APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Southern Conference Champions 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 NCAA Championship Appearances 1994 National Rankings 20th (1994)
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John Weaver Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Weaver is in his 32nd season as the director of the women’s track and cross country program and in his 17th season as the director of both the women’s and men’s programs at Appalachian State University. Weaver assumed the duties of directing both programs in the fall of 1995. A 1971 graduate of Appalachian in biology, Weaver returned to Appalachian in 1979 to assist the men’s program while earning his masters in biology. During his three-year tenure as the men’s assistant, he trained two NCAA qualifiers and seven Southern Conference champions. Weaver took over the full-time coaching duties for the women’s program in 1982. Since that time, the program, including cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, has produced an NCAA Division I National Champion in the 1500m twice, nine NCAA Division I all-Americans with 23 all-American performances, 18 NCAA Division I qualifiers, 257 Southern Conference individual champion performances, 718 all-conference performances, 27 conference MVP athletes, 40 conference team championships, 24 conference coach-of-the-year honors, 13 conference freshman of the year honors and two Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors. Since 2003, when the NCAA began competition on a Regional level, the Mountaineers have sent 49 athletes to the regional meet. After taking over the men’s program in 1995, the Mountaineers have produced two NCAA Division I all-Americans, four NCAA All-American performances, 11 Division I Qualifiers, 203 Southern Conference individual champion performances, 479 all-conference performers, 10 conference MVP’s, 25 conference team championships, 11 coach-of-the-year honors, three conference freshman of the year and two Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors. App State has also sent 42 athletes to Regional competition.
Appalachian has qualified 42 men and 49 women athletes to the East Region with eight NCAA Championship qualifying performances coming out of the region for Appalachian. In 2004, Appalachian had its first East Region champion with a first place finish in the men’s 100 meter dash. Coach Weaver has also worked as the Yosef Club Director (athletic fundraising arm of the Appalachian Foundation Inc.) from 1982-1985. He also taught classes in the Education and Physical Education departments of the university. A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Weaver graduated from Seventy-First High School in 1967. He earned his bachelor of science degree in 1971 from Appalachian, returning to Fayetteville to teach biology and eventually take over the cross country and track programs at Douglas Byrd High School in 1972. His cross country dual meet record over eight years was an impressive 71-11 and his teams won six conference titles while competing in four state championships. His track team also produced many individual conference and regional champions, along with several state meet qualifiers. Currently, Coach Weaver coaches the sprinters, hurdlers, multi-event athletes and relays, while over-seeing all aspects of the program. He is also serving an appointment to the NCAA Division I Track and Cross Country Committee effective September of 2006 and active until September of 2010. Each summer, Weaver also directs the Grandfather Mountain Marathon, The Bear Road Race and two Cross Country team camps. Over 1,000 athletes attend camp at App State each summer.
Michael Curcio Head Coach Mike Curcio is in his 19th year as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and track and field distance coach at Appalachian State University. The 2012 campaign was a banner year for the Mountaineers’ middle-distance/distance runners on the track as Curcio helped coach three athletes who broke five school records. Will Raby set the school record for the 5,000-meter event in indoor track, while Alex Taylor and Chris Moen teamed up with two sprinters to set the school record in the distance medley relay for indoor track at the SoCon Championships. Taylor set the App State record in the 800 and 1500-meter events while teaming up with Moen and two of Appalachian’s sprinters to break a 28-year old Appalachian record in the distance medley relay at the 2012 Penn Relays. Curcio coached four men to the first round of the NCAA Championships in 2012 in outdoor track, as Taylor qualified for both the 800 and 1,500-meter events and Moen, Sean Soderman and Josh Cox all qualified for the 3,000meter steeplechase. Curcio’s cross country teams have been very successful under his tenure, as they have captured one women’s Southern Conference titles and 10 men’s SoCon championships, including six-straight men’s titles from 2005-10 During his time at App State, Curcio has coached nine NCAA Qualifiers, 16 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, 19 USATF Junior National Qualifiers and seven Southern Conference Cross Country Freshman of the Year. In addition to those feats, Curcio has also coached 88 all-Southern Conference Cross Country performers and four Southern Conference Cross Country individual champions. While coaching the distance runners for Appalachian track and field, Curcio has coached 59 athletes to SoCon indoor and outdoor individual cham-
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pion performances and 203 runners to all-conference indoor and outdoor performances. He has also coached two athletes to SoCon indoor track and field MVP awards and two outdoor track and field MVP awards. As athletic excellence is important, Curcio and his teams also strive for success in academics. Since being at Appalachian, Curcio has coached two NCAA post graduate scholarship award winners, one Southern Conference post graduate scholarship award winner, three Mrs. Brakefield award recipients, for an Appalachian senior student-athlete with the highest GPA, and 12 USTFCCCA academic all-Americans. During the 2011-12 season, both the App State men’s and women’s recorded multi-year APR scores well above the national average while the men were recognized with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for compiling a four-year APR of 1,000 and ranking among the top 10 percent of all teams in the nation. For all of his efforts, in 2003 Curcio was named the USTCA Division I Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year for Distance. He also has been recognized by the Southern Conference for his team’s impressive performances, being named the SoCon’s men’s cross country coach of the year nine times. Before coming to Appalachian, Curcio served as an assistant at Florida State from 1988-1992. In the spring of 1993, he became an assistant at South Florida, where he helped build a fledgling track and field program, along with a nationallyranked cross country program. The track women at USF won three conference titles in the first four years of the program’s existence. The men’s and women’s cross country teams were ranked as high as 12th and 21st in Division I during his tenure. Curcio hails from Long Island, N.Y. where he attended Newfield High School before attending and competing for Appalachian State University. He was a three-time all-SoCon selection in track and still ranks seventh all-time in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 3:49.60.
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Name Jonathan Bivens Matthew Burns Nolan Clark Josh Cox Michael Ellis Chris Garrett James Howard-Smith Robert Kovach Kyle McFoy Will Raby Tyler Sink Ben Sowell Joe Sullivan Mark Sullivan Andrew Vandenberg
Class Fr. Fr. Gr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Gr. So. So. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. So.
Hometown/Previous School Charlotte, N.C./Weddington Matthews, N.C./Weddington Gainesville, Ga./Western Carolina Mooresville, N.C./Charlotte Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor Garner, N.C./West Johnson Chalottesville, Va./Western Albemarle Asheville, N.C./TC Roberson Newark, Del./The Tatnall School Charlotte, N.C./McCallie School Apex, N.C./Apex Marietta, Ga./Blessed Trinity Matthews, N.C./Providence Raleigh, N.C./South Alabama Boone, N.C./Watauga
Aug. 30 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 18 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 15 Nov. 23
BOONE, N.C. Swannonoa, N.C. Rock Hill, S.C. BOONE, N.C. Bethlehem, Pa. BOONE, N.C. Birmingham, Ala. Raleigh, N.C. Charlottesville, Va. Terre Haute, Ind.
COVERED BRIDGE OPEN UNC Asheville Invitational Winthrop Open MOUNTAINEER OPEN Paul Short Run BLUE RIDGE OPEN SoCon Championships Three Stripe Invitational NCAA Southeast Regional NCAA National Championships
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SEASON PREVIEW Appalachian State University men’s cross country enters the 2013 season after winning last year’s Southern Conference Championship. The Mountaineers will rely on a relatively young team, consisting of six freshmen, as they attempt to repeat their 2012 SoCon title. Appalachian will be led by senior Will Raby who helped lead his team to it’s sixth straight conference championship in 2010. Raby is joined by fellow upperclassmen Josh Cox and James HowardSmith who finished 15th and 21st, respectively, in the 2012 SoCon Championship. Sophomore Kyle McFoy and junior Chris Garrett are other runners to watch as they finished in the top 50 at the SoCon tournament last year.
App State opens its campaign at home with the Covered Bridge Open on Aug. 30 before hitting the road for the UNC Asheville Invitational on Sept. 15 and the Winthrop Open on Sept. 21. The Apps will host the Mountaineer Open on Oct. 4 while some of the squad heads to Bethlehem, Pa. for the Paul Short Run the next day. They will return for their final home meet of the season on Oct. 18 with the Blue Ridge Open. The Mountaineers will compete for the SoCon Championship in Birmingham, Ala. on Nov. 2 and then head to Raleigh for the Three Stripe Invitational on Nov. 9. The NCAA Southeast Regional is schedule for Nov. 15 in Charlottesville, Va. where runners will compete for a spot in the NCAA Championship, which takes place in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23.
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2013 A ppalachian S tate C ross C ountry 2013 Mountaineers Jonathan Bivens - (RS) Fr. - Charlotte, N.C./Weddington
PR’s Indoor: 3,000m - 8:57.14 2012-2013 Cross Country: Reshirted...Indoor: Competed in three meets on the season...posted a seventh-place finish and personal best 8:57.14 at the Liberty Quad Meet...Outdoor: Did not compete High School: Placed second with a time of 15:51.00 at the 2011 NCHSAA State Championship...won the 2011 NCHSAA 3A Midwest Regional with a time of 15:45.00 and took home the title at the prestigious Wendy’s Invitational in his senior season...earned a eighth-place finish in the 1,600-meters at the 2012 1A/2A/3A NCHSAA Indoor State Championships... finished second in the 3,200m in the 2012 3A North Carolina Outdoor State Championships
Matthew Burns - Fr. - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
High School PR’s: 800m - 2:02 ...1,600m - 4:30 ...3,200m - 9:44 High School: Lettered twice in cross country and track and field...Named All Region Cross Country Midwest in 2011
Nolan Clark - Gr. - Gainesville, Ga./Western Carolina
WCU PR’s: Mile - 4:15 ...1,500m - 3:54 ...5,000m - 14:48 2012-2013 (WCU): Indoor: Placed third and earned a personal best in the mile with 4:16.81 at the Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships…Outdoor: placed seventh and earned a personal best in the 800m at the Benyon Sports Catamount Classic...finished first in the 1,500m at the Benyon Sports Catamount Classic…earned a personal best in the 1,500m at the Auburn Tiger Classic
Josh Cox - (RS) Jr. - Mooresville N.C./ Mooresville (Charlotte)
PR’s Cross Country: 8,000m - 25:09.20... 10,000m - 32:32.34 Indoor: 800m – 2:07.20...One Mile –4:29.64...3,000m – 8:36.21...5,000m - 15:08.09 Outdoor: 1,500m – 4:05.67... 3,000m steeplechase – 9:02.77... 5,000m – 14:54.96 2012-13 Cross Country: Was a top-five runner for the Apps all season...helped the Mountaineers to a second-place finish at the adidas/Winthrop Invitational, placing 14th overall...placed second for Appalachian and 20th overall at the Blue Ridge Open...earned a 15th place overall finish and a fourth-place finish for the Black and Gold, helping the Apps win a SoCon Championship...participated in the NCAA Southeast Regional, crossing the line fifth for the Apps...Indoor: Finished fourth in the 3,000m at the JDL Invitational..ran a personal-best 8:36.21 in the 3,000m at the SoCon Championships...placed sixth in the 5,000m at the Kentucky Invitational...posted a personalbest 15:08.09 in the 5,000m at the SoCon Championships... Outdoor: Earned a second-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Auburn Classic...placed third in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Coastal Carolina Invitational...ranks sixth all-time in the 3,000m steeplechase, running a 9:02.77 in the SoCon Championships for a second-place finish and earning all-SoCon honors...placed 12th in the 5,000m run at the SoCon Championships 2011-12 Cross Country: Redshirted...Indoor: Competed in four meets for Appalachian...finished seventh in the 5,000m at the Dick Taylor Invitational...ran a 8:49.13 in the 3,000m at the JDL Fast Track Collegiate Invitational...Outdoor: finished first in the 3,000m steeplechase, running a 9:28.82 at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational...posted a second place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase at the SoCon Outdoor Championships, garnering all-SoCon honors...ranks sixth all-time at ASU in the 3,000m steeplechase, running a 9:03.31 at the Duke Invitational...finished sixth at the SoCon Outdoor Championships in the 5,000m...helped the Apps to its third-straight
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SoCon Outdoor title as a top performer in the 3,000m steeplechase...qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries in the 3,000m steeplechase 2010-11 (Charlotte) Cross Country: Competed in every meet for the 49ers...ran his best 8,000m race, 26:09.3, at the Charlotte Invitational...helped his squad to a second place finish at the Clemson Invitational...Indoor: Placed 13th at JRF Combined Events/Invitational in the 3,000m
Michael Ellis - (RS) Fr. - Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor
PR’s Indoor: Mile - 4:29.09... 3,000m - 8:47.37 Outdoor: 5,000m - 15:12.36 ...3,000m steeplechase - 9:29.37 2012-2013 Cross Country: Redshirted... Indoor: Ran in six meets... earned a sixth place finish and personal best of 8:47.37 in the 3,000m at the Liberty Quad...finished fifth in the mile at the Appalachian Indoor Open Split Meet with a PR of 4:29.09... Outdoor: Competed in six meets... finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Mountains vs. Beach meet... ran a personal best of 9:29.37 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Auburn Tiger Classic High School: was named all-region in both his junior and senior seasons...received both the Coaches Award and Most Improved for cross country...earned the Coaches Award two times for track...finished fourth in the 4A North Carolina High School State Championships in the 3,200m, posting a 9:31.53
Chris Garrett - Jr. - Garner, N.C./ West Johnston
PR’s Cross Country: 8,000m – 25:30.49 Indoor: 3,000m – 8:42.97... 800m – 1:59.70... One Mile – 4:17.43 Outdoor: 1,500m - 3:57.49...5,000m - 15:22.96...3,000m steeplechase 9:55.86 2012-13 Cross Country: Finished first in the green division of the 49er Invite for the Apps.. ran a personal-best 25:30.49 in the Blue Ridge Open...helped the Mountaineers to a SoCon Championship, finishing ninth for App and 34th overall... Indoor: Ran a personal-best 1:59.70 in the 800m at the Appalachian Pre-Conference meet... placed fifth in the mile t the Liberty Quad... earned a seventh-place finish in the 3,000m at the Mountaineer Open... Outdoor: garnered a third-place finish in the 800m at the Appalachian Open... posted a first-place finish in the 1,500m at the Appalachian Open... placed fifth in the 1,500m at Beaches vs Mountains... ran a personal-best 3:57.49 in the 1,500m at the Auburn Tiger Classic... earned a personalbest time of 15:22.96 in the 5,000m at the Wake Forest Open... had a personal-best in the 3,000m steeplechase at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting, running a 9:55.86 2011-12 Cross Country: Competed in five meets as a true freshman for Appalachian...posted a season-best 20:22.10 at the Mountaineer Open...helped the team to a fourth place finish at the Covered Bridge Open...Indoor: Competed in three meets on the season...had a fifth place finish in the 3,000m at the Niswonger Foundation Invitational...ran a 4:17.43 in the mile at the Penn State Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup... Outdoor: Did not compete High School: All-state in cross country with a runner-up finish his senior season...finished 15th in the Foot Locker Cross Country South Regional...earned all-conference three times in cross country and was a three-time all-state performer in track and field...state champion in the 1,600m in the 2011 indoor championship
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James Howard-Smith - Gr. - Charlottesville, Va./ Western Albemarle
PR’s Cross Country: 8,000m – 25:20.01...10,000m - 32:21.51 Indoor: 800m – 1:56.90... 3,000m – 9:01.91... One Mile – 4:18.95 Outdoor: 1,500m – 4:03.42... 800m – 1:56.86... 3,000m steeplechase – 9:21.48 2012-13 Cross Country: Finished third for the Apps at the 49er Invite... rounded out the top-five for the Mountaineers at the Blue Ridge Open... placed 21st overall and sixth for App State at the SoCon Championships... participated in the NCAA Southeast Regional... Indoor: ran a personal-best in the 800m at the Appalachian Pre-Conference meet... Outdoor: Ran in the 800m at the Wake Forest Open... Posted a personal-best time of 4:03.42 in the 1,500m at the Auburn Tiger Classic... finished fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase in the Coastal Carolina Invitational... earned a sixth-place finish and a personal-best time in the 3,000m steeplechase at the SoCon Championships 2011-12 Cross Country: Competed in five meets for the Black and Gold...completed the Covered Bridge Open in 26:40.20, for a 29th place finish...posted a season-best 20:34.50 at the Mountaineer Open...Indoor: Ran in three meets...finished sixth in the 800m at the Appalachian Pre-Conference Indoor Open Split Track Meet...posted a 9:01.91 in the 3,000m at the Niswonger Invitational...Outdoor: Competed in three meets... posted a third place finish in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Beaches vs. Mountains Race...finished sixth in the 4x4 at the SoCon Outdoor Championships 2010-11 Cross Country: Earned a season top finish 16th place at the Asics-Winthrop Invitational...competed in three meets... Indoor: Competed in two meets...earned a seventh place finish in the 800m at the Appalachian Pre-Conference meet 2009-10 Cross Country: Competed in two races as a freshman for the Mountaineers...finished 24th in season opening Covered Bridge Open, posting a season-best time of 20:56 High School: Two-time all-american in distance medley relay, first place in 2008, fourth place in 2009...regional outdoor mile champion as a senior...placed third at Foot-Locker cross country sophomore race (2006)
Robert Kovach - Fr. - Asheville, N.C./TC Roberson
PR’s Cross Country: 8,000m – 27:47.08 Indoor: 800m – 2:05.03…Mile – 4:42.04 Outdoor: 800m – 2:02.12…1,500m – 4:14.14 2012-13 Cross Country: Competed in the Covered Bridge Open as his first collegiate meet... finished fifth for the Apps in the green division at the 49er Invite... ran a personal-best 27:47.08 in the Blue Ridge Open...Indoor: Placed sixth in the 800m at the Mountaineer Open...finished with a personalbest 2:05.03 in the 800m at the Appalachian Pre-Conference meet... ran a personal-best 4:42.04 in the mile at the Mountaineer Open... Outdoor: posted a personal-best 2:02.12 in the 800m at Beaches vs Mountains...placed fifth in the 800m at the Appalachian Open... set a personal-best in the 1,500m at the Coastal Carolina Invitational High School: Named all-region one time for cross country... voted team MVP in both cross country and track.
Kyle McFoy - (RS)So. - Newark, Del./ The Tatnall School
PR’s Cross Country: 8,000m – 25:42.06 Indoor: 800m – 2:07.84... 3,000m – 8:46.41.... One Mile – 4:31.85... 5,000m - 15:16.44 Outdoor:800m – 2:04.16... 1,500m – 4:10.11... 3,000m steeplechase – 10:08.02... 5,000m - 14:50.70 2012-13 Cross Country: ran a personal-best in the adidas/ Winthrop Invitational... placed fourth for the Apps in the 49er Invite... posted an eighth-place finish for the Mountaineers at the SoCon Championships... Indoor: earned a sixth-place finish and a personal-best in the mile at the Appalachian Pre-Conference meet... finished second in the 3,000m at the
Mountaineer Open... posted a personal-best time in the 3,000m at the Liberty Quad... ran a personal-best 15:16.44 in the 5,000m at the Kentucky Invitational for a seventh-place finish... Outdoor: finished second in the 5,000m at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, running a personal-best 14:50.70... posted an eighth-place finish in the 5,000m run at the SoCon Championships... set a personalbest time in the 10,000m run at the Raleigh Relays... placed seventh in the SoCon Championships in the 10,000m run 2011-12 Cross Country: Redshirted...Indoor: Ran in five meets... posted a fifth place finish in the mile and the 800m at the Appalachian Split Open...helped his team to a sixth place finish in the dual medlay relay at the Dick Taylor Invitational...Outdoor: Competed in three meets...finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase, running a 10:08.02 a the Appalachian Open Outdoor Track Meet... had a fourth place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase at the South Carolina Invitational High School: Named two-time all-state honors in cross country... member of two team state cross country championships...earned all-conference two times in cross country...two-time all-county honors in cross country and track & field
Will Raby - Sr. - Charlotte, N.C./McCallie School
PR’s Cross Country: 8,000m – 24:41.49 Indoor: 3,000m – 8:22.65... 5,000m – 14:30.43... One Mile – 4:28.25 Outdoor: 1,500m – 3:55.91... 3,000m – 8:32.21... 5,000m – 14:46.84... 10,000m – 30:29.38 2012-13 Cross Country: Did not compete... Indoor... competed in three meets... placed third at the Liberty Quad in the 3,000m with a time of 8:45.40... finished fourth in the mile at the Appalachian Indoor Open Split Meet... Outdoor: ran in three meets... earned a fourth-place finish in the 5,000m at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational... finished third at the Mountains vs. Beaches Meet in the 3,000m 2011-12 Cross Country: Competed in five meets for ASU...posted a 26:10.60 at the Covered Bridge Open...helped the team to a second place finish at the Mountaineer Open....named second team all-SoCon after a ninth place finish at the SoCon Championships...Indoor: Posted a third place finish in the 5,000m at the SoCon Champioship, earning all-SoCon honors...garnered all-SoCon recognition running a season-best 8:22.65 in the 3,000m at the SoCon Championship, ranking him third all-time in App State history...broke the school record in the 5,000m with his 14:30.43 in the SoCon Championships...Outdoor: Competed in two meets.... put up a first place finish in the 5,000m at the Wake Forest Open, posting a personal best 14:46.84...finished sixth in the 10,000m at the SoCon Outdoor Championship, running a 32:09.78 2010-11 Cross Country: Led ASU to its sixth-straight conference title with a eighth place finish...finished third at the AsicsWinthrop Invitational..was the Apps top performer at the NCAA Southeast Regional...set a personal record at the 8,000m BrooksPaul Short Run meet...Indoor: Competed in three meets, including the SoCon Indoor Championships...became second all-time in the 5,000m for his 15:36.91 time performence at the Akron Invitational-Gold and is behind teammate Sean Soderman... Outdoor: Won the 5,000m title at the SoCon Championships... earned all-conference honors with a fourth place finish in the 10,000m...finished first at the Beach vs. Mountain meet in the 3,000m...ranks fifth all-time in the 3,000m, running an 8:36.63... ranks seventh in ASU history in the 10,000m, posting a 30:29.38 2009-10 Cross Country: Competed in three meets for the Mountaineers as a freshman, placing 26th at the Covered Bridge Open, 36th at the Mountaineer Open and 58th at the Blue Ridge Open High School: Three time all-state nominee in cross country... twice named to Best of Preps cross country team by Chattanooga Times-Free Press...placed third in 3,200 meter run at 2008 and 2009 Tennessee Outdoor State Championships
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2013 A ppalachian S tate C ross C ountry 2013 Mountaineers Tyler Sink - Fr. - Apex, N.C./ Apex
High School PR’s: 800m – 2:04... 1600m – 4:27... 3200m – 9:40 High School: Lettered three times in cross country and twice in track and field... named all-conference as a senior... holds the school record in the 4x1600 relay
Ben Sowell - Fr. - Marietta, Ga./Blessed Trinity
High School PR’s: 800m – 2:01.25... 1600m – 4:28... 3200m 9:46 High School: Named Most Improved in cross country his senior year... named Runner of the Year in track and field his senior year
Joe Sullivan - Fr - Charlotte, N.C./ Providence
High School PR’s: 1,600m - 4:46... 3,200m - 10:00... 5,000m 16:18 High School: Placed first at the Southwestern Conference Championship in the 3,200m... earned a second-place finish in the 4A West Regional in the 3,200m with a time of 10:13.28... placed sixteenth in the 3,200m at the 4A state championship
Mark Sullivan - Sr. - Raleigh, N.C./ Cardinal Gibbons (South Alabama)
PR’s Cross Country: Four-Mile Run... 20:51.94 Indoor: Mile Run - 4:36.25... 3,000 meters - 9:02.50... 5,000 meters - 16:08.16 Outdoor: 1,500 meters - 4:16.46... 3,000-meter steeplechase - 10:16.45 2012-13 Cross Country: Did not compete in the 2012 season... Indoor: Ran a personal-best 9:02.50 in the 3,000m at the Liberty Quad for an eighth-place finish... Outdoor: Did not participate in the 2013 season 2011-12 Cross Country: Competed in four meets for the Apps...finished 58th at the SoCon Championships, with a time of 26:25.29...posted a season-best 20:51.70 at the Mountaineer Open...Indoor: Participated in three meets...helped his team to a sixth place finish in the dual medley relay at the Dick Taylor Invitational...Outdoor: Competed in four meets... finished fifth with a 10:16.45 in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Appalachian Open Outdoor Track Meet. 2010-11 (South Alabama) Cross Country: Earned a firstplace finish at the four-mile Southern Mississippi Invitational... finished fifth at the Troy State ‘Coach “O” Invitational’...placed 20th at the Sun Belt Championships
Andrew Vandenberg - So. - Boone, N.C./Watauga
PR’s Cross Country: 8,000m - 25:59.70 Indoor: 3,000m - 9:14.10 Outdoor: 3,000m - 9:33.56... 5,000m - 16:17.70... 10,000m 32:41.02 2012-13 Cross Country: Participated in the Covered Bridge Open, finishing sixth for the Apps and 15th overall... Indoor: Placed eighth in the Mountaineer Open in the 3,000m... ran a personal-best 9:14.10 in the Liberty Quad in the 3,000m... earned a first-place finish in the 3,000m at the Appalachian Pre-Conference meet... Outdoor: Posted a personal-best in the 3,000m at Beaches vs Mountains... finished sixth in the 5,000m at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting, running a personal-best 16:17.70... garnered a second-place finish in the 10,000m at the Coastal Carolina Invitational High School: Named all-conference four times in cross country and track and field...named Most Improved his senior year for outdoor track and field...finished seventh inthe 3,200m at the 4A North Carolina Indoor State Meet, posting a 9:47.93... father, Peter Vandenberg and aunt, Whitney Ball both ran at App State and have been inducted into the Hall of Fame
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Appalachian State University
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian boasts an enrollment of 17,589 students. Located in the town of Boone, Appalachian is in the midst of one of the finest resort areas in the United States. Mountain foliage, skiing, the Blue Ridge Parkway (America’s most visited national park) and cool summer evenings help make the Boone area so popular. Academically, Appalachian is a comprehensive university that offers more than 130 majors. The institution stresses teaching. Classes are kept small and almost all classes are taught by full professors. The student to faculty ratio is 15-to-1. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Appalachian among the Top 10 Regional Universities. All this at a reasonable cost. Appalachian fields 20 varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level, including cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. In the past 31 years, the men and women have combined to win 63 Southern Conference championships in track and cross country. The men’s program has produced 43 NCAA qualifiers and seven All-Americans, while the women have 50 NCAA qualifers, 10 gaining All-America honors, a two-time NCAA National Champion, and a two-time Olympic bronze medalist. The women’s cross country team has won nine conference titles, while the men’s team has captured 14, with 1994 as a banner year as the mens team qualified for the NCAA Championships and finished the season ranked 20th in the nation.
Appalachian and the surrounding areas offer some of the best and widest variety of training sites on the East Coast. Moses Cone Park and The Blue Ridge Parkway offer over 50 miles of groomed trails, while the on-campus cross country course has more than four miles of trails sitting along the New River. The course was named after Appalachian standout Don Kennedy. The 8,325- seat Holmes Convocation Center and its 300-meter indoor track opened in 2000. The stateof-the-art Appalachian Athletics Center opened in 2009 at Kidd Brewer Stadium and serves as the home for App State football and outdoor track and field.
Location..............................................................................Boone, N.C. Founded...........................................................................................1899 Enrollment...................................................................................17,589 Conference.............................................................................Southern Nickname......................................................................Mountaineers Colors............................................................................Black and Gold Chancellor...................................................Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock Faculty Representative..........................................Dr. Alan Hauser Director of Athletics....................................................Charlie Cobb Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA..Debbie Richardson Director of Track and Cross Country......................John Weaver Head Cross Country Coach.........................................Mike Curcio XC/Track Phone...........................................................828-262-3080 XC/Track Fax.................................................................828-262-4056 University Web Address.................................www.appstate.edu Athletics Web Address.........................www.appstatesports.com
The 2013 Appalachian State Men's Cross Country Media Guide includes coach and player bios, complete record book, as well as a season outlook...