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Ryan Eblen
Ryan Eblen, a Fred T. Foard grad, finished as the top runner from NJCAA Division III, Region X runners.
photo courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

CVCC Cross Country Fairs Well at Yeti Invitational

The Catawba Valley Red Hawk cross country team exceeded all the expectations at the inaugural Yeti Invitational at Cleveland Community College this past Saturday.

Competing against multiple colleges and universities, including Division I four-year programs, CVCC did extremely well against their Division III competitors in Region 10.

“I’m so extremely excited and proud of how well our runners finished the race today,” said Red Hawk cross country head coach Shawn Fountain. “I’m very excited for regionals in a few weeks. We have the opportunity to do exceptionally well and represent Red Hawk Nation.”

In the men’s division, the Red Hawks’ Ryan Eblen finished in first place among Region 10 Division III runners with an 8K time of 33:41.8.

Preston Rutledge and Nick Shull were third and fifth, respectively, among conference Division III runners. Rutledge finished his 8K with a time of 36:28.1, and Shull recorded an 8K time of 38:21.9.

Despite a late-race fall, the Red Hawks’ Allison Beard placed second among the Region 10 Division III runners. Beard recorded a 5K time of 28:54.6.

The Catawba Valley Community College cross country team returns to the races on Saturday, Oct. 8 for the 2022 Akiah McMillan Invitational in Columbia, S.C.