CC coach looks toward conference championship
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
Beginning his second year as head coach for ETSU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams, George Watts discussed his expectations for the 2013-14 season.
“I’m very pleased with this year’s runners. A lot of the team ran for ETSU last year, and both teams have improved from last season,” said Watts, who came to ETSU from the University of Tennessee.
There have been two meets so far in the cross country season.
The first meet, The Commander Classic, was on Sept. 14 at Vanderbilt in Nashville. Thirty-two teams competed, and both ETSU teams finished within the top-10. The men’s team took home third place and the women’s team finished in ninth.
The second meet was on Sept. 20 at Virginia Tech, where ETSU ran against three other teams. The men’s cross country brought home their first victory of the year and the women’s team came in second place. While the team finished second overall, sophomore Katie Hurko took home first overall in the meet.
With a month left before the Atlantic Sun Championship on Nov. 2, Watts is looking forward to trying to bring home a conference title.
“The meet that I am most looking forward to this season is the conference championship,” Watts said.
The A-Sun meet will be held at Vanderbilt this year on Nov 2.
“Last year, the men’s team placed second and the women’s team placed fifth,” Watts said. “I feel that with the improvements that these teams are showing that the men can make first and the women can place in the top three.”
If Watts’ predictions come true, the two teams can qualify for the NCAA south regional championship run which will be on Nov. 15.
“I feel that we can make it to this spot this season,” Watts said. “I’m not looking for a championship, but definitely an improvement which I feel will happen with this group.”
As with any team and season, each new year brings with it hurdles to be cleared to accomplish a teams goals.
“Since we have such a small number of players on both teams, especially the women’s team, I feel that we need to watch out for overtraining and injuries,” Watts said.
Injuries with such a small team could seriously threaten to derail the season.
But all in all, with the improvements seen thus far ,coach Watts is looking toward success.
“I am very pleased with the improvements that I’ve seen,” Watts said. “I’m confident that they will go far.”