Golden Eagles Class of 2023 ran past the golden eagle statue to the end zone during the Running of the Freshman before the Tech vs. Virginia-Wise football game on Saturday.
Running of the freshman has been a tradition for seven years. Athletic Director Mark Wilson said promotion and intricate detail go into the planning and preparation of this event.
“It’s a great opportunity. Most people can’t go onto the football field. Who gets an opportunity to lead their collegiate team on the field for a home game?” Wilson said.
Wilson said the freshman receive a T-shirt designed specifically for the Running of the Freshman before they run through the tunnel led by the TTU President Phil Oldham, his wife and the mascot, Awesome Eagle.
Business major Henry Baskin joined his fellow classmates through the tunnel. He said his favorite thing about running of the freshman was “being with friends” and making connections with “a few new friends.”
Tech defeated Virginia-Wise 31-14 to end the night.