BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men’s track and field will commence the 2016-17 indoor track season on Saturday, December 3 at the JDL College Kickoff Classic in Winston-Salem. The men’s running events begin at 10:20 a.m. and the field events start at 9:30 a.m.
"As in the past, we are always excited to have our athletes compete at this first meet of the indoor season so we can see where our fall training has brought us," said head coach John Weaver. "Unfortunately, we are having to run at the JDL meet instead of home this year but we will take advantage of this opportunity. This meet will be a very large meet but a very competitive one so that we will get some great insights as to what we can excpect when the indoor season gets cranked up when we get back in January. Both teams are looking stronger than last year and with the addition of some key freshman, we are looking forward to a good season."
16 Mountaineers are set to compete at the JDL Fast Track in 11 events including the 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Mile, 60-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay, high jump, pole vault, long jump and shot put. In all running events, the women will go first followed by the men.
Appalachian will compete against Allen, Anderson (S.C.), Barton, Belmont Abbey, Benedict, Carson-Newman, Charlotte, Claflin, Coker, Columbia (S.C.), Converse, Davidson, Elon, Gardner-Webb, Hampton, Johnson C. Smith, Lees-McRae, Lenoir-Rhyne, Limestone, Livingstone, Mars Hill, Meredith, Milligan, Montreat, North Florida, Pfeiffer, Queens (N.C.), St. Augustine’s, Western Carolina, Wingate, Winston-Salem St.,Winthrop and UNC-Asheville.
The Apps’ are eager to start the season and look to kick-off the year on a high note before the Christmas break. Brandon Smith, Andrew Spear and newcomer Elliott Graves will lead-off the Mountaineer charge competing in the first event of the day on the track in the 60-meter hurdles. At 10 a.m., Phillip Thomas will jump-start the pole vault competition, and freshman Tylen Noel will make his Mountaineer debut as the sole Black and Gold horizontal jumper to compete in the meet. Lastly, the men’s shot put will begin at 9:30 a.m. where Nathan Milch and Ellsworth Parham look to kick-start their senior year in the right direction.
Appalachian’s next track meet will fall in the New Year on Friday, January 13-14 for the ETSU Meet in Johnson City, Tenn.