Aug 30, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams are set to open the 2013 season with the 12-team Western Carolina Invitational Friday night with the women's race starting at 6:30 p.m. and the men's race taking place at 6:50 p.m.
WCU highlights the field comprised 12 teams: University of Florida, Gardner Webb, Winthrop, Furman, Wofford, UNC-Asheville, High Point, NC A&T, Tennessee Tech, Warren Wilson and Brenau.
Led by top returner and junior Jocelyn Keen, who earned All-Southern Conference after a seventh place finish with a time of 17:51.80, the women's team took sixth place at the SoCon Championship Meet in 2012. Keen was also named SoCon Runner of the Week on October 17 after a fifth place finish at the Royals XC Challenge with time of 17:46.80 - the second fastest time in school history at the time of the race. Junior Aleshia Reese returns after posting a top-25 finish, 21st, at last year's SoCon meet with a time of 18:19.79. The Catamounts did lose Mara Smith to graduation. Smith was a two-time All-SoCon runner after finishing fourth with a time of 17:35.92 at last year's championship meet
The men's team also finished sixth in the Southern Conference Championship Meet and returns top-25 finisher junior Travis Alfaro, who took 17th with a time of 25:33.45. WCU graduated two top-25 finishers from a season ago in Josey Weaver, who was a three-time All-SoCon runner and finished in 13th place after a time of 25:16.70, and Nolan Clark, 25th place with a time of 25:41.00.
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