Sept. 13, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina's cross country teams head to Rock Hill, S.C., for the 26th Adidas/Winthrop Invitational at the Winthrop Farm Course. A total of 28 schools from around the Southeast will participate in the event, making it the largest field since 2001.
The men's 8K event begins at 9 a.m. followed by the women's 5K. The last time the Catamounts participated in the event, senior Josey Weaver placed fifth overall with his time of 25:30.72. Overall, Western Carolina placed fifth on the men's side while the women's team took fifth.
Saturday's meet marks the first for the Catamounts since the Purple and Gold hosted the WCU Invitational on Aug. 31. In that meet, WCU's men placed second with the women finishing fourth.
Weaver again paced the Catamounts in the men's 5K with a personal-best time of 15:21.6. Junior Chase Fisher (sixth, 15:37.4) and sophomore Travis Alfaro (seventh, 15:45.0) rounded out the top 10 for WCU.
On the women's side, senior Mara Smith was the lone Catamount in the top 10 as she placed tenth with a personal-best of her own, finishing the two-mile race in 11:51.3. Sophomores Jocelyn Keen (12th, 11:55.6) and Aleshia Reece (15th, 12:07.3) ran impressive top 20, personal bests in the first race of the season.
Results from the Winthrop Invitational can be found at CatamountSports.com following the race.