COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech first-year head coach
Wayne Angel has announced the cross country team's 2014 schedule
featuring an aggressive slate of competition. Both the men's and
women's squads will follow the same schedule of meets.
"There will be a lot of challenges this season," Angel said.
"Because we have not competed at this level before, against this
type of competition, I think it's necessary to find out what type
of student-athletes that I have, and what changes that I need to
make in terms of training and preparing the student-athletes
Angel, who was hired recently as head coach of cross country and
track & field programs, looks to push the squad as they tackle
this tough and ambitious schedule. With meets hosted by schools in
the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, and Big
Ten, the Golden Eagle student-athletes will face some of the top
competition in the NCAA.
"It's going to be very good to compete against teams of this
caliber," Angel said of the strength of schedule. "It's going to be
an eye-opener, but I think it's necessary so that the
student-athletes can understand what it takes to be good, and in
other levels, what it takes to be great."
The 2014 season will open on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Carolina
Invitational hosted by SEC foe, South Carolina. In September, the
Golden Eagles will travel to Big Ten country as they head to
Indiana to compete in the Indiana Open on Sept. 6. For the second
September meet, Tech will keep it local as they take on their
second SEC-caliber meet as they travel down I-40 to compete in the
Commodore Classic at Vanderbilt.
The Golden Eagles will open October competition at the Greater
Louisville Classic hosted by ACC rival Louisville on Oct. 4. They
will then travel on Oct. 11 to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in the
FSU Invitational hosted by the second ACC opponent of the season,
The culmination of the season is the Ohio Valley Conference
championship, which will be held this year in Oxford, Ala., on
Saturday, Nov. 1.
The NCAA South Regional meet will be held on familiar territory
as it is to be hosted by Florida State on Friday, Nov. 14.
"Slating a schedule like this sets a standard, and that standard
is hard work," Angel said. "You know that when you wear the colors
of purple and gold, it means something. And, that's it in a