Sept. 10, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane cross country teams are back in action Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Mook 4 Invitational. The Green Wave men and women will square off with squads from Centenary, Grambling State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and host Louisiana Tech at Lincoln Parrish Park in Ruston. The meet will begin at 9 a.m.
"We'll have a bigger squad for this event, so it will be a good opportunity for more student-athletes to prove themselves and showcase their abilities," assistant coach Glenn Smith said. "Showing improvement is the main goal this time of year. We want to see our kids drop their times, turn in better performances, get stronger and build towards conference competition."
On the men's side, freshmen Phillip Scruggs and Matt Morris are slated to make their Tulane debuts.
The Green Wave women will add Peggy Keplinger and Elizabeth Piazza to the squad list. The Tulane women are coming off an sixth place finish at the Memphis Twilight last Saturday, while the men finished 24th in Memphis.
Smith did not expect the one week turn around to be a factor this early in the season: "This is a shorter course for the women, and we're adding a pair to the men's roster, so only four runners competed last week. I don't think that's a concern this early in the season."
Following the Mook 4 Invitational, the Green Wave will have two weeks off until the LSU Invitational on September 26.