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Appalachian will compete in their first road meet this Friday, Sept. 23 in Earlysville, Va. at the Panorama Farms Invitational.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
MXC Slated to Run in the Panorama Farms Invite
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 09/22/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C.  –Appalachian State University men’s cross country will return to action on Friday, Sept. 23 in Earlysville, Va. at the Panorama Farms Invitational hosted by the University of  Virginia. The men’s 8K race begins at 10:30 a.m. following the women. Friday will mark the first 8K-course the Mountaineers will encounter for the 2016 season.

"We’ve seen some significant progress from top to bottom the last few weeks,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “This meet will be the biggest challenge so far, and it might even be the biggest challenge for the season. It’s a tough course, and we return to this course for the NCAA regional championships in November. Some members of the team have not run on it, so the meet has two purposes, 1)  See what it’s like to race top ranked teams, and 2) Familiarize the team with the challenges of the course itself. We will be running against four nationally ranked teams and a number of higher ranked regional teams. The men are looking at defending national champions Syracuse, and if we want to do well regionally, we need to have a hard effort up at UVA.”

Appalachian State will confront a field of over 140 competitors, four nationally ranked groups and seven regionally ranked universities. Amongst those teams include the 2015 NCAA Cross County Champions, and the number one ranked team in the nation, Syracuse. Other teams that will line-up on the start-line are American University, Bucknell, No. 12 BYU, Campbell, Charlotte, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Hofstra, Loyola Maryland, No. 4 Stanford and No. 11 Virginia. 

This Friday will be App State's first race against a Sun Belt Conference foe and four nationally-graded cross country teams.

Last Time on the Grass

App State senior Chris Anderson won his first race as a Mountaineer at the Mountains to Sea Duals on Friday, Sept. 16. The Greensboro-native sprinted across the tape in 20:37.21, which was three seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Finishing in fourth was Evan Georges with a time of 20:42.17, and grabbing fifth place was Ryan Shannon who clocked a six-second PR of 20:43.55.

The Mountaineers rolled over their competitors in the dual meet competition. The Apps outran Miami 20-41, UNCW 19-44, and Western Carolina 16-45. Also, Appalachian and counterparts Western Carolina lead the way for Team Mountain to claim a victory over Team Sea comprised of Miami and UNCW.

Up Next

The Black and Gold will compete in Spartanburg, SC on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the USC Upstate Open. The men’s 8K race will kick off at 9:45 a.m.  

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