published Friday, June 27th, 2014

Cotter, Lord academic All-Americans and other sports news

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate student Lucas Cotter and Georgia junior Brandon Lord from Chattanooga and Baylor School were named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team for cross country and track and field, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. Cotter, from Collierville, Tenn., was a four-team All-Southern Conference runner in cross country and helped the Mocs finish second in the conference meet last fall with his fifth-place individual finish, and he was a two-time all-region performer. He was a three-time All-SoCon track honoree with two championships, and as a junior he set a school record in the 3000-meter run. He graduated magna cum laude in May 2013 and carried a 4.0 grade point average through his two subsequent semesters in the MBA program. He earned UTC's Dayle May Award as the senior with the highest GPA. Lord was honored for his 3.64 GPA as an applied biotechnology major and for helping the Bulldogs win the NCAA South Regional cross country team title and reach their third national meet in a row. He ran the second fastest 10,000-meter time in school history this spring. Lord was SEC co-scholar athlete of the year for all men's sports and a two-time all-academic honoree by the national track and cross country coaches association.

• In addition to the 47 Chattanooga Jets athletes (reported Thursday) who qualified for the USATF Region VI meet July 10-13 in Birmingham from the state meet last weekend at Antioch, Tenn., Signal Mountain's Preston Elwell qualified in two events. He won the 17-18 boys' javelin throw in 173 feet, 9 inches, breaking his Signal Mountain High School record by an inch, and he was fifth in the shot put at 44-0.75. Elwell will compete Saturday in the javelin throw at the USATF Youth National Track and Field Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

• Myron Reynolds from Brainerd High School recently signed a letter of intent to join the Tennessee Wesleyan College track and field sprint corps. Reynolds plans to major in exercise science, according to a release from the NAIA schooll in Athens. "We really liked Myron's eagerness to join a hard-working team that is ready for business this upcoming track season," Wesleyan coach Thomas Barker said in the release. Said head coach Shawn Jakubowski: "He will no doubt be a valuable addition to our 4x400 relay team, and he has great determination to compete at the collegiate level."

Golf

• UTC golfer Emily McLennan followed up her championship last week in the Tennessee Women's Amateur tournament by reaching the round of 16 before losing Thursday in the Western Women's Amateur at Lancaster, Pa. McLennan lost 2 and 1 to Mika Liu from Beverly Hills, a junior at California. Earlier in the week, McLennan opened with a 71 -- equaling the best round in the two days of stroke-play qualifying -- and tied for 14th going into match play. She went 23 holes to beat GRU Augusta's Eunice Yi and then won 7 and 5 against William & Mary's Kelly McGovern before facing Liu.

Soccer

• The 2014 Covenant College men's soccer season will begin Aug. 29-30 in Atlanta with matches against Rutgers-Newark and Centre in Emory University's Sonny Carter Invitational tournament, and the Scots will host their own Covenant Invitational Sept. 5-6 with Wilmington (Ohio) and Millsaps taking turns taking on Covenant and fellow USA South member Maryville. Covenant will play Sept. 10 at Emory and Sept. 12 at Sewanee before a four-game home stand against Oglethorpe, Greensboro, Ferrum and Berry. The Greensboro and Ferrum matches on Sept. 19-20 will begin league play.

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