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CVCC Announces First Signees To New Cross Country Program
CVCC signs first four student-athletes to cross country program.
photos and graphic courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

CVCC Announces First Signees to New Cross Country Program

Catawba Valley Community College announces its first four signees to the new cross-country program.

Among the signees are the program’s first-ever runner — Bandys’ Allison Beard — along with local products in Foard’s Ryan Eblen and Nick Shell and East Burke’s Jonathan Garcia.

“I’m excited for our local students to have the opportunity to compete for a collegiate championship,” said Red Hawk cross-country head coach Shawn Fountain. “I am grateful they chose CVCC as their first step towards lifelong success.”

Beard was a member of the Trojans’ 4×800 track & field team, which was a fifth-place state finish this year. She can run the 1600-meter in 6:40.

An all-conference runner at East Burke, Garcia was also the Most Valuable Offensive player on the East Burke soccer team. His PR for the 5K is 19:39.

Elben’s best 1600-meter run time is 5:15, while Shell’s high mark in mile is 5:43.

The Red Hawk cross-country team will be competing starting this fall in Region 10 Division III competition.

For more information on the new cross-country program at CVCC, please contact head coach Shawn Fountain at 828-327-7000 ext. 4463 or email sfountain@cvcc.edu.