Wolf, Marchant Preparing for Olympic Games

Wolf, Marchant Preparing for Olympic Games

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CHATTANOOGA---Chattanooga Mocs fans have a rooting interest beyond their country of origin in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Three with Mocs ties, two alums and a current staffer, are in Brazil for the special moment.

Lanni Marchant '07 and Christine Wolf '11 are representing Canada and Austria, respectively. Marchant is competing in the marathon and 10,000 meters, while Ladies European Tour performer Wolf tees it up on the golf course.

Marchant, a native of London, Ontario, is a member of the UTC Hall of Fame. She earned 2007 Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year, 2006 SoCon Runner of the Year and was the 2006 SoCon Cross Country Champion. She earned a berth in the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships and was a two-time All-South Region performer.

She won three SoCon titles in indoor and outdoor track & field events and is the league record holder for the 5,000 meters. Marchant also owns the Canadian record for the marathon with a time of 2:28:00.

"It's a very proud moment for our University and track program having Lanni represent us in the Olympics," coach Bill Gautier shared. "There is no higher honor in our sport than to be an Olympian. For her to represent Canada, and on a smaller scale our University, is an outstanding accomplishment. It's her dream come true.

"It gives us all more incentive watching the Olympics knowing someone there and being able to cheer her on. Very proud that Lanni represents the Mocs."

The 10,000 meters is Friday, August 12, at 10:10 a.m. The marathon is Sunday, August 14, at 8:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network broadcasts track & field until Noon on the 12th, with NBC also airing track and field events from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The marathon is currently scheduled for NBC on Sunday morning.

Wolf was one the building blocks that re-started women's golf program in 2007-08 after its closure in the 1980s. Wolf won once during her college career and ranks eighth in career scoring at UTC, but is the school record holder for 18-hole total with a 66 (-6) while capturing the 2011 JMU Eagle Landing Invitational.

"I don't really have the vocabulary to express my joy for Christine," coach Colette Murray stated. "The messages we had going back and forth, and the warmth in my heart of how happy I am for her...what a tremendous achievement to represent your country in the Olympics. And, it's the first Olympics back for golf."

When asked about the impact for the program, Murray was very humble in her response.

"I haven't thought about it from a program standpoint. Christine was a wonderful college golfer, but her greatest achievements have come as a pro. I would never take any credit for where she is now. She's gotten to this point being determined, competitive and hard-working through the years.

"We're glad we can now be somewhat a part of it."

The women's golf competition is a four-day, 72-hole affair. It begins Wednesday, August 17, and ends Saturday, August 20. The field of 60 competes at the 6,245-yard Olympic Golf Course within the Marapendi Natural Reserve in the Barra de Tijuca zone of Rio de Janeiro. Check your local listings for coverage on the Golf Channel.

Christine and Lanni aren't the only Mocs representing in Rio. Director of Creative Services Leah Gill is there as well lending her expertise at the Olympic Shooting Centre. Gill is directing in-venue videoboard production for rifle, pistol and shotgun competitions. Those events run August 6-14.

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