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Appalachian grabs 10th place at the Panorama Farms Invite in Earlysville, Va. on Friday morning.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
MXC Finish 10th in Virginia
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 09/23/2016 (ET)

EARLYSVILLE, VA.  – Appalachian State University men’s cross country landed in tenth scoring 282 team points at the Panorama Farms Invitational held in Earlysville, Va. Friday morning. Andrew Vandenberg was Appalachian’s top finisher on the 8K course.

No. 12 BYU snatched the men’s team title collecting 39 points to beat out the No. 1 team in the nation, Syracuse, who took second (44 points). Rounding out the top three squads was No. 11 Virginia who gathered 82 points.

Orangeman Justyn Knight dusted the competition, winning the Panorama Farms Individual title with a time of 23:13.90. Knight finished the 8K-race 16 seconds faster than the runner-up Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell (23:29.70). Kipkoech’s teammate Amon Terer landed in third with a time of 23:43.60.

In the first 8K race of the season, Vandenberg hit the finish line first for the Mountaineers with a time of 25:26.90. He produced a dynamic performance for Appalachian moving up multiple positions throughout the race. In the 2k split, the Boone native held the 69th spot but maneuvered his way up to 48th at the 5K mark with a time of 15:55.00. Vandenberg continued to push the pace finishing the competition in 42nd.

The second and third finishers for App State were Jacob Sears in 68th with a time of 26:20.00 and Evan Georges in 72nd with an 8K effort of 26:29.30, a mere ten milliseconds off of his lifetime-best.

Rounding out the top-five competitors for Appalachian were Ryan Shannon who crossed the tape in 26:32.70 (73rd) and Michael Ellis  who produced a time of 26:37.00 (75th).

Up Next

Appalachian State will compete in the 8K race at the USC Upstate Open in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9:45 a.m.



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