Fieldhouse Weekender, 11.11.2018

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Montreat’s Lydia Wilson heads to the NAIA Nationals on Friday (photo – Codie Kunstmann/M.C.)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (November 11, 2018) –  As previously reported, the Montreat Cavaliers’ men’s cross country team qualified for the NAIA Nationals for the first time in its history on November 3. The team defeated regional power and perennial rival Milligan College (Tenn.) in the process.

Individually, Montreat sophomore Lydia Wilson earned her second consecutive invitation to the event by finishing third overall in the women’s race. Freshman Skyler Tait, a Western North Carolina native from Franklin, missed qualifying for nationals by .2 seconds. See the Black Mountain News on Wednesday for the full story.

Wilson is one of this area’s top women runners, along with UNCA freshman Clara Wincheski. The Bulldogs competed in the NCAA Southeast Regional on November 9 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. At the event, Zach Boone was the top finisher for UNCA on the men’s side, while Wincheski finished 47th overall in the field of 245 runners. The freshman finished just ahead of WCU’s standout, Kaitlyn Lingard. 

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The Paladins’ women’s cross country team will compete in the NCAA National Championships on November 17 in Madison, Wisconsin (photo – Furman Athletics)

To the south, Furman cemented its spot as the area’s top running program when its women’s cross country team finished second overall in the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional. The finish earns them a trip to the NCAA Nationals on November 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.

On the men’s side, senior Aaron Templeton locked up a spot at the nationals when he captured third in the men’s race and will travel to Madison as well this weekend. The men’s side finished fourth overall and is awaiting word on whether it will receive an at-large bid to the nationals.

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WCU, shown here in 2017, concludes its 2018 season against UNC this Saturday (photo – Icon Sportswire)

College Football  Following a 3-0 start to their 2018 campaign, the Western Carolina Catamounts have now dropped seven straight after falling to Wofford, 38-23, on Saturday. They’ll try to bounce back this Saturday against a UNC Tar Heels team that is struggling and is 1-8 heading into the contest. The game will be available via ESPN+. 

College SoccerFurman’s men’s soccer team seeks its record 14th Southern Conference title today when it faces UNCG (8-8-2) in the conference championship game in Johnson City, Tennessee. Check in this week for the final score.

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On this 100th anniversary of the armistice ending WWI, a moment to honor all of our veterans in Western North Carolina and across the nation. Thank you, veterans.

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