Sept. 27, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina cross country looks to continue its momentum from the first two races of the season to the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational that will be run Friday at McAlpine Park on the campus of UNC Charlotte with races beginning at 3:30 p.m.
"Hopefully we have made some good strides since our last competition," said head coach Danny Williamson. "Our goal is to be better as a team and individually than we were last time out on the course. We have put in some quality work over the past two weeks, and we hope that the rewards for the hard work will show."
The event will feature four collegiate races including the first race of the day, the Women's 6000m Championship Gold "A" Race. That race will feature the top seven female runners from each school with the men's Gold "A" Race is set to follow at 4:15. The men's race is an 8k. Following the two Gold races, the women's 6k and the men's 8k Green "B" Races will take place with the women beginning at 4:50 p.m. followed by the men's at 5:20 p.m. Awards will be given to the top two teams and the top 10 individuals.
Running in the women's Gold Race will be Mara Smith, Jocelyn Keen, Aleshia Reese, Kaitlyn Shetler, Hayley Tomlinson, Kaylan Lance and Lena Elliott or Michelle Provost. For the men, Josey Weaver, Travis Alfaro, Chase Fisher, Nolan Clark, Garrett West, Perry Cabean and Ryan Johnson or Michael Cornwell will compete in the Gold Race.
Forty-four schools from across the Southeast are scheduled to be in attendance including SoCon foes Davidson, Samford, Elon, College of Charleston and Appalachian State. South Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech are other schools from the Southeastern Conference and the ACC that will compete in the meet. Western Carolina and the team from Boone will compete dually for this year's installment of the Battle for the Old Mountain Jug.
"An added twist to this meet is that WCU and Appalachian State will let this competition serve as this year's `Battle for the Old Mountain Jug'. ASU has had a tight hold on the jug for the past several years, but we will battle hard to attempt to get it back in Cullowhee. This meet is very large with a lot of competitors and teams so the way that the race is ran will be of upmost importance as the trails at McAlpine narrow down after about 1000m of running."
A complete recap and results from Friday's meet can be found at CatamountSports.com.