KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – After a recalculation of points, Appalachian State University men’s cross country tied with Northern Kentucky for fourth with 140 points at the HPU VertCross Invitational on Friday night. Chris Anderson highlighted the night grasping the 8k individual title. George Mason clinched the team crown with 67 team points and Duke (87 points) and East Tennessee State (116 points) took second and third.
“I am a little disappointed we didn’t get out well as a team,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “ A large field caused a lot of traffic the first kilometer and the guys had to use a lot of effort to get up where they wanted. The guys came in a little tired from interval training, but they’re confident in the work they’ve done up until now. I think Evan Georges and Collin Loy had a good breakthrough and now see themselves helping the team even more.”
App State's Anderson clipped his former PR by 13 seconds to win the 8k crown in 25:01.81. Trotting behind the Greensboro native was Andrew Schille of Northern Kentucky in second (25:05.03) and Davidson’s Tim Bason was the third-fastest collegian (25:14.19).
“I am really excited for Chris,” continued Curcio. “He’s from right nearby, so his family and teammates were out there. Chris got out well with the lead pace, and he has rebounded well from UVA.”
The next fastest Mountaineer was Evan Georges who cruised to 29th with a PR of 25:50.80. A couple of seconds later, senior Andrew Vandenberg would meet the tape in 26:02.10 to place 36th. App’s fourth-best competitor was Collin Loy who clocked a time of 26:10.29 to snatch 47th.
Appalachian State will train for two weeks to prepare for the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships in Dothan, Ala on Saturday, Oct. 29. The men’s 8k race with begin at 12 p.m.