Fieldhouse Weekender, 10.21.2018

2017 TCS New York City Marathon
NYC Marathon runners in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood in 2017 (photo – Getty Images)

NATIONAL

Running – In just under two weeks, one of the nation’s premier road races, the New York City Marathon, will be staged on Sunday, November 4. The event begins in Staten Island and heads through the city’s five boroughs, concluding in Manhattan’s Central Park.

The marathon was first staged in 1970 with 127 entrants and of them, only 55 runners finished the race. Recycled baseball and bowling trophies were among the prizes and the entry fee was $1. The total budget for the inaugural race was $1,000.

Last year, Shalane Flanagan was the first U.S. woman open-division winner in 40 years, while Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworer earned his first marathon victory on the men’s side. The field included 50,773 finishers.

This year’s race will see the professional women begin at 9:20 a.m., with the professional men’s race set to go off at 9:50 a.m. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and many local ABC affiliates. 

Grayson Atkins Furman Football 2018 Furman Paladins
Furman kicker Grayson Atkins hit three from 50+ on Sat. (photo – Furman Athletics)

REGIONAL

College Football Both of the area’s NCAA Division I teams fell on Saturday with Furman dropping a 38-25 decision to Samford, and WCU falling 59-46 to Mercer. Both were Southern Conference games. 

The Paladins dropped to 2-2 in the conference after falling to a Samford (4-4, 3-2) team that has averaged 59/ppg over the past three weeks. Despite the loss, kicker Grayson Atkins hit four field goals, including ones from 50, 51, and 53 yards. With the effort, he matched the NCAA record for 50+ yard field goals in one game. 

Western Carolina (3-4, 1-4) continued to score – they average 33/ppg this year – but also continued to struggle to keep opposing offenses off the board. Quarterback Tyrie Adams threw for 360 yards and two scores and rushed for 185 yards and two more touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Catamounts fell to the Bears (4-3, 3-1). The 545 yards of offense by Adams set a new WCU school record.

In other area football matchups, Mars Hill (2-6) fell to Wingate (5-3), 58-21, on Saturday. At the DIII level, the Brevard Tornados dropped a 29-21 decision to N.C. Wesleyan in Brevard.

Asheville School Field
Asheville School’s Arbogast Field earlier this fall (photo – T. Flynn)

Preps – Asheville School (5-3) and Christ School (8-1) both earned victories this weekend, setting up this week’s meeting between the two long-time rivals. It will be the 92nd time the rivalry will play out, and this year’s contest will be hosted by Christ School at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.

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