BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State head cross country coach Michael Curcio has announced the 2018 schedule for the men’s and women’s programs.
Both squads open their respective seasons in Boone on Aug. 31, as the Mountaineers host the Covered Bridge Open at Don Kennedy Trails at State Farm Park.
After taking a weekend off, the Black and Gold compete in two meets over the course of a 24-hour period. On Sept. 14, App State will compete at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational, followed by a trip to Rock Hill, S.C. to compete at the Winthrop Asics Invitational on Sept. 15.
“We have a group of talented athletes for the upcoming season,” Curcio said. “Our schedule features some tough meets against some great competition. It will help us get stronger as we look to continue our success at the Sun Belt Championships.”
On Sept. 22, the Mountaineer women will hold the Lady Apps Alumni Run at Don Kennedy Trails at State Farm Park. The alumni event will be part of a weekend of celebration of 50 years of women’s athletics at Appalachian State. A dinner will be held during the evening of Sept. 21, with the meet occurring at 9 a.m. on Sept. 22. All women alumnae will be recognized during the football game against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 22.
The Black and Gold return to competition on Sept. 29 at the USC Upstate Open, followed by a trip to High Point, N.C. for the HPU VertKlasse Open on Oct. 12.
The App State men will look to defend their Sun Belt title, while the women will look to win their second conference title in three season at the Sun Belt Championships on Oct. 27 in Mobile, Ala.
The Mountaineers return to Rock Hill, S.C. on Nov. 9 for the NCAA Southeast Regionals, with the qualifiers moving on to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 17.
The men’s program captured the Sun Belt title in Boone last season for their first conference championship since 2012. The Mountaineer women finished second at the Sun Belt Championships last season, after winning the title in 2016.