August 29, 2011
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, IN – The Indiana Tech men's and women's cross country teams are ready to kick off the 2011 season. Both teams, which train together throughout the year, recently wrapped up their camp week. This is an entire week of nothing but running and bonding together as a team just before school year starts. The event, which was held at Lake Manitou in Rochester, Indiana this year, serves many purposes, not all of which are for fun according to Coach Wolfe.
"We have the kids participate in a volunteer project, of sorts. This is the second year in a row the kids have cleaned up the RiverGreenway closest to Tech, which we use almost daily,” said Wolfe. “This is the best way we can give back to the environment which we use so often."
This year Coach Wolfe will once again be looking to lead the distance runners to National level performances. The team loses very few key members from a season ago. The women’s team will look to senior Veronica Jersey (South Whitley, IN/Whitko) and sophomore Becca Lamb (Ridgeville, OH/North Ridgeville) to form a dynamic 1-2 punch. Others that will play significant roles include transfers Allycia Gaffer (IPFW) and Amanda Raley (Glendalle CC), and a group of returning athletes in Domi Elizondo-Smith (Indianapolis, IN/Pike), Preosha Graham-Coats (Fort Wayne, IN/Harding), Hilary Snyder (Michigan Center, MI/Lumen Christi), Leah Blakemore (Burton, MI/Kearsley) and Ashley Satterfield (Marengo, IN/Crawford County).
The men’s team, much like the women’s, returns almost nearly intact from last season. The team will be very young and may redshirt some of its upper classmen as the younger athletes learn how to run at the college level. Look for a big year from sophomore Aaron Belcher (Moorsville, IN/Moorsville), senior Micky Nelson (Wheat Ridge, CO/Wheat Ridge), and redshirt freshman Michael Whyde (Indianapolis, IN/Franklin Central).
The Warriors will open their season on September 10th at IPFW, held at the Plex at 2 p.m.
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