Tough Day for App State XC..... (2016-11-11 22:04:35)

WXC Grabs 19th at the Regional Championships....CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.  –  Appalachian State University women’s cross country wrapped up their 2016 campaign with a 19th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday morning at Panorama Farms. App State collected 472 team points and was led by senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill).


“I am happy for Tristin making all-region,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “She finished 22nd and ran 15-second faster on this course than last year, and she will earn Academic All-American for the second straight year. Emily did a great job in her first NCAA level meet especially running in her second 6,000m race. As a team, it was a bit of a letdown after the Sun Belt Championship. There are a number of teams we beat earlier in the year that beat us here today. We will use that to help motivate us for track.”

The teams that punched their ticket to the NCAA Cross Country Championships are the No. 1 team in the region, NC State (53 points), and the No. 7 team in the region, Louisville, (163 points). Coastal Carolina’s Annie Bothma grabbed the 6k individual crown producing a time of 20:15.40 to grab a championship berth. Other runners who qualified for the national meet were Katy Kunc of Kentucky, Grace Barnett of Clemson and Charlotte Imer of Eastern Kentucky.

Senior Van Ord competed in her last cross country race as a Mountaineer clocking a lifetime-best of 21:05.60 to place 22nd. Over her four-year stint as an elite distance runner, the Chapel Hill native has competed in 20 cross country races and has accumulated three first-place finishes, ten top-5 times, 13 top-10 performances and 19 top-25 efforts. The Chapel Hill native has been awarded Sun Belt Conference Runner of the Week four times, has received two all-region honors, earned three All-Sun Belt Conference honors, etched spots on eight of ten all-times lists in App State history, owns the fastest 5k time ever run by a Mountaineer (17:02.60) and produced the fastest 5k time ever completed by a sophomore (17:02.60).

The second-fastest Mountaineer of the morning was sophomore Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who ran a time of 22:07.70 in her first regional championship meet to place 77th. The third Black and Gold Runner to meet the tape was senior Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) who sprinted across the finish line in 22:45.90 to place 125th out of 228 competitors. Rounding out Apps’ scorers were Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) in 127th (22:48.30) and Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 132th (22:54.70).

Other App State competitors were Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney), who produced a time of 23:09.30 to place 147th, and Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts), who landed in 158th with a 6k effort of 23:21.20.

Up Next

App State will prepare for the indoor track and field season starting in early December.


MXC Finish 19th in the Southeast Region

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - Appalachian State University men’s cross country concluded the 2016 season on Friday afternoon collecting 488 team points to place 19th at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at Panorama Farms.

“This was a bit of a let down as a team,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “They fought their way back into the top fifteen at the end of the regular season. Michael and Chris finished up with some good efforts. Evan Georges definitely bounced back well after the Sun Belt Championships to be our third man, and it was only his first 10k. Andrew had been swinging back well but had an off day. We’ve identified some positives from the season, and we will build on those. With four of the top five graduating, it will be a rebuilding year for sure.”

NC State and Virginia finished first and second respectively at the regional meet and qualified for the national championships next week in Indiana. Campbell’s Amon Terer won the 10k individual crown with a time of 28:48.70 and punched his ticket to nationals. Other national qualifiers were Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell, Edwin Kibichiy of Lousiville and Erick Rotich of Eastern Kentucky.

Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) was the first Mountaineer to storm past the tape producing a time of 30:39.80 to place 51st. 16 spots behind Ellis was Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) who completed the 10k course with a personal-best time of  31:04.60 to place 67th. The third-fastest Mountaineer of the day was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who clocked a time of 31:49.80 to place 107th in his first-ever 10k competition. Other scorers for Appalachian were Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 138th (32:28.50) and Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) in 140th (32:31.80).

Rounding out the top 150 competitors in a field of 210 was Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) who sprinted past the finish line with a PR of 32:42.20 to place 150th.

Up Next

The Mountaineers will get set for the indoor track and field season starting in early December.

Photo Courtesy: Tristin Van Ord, App State Athletics