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App State landed in 19th at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. Michael Ellis was the first Mountaineer to reach the regional finish line.
Courtesy: Brian McWalters
MXC Finish 19th in the Southeast Region
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 11/11/2016 (ET)
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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 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 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 who clocked a time of 31:49.80 to place 107th in his first-ever 10k competition. Other scorers for Appalachian were Andrew Vandenberg in 138th (32:28.50) and Jacob Sears in 140th (32:31.80).

Rounding out the top 150 competitors in a field of 210 was Collin Loy who sprinted past the finish line with a PR of 32:42.20 to place 150th.

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

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