ETSU cross country heads to Blacksburg
ETSU cross country heads to Blacksburg
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Bucs set to run in Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational on Friday

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Sept. 15, 2022) – Coming off its season opening meet two weeks ago in Spartanburg, the ETSU men’s and women’s cross country teams gear up for their second meet of the season as the Buccaneers head to Blacksburg for the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational.  


Date: Friday, Sept. 16

Meet: Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational  

Location: Buford Meredith Cross Country Course (Blacksburg, Va.)

Time: Women’s 6K – 6 p.m. | Men’s 8K – 6:40 p.m.

Results: | Meet Info


  • The Bucs are sending 11 women and 13 men to Blacksburg on Friday.  
  • In the season opener at USC Upstate, the Buccaneer men had four place in the top-10, including Evan Guzman (Franklin, Tenn.) posting a fourth-place finish with a time of 25:07, marking personal bests in both categories.
  • Myles Stoots (Mobile, Ala.) and Josh Krafsur (Fort Collins, Colo.) also finished in the top-10 as Stoots crossed the line in seventh (25:36.6) and Krafsur came right behind in eighth (25:47.8) … Krafsur registered his first top-10 collegiate finish.
  • Freshman Xian Campbell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) enjoyed his collegiate debut as he finished 10th with a mark of 25:59.9.
  • The women were led by redshirt sophomore Rebekah Howard (Ashland, Ky.) as she recorded her first top-10 collegiate finish, placing 10th with a personal best time of 19:21.6.  

Below is a full listing of ETSU student-athletes running on Friday in Blacksburg.  


Ansley Archuleta; Sophie Beach; Julia Foote; Rebekah Howard; Camryn Johnson; Chanelle Kruger; Izelle Kruger; Jessica Lord; Genevieve Schwarz; Grace Singleton; Karli Townsell


Mason Brandon; Xian Campbell; Gavin Cooper; Evan Guzman; Brayden Hamblen; Will Hartig; Nate Hillis; Abdul Jaber; Ben Kenner; Josh Krafsur; Nolan Pedota; Myles Stoots; Jack Watson


Joining the Bucs and Hokies this week include Liberty, High Point, VMI, Augusta, Marshall, Longwood, JMU and Radford.  


“Our aim is to show some improvement from our first meet of the season,” said ETSU Director of Cross Country/Track and Field George Watts. “The Virginia Tech course is more challenging than the one in Spartanburg. If we can duplicate our times from the Eye Opener race, I believe we will have made progress. These early season meets are used to get into a competition rhythm before we head into October where the races take on greater importance.

Our women’s team will not be at full strength again, but I was pleased with their effort two weeks ago and expect the same from them this Friday. They'll be racing a 6K, many of them for the first time. It'll be good preparation to race that distance since we'll run two more later in the season.

Individually, the men as a whole are well ahead of where they were at this time last year. Like the women, they'll race on a true cross country course and will have very few opportunities to relax during the race.  

I'm very pleased with the freshmen on both teams, and although it's still early, they've all shown nice progress.  

I do want to mention the great support we continue to receive from the parents, relatives and friends of our athletes. It was great to see so many of them at our first meet. There's always been a strong presence of supporters at our meets. I want to acknowledge that and how much we appreciate all of them being there.”


ETSU opens the month of October heading to Louisville for the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 1.  

For more information on Buccaneer men’s and women’s cross country, visit