Nov. 1, 2013
Birmingham, Ala. -
Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams travel to Birmingham, Ala. to chase a Southern Conference Championship Saturday morning at Veteran's Park.
The men's 8k race around the park is set to start at 10 a.m. with Travis Alfaro headlining the Catamount runners. Alfaro has finished in the top 20 in all five races including three top five finishes. His best finish of the year was winning the Asheville Cross Country Carnicval, with his best time over an 8k course came in his last race, the Blue Ridge Open, when he crossed the finish line after a 25:25.7. Freshman runners JC Cornett and Michael Cornwell look to make the SoCon All-Freshman Team with a solid outing.
The women's 6k race is slated for 10:45 a.m. with juniors Aleshia Reese and Michelle Provost entering the meet after a strong season. Provost has finished in the top 30 in all five meets this season. Her best finish was 3rd at the Ashville Cross Country Carnival with a time of 18:37.0. Reese's best time of the season came in the last meet, the Blue Ridge Open, with a time of 19:10.5.
Last season, WCU finished sixth on both the men's and women's sides. The men had their best finish in 1993 when the Catamounts took second, while the women's best finish came in 2001 and 1998 when WCU took third.
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