MSU Cross Country Teams Open Season Saturday At Berry College
The Bulldog squads have consistently opened their season with the Sewanee Invitational, running and winning the meet four of the last five years. This season, Sewanee has coupled with Berry to host a meet comprised of nearly 30 teams.
"Our expectations are to go and see where we're at, coming off of summer training," coach Houston Franks said. "Ultimately, we go into every meet with the expectation of trying to win."
Although both MSU teams are picked to finish 11th in the SEC, Franks expects an exciting year from the two squads, noting a boost in team leadership will help produce success.
"We've been young for the last couple of years with a lot of freshmen and sophomores," Franks said. "I'm really excited about this freshmen class. Between the leadership and the talent coming in, we expect some big things this year on the men's side."
Similarly with the Lady Bulldogs, the team will look to team veterans to provide strength and distinguished accomplishments throughout the season.
"We've got Renee Masterson back, who has been a leader for us for several years," Franks commented. "Chloe Phillips, who redshirted last year, is back in the fold, so we expect that will be a big boost for us."
With a handful of newcomers eager to begin their collegiate career, the freshmen Bulldogs are projected to bring a notable wave of talent to each team. Franks feels the fresh faces will provide great support for the older runners.
Action on Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. with the women's 5K, followed by the men's 8K at 10 a.m.
After returning home from Georgia, MSU will prepare for its next meet, the Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 15.