Appalachian State men’s cross country opened its season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open. The Mountaineers placed second behind Wake Forest with 83 points.
Leading the Apps was Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who placed fifth overall with a time of 21:08.54 in the 6,400m run. The rest of the pack finished 19th through 23rd for Appalachian. Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Weschester Country Day) ran a time of 21:32.28 and Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) finished with a time of 21:34.94.
In 21st, Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) finished in 21:36.04 with Grant Rodgers (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) right behind at 21:36.48. Michael Ellis finished 23rd with a time of 21:39.34.
Will Henderson (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) competed as an unattached runner and placed 11th with a time of 21:18.22.
“We finished second behind Wake Forest and I figured they would be the team that would be really strong,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “As expected Kyle was up there mixing it up. Our pack did very well, but we need to move it a little bit closer. One to six we were basically 31 seconds. If we can close that up over four miles to 20 seconds it’ll do a lot more.
Curcio continued, “We had some good things with our freshman standout Grant Rodgers. He did a great job for his first meet in uniform and our transfer, Evan Laratta’s first race was in our top five so we’re really happy with their progress. I’m really excited about watching Will Henderson. He would have been our number two guy. He was 10 seconds behind Kyle who was an all-conference runner last year.”
“Things are boding well and we’re pretty happy with our first meet. We have some work to do and get used to that college level training.”
Appalachian State women’s cross country opened the 2014 season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open and finished in third place as a team with 45 points.
The Mountaineers were led by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who finished in sixth place overall with a personal record time of 18:35.16 in the women’s 5K. Justine Stocks (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) finished right behind her teammate in seventh place with a time of 18:51.87.
Finishing in ninth place, Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) ran a time of 19:05.14 and Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudville) finished in 10th with a time of 19:05.44. Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) wasn’t far behind finishing 13th in 19:25.52. Kayla Schneider (Boone, N.C./Watauga) ran a time of 19:31.91 for 15th place and Dana Cox placed 19th with a time of 19:46.36
“Very happy with Tristin Van Ord’s progress running number one for us today,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Her and Justine Stocks went after it against very talented ACC level young ladies. Our three and four did a great job and Torre Moser was excellent.”
Curcio continued, “As a team I think we did very well. I think a lot of the fans liked the course and I think the athletes enjoyed it as well. Overall, we were very happy to be that competitive with North Carolina and Wake Forest at this point in the season.”