Cross country primed for Catamount Classic
Carmen Hilliard (left), Lisa Pallotta (right)
Cross country primed for Catamount Classic
Thursday, October 16, 2014

First appearance in Cullowhee since 2001

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2014) – In its final tuneup before the Southern Conference Championships on Halloween, the ETSU cross country program will be back in action on Friday at the Catamount Classic on Western Carolina University’s campus.

The competition will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. with the women running first in a 5K, while the men will follow with a 4:15 p.m. start time in an 8K.

This upcoming appearance at the Catamount Classic will be the first time ETSU has competed in Cullowhee since 2001.

"The last three weeks have been training-focused," said ETSU Director of Cross Country George Watts, "and I know the teams are looking forward to a race."  

Following a few weeks off from competition, the Bucs are ready to hit their stride leading up to the SoCon Championships. The Blue & Gold certainly have some momentum established after sweeping the top spots in both the men’s and women’s races at the UNC Greensboro Spartan Invitational on Sept. 26.

In Greensboro, the Buccaneer men occupied five of the top-10 finish placements in the 8K and were led by sophomore Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) placing second overall – behind only an unattached runner in first place – with a time of 25:22.53. Meanwhile, the women placed four in the top five -- including the top three times – and were paced by junior Katie Hirko (Oley, Pa.) who took the top spot with a personal-record 17:30.73 time in the 5K.

"I expect both teams to race aggressively and look for improvement from top to bottom," said Watts. "We can't control the weather or course conditions but what we can control is our mental and physical preparation. Although our performance will be an important step towards how we perform in two weeks, we must avoid looking ahead to the SoCon Championships."  

Stay tuned to on Friday evening for a recap and results from the Catamount Classic.

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