BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s cross country is prepared for its two meets over the weekend after moving up in the weekly polls as the 15th best team in the Southeast region.
The Mountaineers will host the Mountaineer Open on Friday evening at 5 p.m. before heading to Bethlehem, Pa. for the Paul Short Run on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Only a few of the Apps will participate in Friday’s meet, while the majority of the team will travel to the Paul Short Run.
The Mountaineer Open will host six teams at the Don Kennedy Trails including Virginia Tech, College of Charleston, Lenoir-Rhyne, Milligan College, King University and Montreat.
The Paul Short Run will be Appalachian’s biggest challenge of the season so far as they will race against 47 teams, many who are top ranked. Indiana, Georgetown, La Salle, Iona, and Dartmouth will be some of the biggest competitors.
The Mountaineers finished the Winthrop Open strong two weekends ago, with seven Appalachian runners finishing in the top eight, enough for the team to take first place.
James Howard-Smith finished first for the Apps and was named Southern Conference runner of the week for the second time this season.
The Mountaineers will return to The High Country for the Blue Ridge Open on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.