Sept. 30, 2004
The cross country Volunteers run their lone home meet of the season Friday evening as the 8K Tennessee Invitational returns to Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn. Five men's teams including Tennessee, Alabama A&M, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky State and Tennessee-Chattanooga meet in the starting box for the 6:15 p.m. start.
"We're looking forward to competing in our second meet of the season and having the opportunity to compete in front of the home crowd," head coach George Watts said. "We expect some good competition from the other teams. This will be our sixth Tennessee Invitational at Lambert Acres. That gives us an opportunity to compare times to past teams to give us an idea of how competitive we might be later this season."
Tennessee tentatively plans to suit up 10 for the race on home turf. Zach Sabatino, the champion of the Sept. 18 Old Timers Classic at Western Kentucky, leads the Vols into the fray. Farragut native Andy Baksa, the silver medalist in the Old Timers Classic, also races in his first home meet as a Vol. Chris Platt and Ben Lukowski, who found their way into Tennessee's top five in the season opener, are also slated to don the orange and white. Knoxville West grad Dusty Miller also gets the nod from Watts. Brian Mills, Ed Davis, Matt Piccarello and Kenny Schappert also plan to get in their second race of the young season Friday. Nick Raff, a Kingsport native, will get his first collegiate start.
The course at Lambert Acres Golf Club measures 8,000 meters. Lambert Acres occupies a beautiful location at the foothills of the Smokies. The location of the start/finish line and race operations area can be found on the third hole, located a few hundred yards from the parking lot. The course is set up in loops, offering several vantage points to view the runners multiple times with a minimum of moving. The course features hilly terrain thanks to its location. The course layout features both sharp turns and straightaways, offering opportunities for strategy and fairways to increase speed. Runners race through wide open fairways framed by the towering Smokies on the horizon but also dart through tree lines and turns in tighter quarters.
Admission is free. The public is welcome to attend. The men's race at 6:15 p.m. will be preceded by a 5:45 p.m. women's 5K race.
Directions to Lambert Acres Golf Club (from the University of Tennessee to Lambert Acres - 22 miles): Take Cumberland Avenue to Alcoa Highway 129 South. Take 129 South, go 11 miles to Tenn. 35 (this is one mile past McGhee-Tyson Airport). Bear left onto Tenn. 35 and travel approximately five miles to U.S. 321 North. Bear left onto 321 North and continue for five miles to Tuckaleechee Pike. You will see a Lambert Acres Golf Club sign on the right side of the road and an Amoco station on the left. Tuckaleechee Pike is on the right. Turn right onto Tuckaleechee Pike. Lambert Acres is 1/2 mile on left.