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What Catamount Fans Need to Know

Sept. 9, 2004

WCU Cross Country Opens 2004 Season at Home
On Saturday, Sept. 11, Western Carolina will host the 19th Annual WCU/Papa's Pizza Cross Country Invitational. The meet will start at 9:00 am with the collegiate women's 2 mile, with the collegiate men's 5k to follow, starting at approximately 9:30 am. Including the host Catamounts, teams in the collegiate meets are Furman, Gardner-Webb, Georgia, Wofford, UNC Asheville and Salem.

Afterwards, some 16 high school teams will compete. At 10:30 am, the high school boys will run a 5k, followed by the high school girls 5k at 11:00 am and the Junior Varsity boys and girls 2 mile at 11:40 am. High School teams currently scheduled to compete are T.C. Roberson HS, Science Hill (Johnson City, Tenn.) HS, Hendersonville HS, Northwest Cabarrus HS, Hiwassee Dam HS, Robbinsville HS, Andrews HS, Hayesville HS, Franklin HS, Sullivan South (Kingsport, Tenn.) HS, Swain County HS, Murphy HS, Smoky Mountain HS, Brevard HS, Asheville HS and Greer (Greer, S.C.) HS.

The Western Carolina Cross Country Course is located at the campus driving range and fitness jogging trail. Start and finish lines are located adjacent to the Western Carolina's Schrader Soccer Field and directly behind the new Track/Soccer/Tennis complex. All parking should be in the freshman parking lot located across the creek from the track/soccer/tennis complex, entering from the main campus entrance off HWY 107. Enter the course by crossing the wooden bridge at the campus picnic area. No access to the course will be allowed through the gate at the front entrance to the new track/soccer/tennis complex.

WCU Football Hosts #28 Nicholls State for Catamount Club Day
After the cross country meets Saturday morning, a full day of Catamount activity continues when the football team hosts Nicholls State. Like Western, Nicholls State is coming off an impressive win, defeating Eastern Washington 34-17. The Colonels, who finished second in the Southland Conference last season behind national power McNeese State, just missed an appearance in the I-AA top 25, coming in at 28th.

The Western Carolina-Nicholls State game is "Catamount Club Day" at Whitmire Stadium, when all Catamount Club members are invited to the Chancellor's "Rally in the Valley" on the upper concourse of the Ramsey Center. The "Rally in the Valley" begins at 2:30 pm with kickoff set to start at 4 pm. While all Catamount Club members are invited, you need to RSVP by calling 800-492-8496 as soon as possible to attend. Catamount Club members are also asked to take time to meet and welcome new Catamount director of athletics Chip Smith both before and after Saturday's game.

All Catamount fans are encouraged to enter the stadium early to see an impressive pre-game show by "The Pride of the Mountains" and give the football an arousing welcome when they take the field. Having the Catamount faithful in the stands cheering creates more adrenalin for our team than anything else you could do. Please end your tailgating in enough time to be in the stands to enjoy the environment.

Get Your WCU-Alabama Football Tickets
Catamount fans, a limited number of tickets remain for Western Carolina's football game at Alabama (Sept. 18). A sellout crowd is anticipated and just a few thousand tickets remain for the contest, which is set for a 6:00 pm (CT) start. We would love to see as much purple and gold in the stands of Bryant-Denny Stadium as possible, so we are asking that you purchase your tickets by Monday at 5 pm. This will be your last chance to purchase tickets in the Catamount section. Western will be returning any unsold tickets to Alabama to go on sale to the general public. For more information, call (800) 34-GO WCU.

WCU Softball to Have First Official Function
Western Carolina head softball coach Megan Smith will hold open tryouts for students already attending WCU on Sept. 21 at 6:30 pm at Hennon Stadium, home of the Catamount baseball team. However, all those interested must see Coach Smith by Sept. 17 to receive the necessary waiver form. Each participant will be required to have the waiver form filled out as well as proof of insurance. Coach Smith can be reached by calling 227-2532 and her office is located in the WCU Athletics Department on the second floor of the Ramsey Activity Center.

"I am excited about starting a successful softball tradition at Western," Smith said. "In addition to the players I am recruiting, I look forward to seeing how many student-athletes are already on campus to give this program a solid foundation on which to build."

After tryouts, team members will go through off-season workouts, just as other spring sport teams do, and have practices during the spring of 2005 with competition beginning in the spring of 2006.