LIVE LINK to SoCon Cross Country Championship Broadcast: http://www.goasu.com/?page=276&stream=0
Oct. 29, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina University's men and women's cross country teams will travel to Greenville, S.C. this Saturday, October 30 to take part in the 2004 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships, held on the campus of Furman University. The women will run the 5K beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at 9:45 a.m.
The championship will be aired live via the Internet by the Southern Conference Sports Network. The SCSN will bring live coverage to various championships events throughout the 2004-05 championships season. Adam Witten will host Saturday's Cross Country Championship broadcast that will be available on-line starting at 8:30 am with a pre-race show and will continue through both the men's and women's championship races. Former Appalachian State runner Ben Bissette will serve as the race analyst in addition to the utilization of two on-course reporters for real-time updates.
Fans will be able to access the broadcast via the Southern Conference website at www.SoConSports.com. The specific link to the broadcast will be made available prior to the start of event.
"Saturday is going to be very exciting with close races to decide who will win the team championship on both sides," said Western head cross country coach, Danny Williamson. "We have set our expectations high. Throughout the fall, we have progressively gotten better each week and will not settle for running in the middle of the pack."
Williamson hopes to improve upon his squads' best finishes at the SoCon meet, which is second for the men in 1993 and third for the women on three occasions (1991, 1998, 2001). The Catamount men have also finished third on five occasions (1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, and 2002). Last year, Western placed fifth on both sides with Davidson, which hosted the event, winning the women's team competition and Chattanooga taking the men's team crown.
Individually for Western, junior Adam Puett will lead the way for the Catamounts. This season, he has an average finish of 3.5, including an individual championship in the WCU - Papa's Pizza Invitational held in Cullowhee on September 11. For the women, junior Deanna Kulesz has recorded the top finishes for Western Carolina this season. Her top performance this year was a fourth back in September.
Since 1994, the highest a Lady Cat has placed in the SoCon Championship is fourth by Kristin Savery in 1995 in Greenville, N.C. For the men, Jesse Norman won the Catamounts' lone individual title, crossing the line six seconds ahead of the competition in 2001 at the meet held in Charleston, S.C.
Earlier this season, the Catamount cross country teams competed in the Furman Invitational which was held on the same courses that will be utilized this weekend. The men placed seventh in the event, beating out six of the nine Southern Conference schools participating, while the women finished 11th, placing in front of four of the nine conference teams in the meet.