Sept. 15, 2012
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Western Carolina cross country placed fourth on the men's side with the women's team finishing ninth overall in the 2012 adidas/Winthrop Invitational Saturday in Rock Hill, S.C., at the Winthrop Farm. The Catamounts picked up three top-20 finishes for the men with the women notching two. The men ran an 8K with the women running a 5K.
The WCU men finished fourth overall with Louisville, Appalachian State and Liberty finishing ahead of the Catamounts. Western averaged 25:39.84 for the 8K.
Individually for the men, Josey Weaver led the way overall for Western Carolina with his seventh-place, 24:51.53. The two-time All-SoCon performer has led the Catamounts in each of WCU's races this season.
The next Catamount to finish was sophomore Travis Alfaro. Alfaro placed tenth, finishing in 25:09.69. Senior Chase Fisher also finished in the top 20, placing sixteenth with a time of 25:26.71. Both times were personal bests.
Seniors Nolan Clark (26:04.39) and Garrett West (26:46.88) finished 35th and 63rd, respectively. Perry Cabean (27:52.61), Ryan Johnson (28:27.48), Michael Cornwell (28:33.59) and Cooper Wurst(28:37.39) - the Catamounts four freshmen - finished 105th, 125th, 127th and 129th in Saturday's meet.
On the women's side, senior Mara Smith (18:30.64) and sophomore Jocelyn Keen (18:39.54) led the Catamount women with their finishes of 13th and 15th. Smith bested her top career time in the 5K by 13 seconds as Jocelyn Keen also scored a personal best by beating her previous by nearly a minute and a half.
The top three overall team finishers in the race were Appalachian State, Liberty and Coastal Carolina. The Catamount women averaged 19:20.29 in the 5K.
The Catamount cross country team returns to action in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 28 in the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational.