Belmont, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, LSU, Lipscomb, Marshall, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Morehead State, Murray State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee-Martin, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky

Men's Black 8K Race - 10:30 a.m.
Bethel (Tenn.), Birmingham-Southern, Blue Mountain, Bryan, Christian Brothers, Eastern Kentucky, Freed-Hardeman, Kentucky Wesleyan, Lipscomb, Murray State, Nashville Harriers, Rhodes, Shorter, Tennessee Temple, Trevecca Nazarene, University of the South, Union (Tenn.) and West Alabama

Women's Black 6K Race - 11:15 a.m.
Bethel (Tenn.), Birmingham-Southern, Blue Mountain, Bryan, Freed-Hardeman, Kentucky Wesleyan, Murray State, Rhodes, Shorter, Trevecca Nazarene, University of the South, Union (Tenn.), West Alabama and Western Kentucky

Results will be available on TTUsports.com as soon as they become available.