Oct. 1, 2009
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina Catamount men and women's cross country teams will participate in the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational on Friday afternoon.
The women will race in the 5K at 4:15 p.m., while the men will compete in the 8K at 4:55 p.m. at McAlpine Park in Charlotte. The distances in the meet are the same for both the men and women races as the Asics Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. on Sept. 19.
Friday's event will have a very similar feel to the NCAA Regional's due to the large contingent of participants. Approximately, 23 teams and 245 individuals from North and South Carolina will participate on the women's side with 228 individuals and 21 teams will run in the men's 8K.
"Competing at the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational gives us opportunity to be in a much larger field. It will give us that experience of how we need to perform with such a large number," said Catamount coach Danny Williamson. "This meet will be a good measuring stick, running the same distances and against some of the same competition from previous meets. This will help us compare ourselves to see how we have improved."
The men will look to improve upon their finish from the Winthrop Invitational as Josey Weaver will lead the way. Three Catamounts finished inside the top-30 in the 8K event two weeks ago. Weaver, a sophomore from Weaverville, N.C., set a personal record of 25:35.26 while placing fourth overall. Senior Stephen Hammond earned his second top-5 finish of the year with a mark of 25:44.35. Nolan Clark finished just inside the top-20 with a time of 26:49.31.
Junior Jordan Gaddy and freshman Mara Smith will try to jump a few spots up from the Winthrop Invitational. Gaddy was the best WCU finisher with a time of 19:02.54 in the 5K, while Smith earned another top-15 finish, placing 14th with a mark of 19:06.00.
The results of the meet can be found online at www.flashresults.com and online at CatamountSports.com.